Bungie: Destiny Defies Genre Labeling
What is Destiny? FPS? MMO? Action/RPG? A hybrid of all those genres?
Even the developer isn't really sure. During the latest Bungie Weekly update, the studio was asked if they ever get tired of people labeling Destiny an MMO.
In response, the designer didn't really answer and in fact, they welcome the labeling debate with open arms:
"Not at all. Do you guys ever get tired of us insisting it's not an MMO? Debate about this game is always fun, and we welcome it. The ideas that are shaping Destiny come from a lot of different places. We're drawing the best elements from experiences we love. Like an MMO, our game will compel you to explore."
You'll embody a character that evolves on that journey. Unlike an MMO, the entire experience is built around heart-pounding action that you'll see through the eyes of your hero. Ultimately, we're looking forward to knowing how you describe Destiny, once you've played it."
For now, it's feeling more like an MMO or RPG-type, as Bungie is planning to let users customize a character from scratch. They said the "essential experience is bringing a character to life, and earning the rewards that will make you a legend." At the same time, the first-person shooter format can't be ignored, and we have to remember that - supposedly - there are stories to be told out there in the vastness.
It certainly does defy any specific genre title, that's for sure. But a lot of games are doing that these days; the lines between genres get blurrier with every passing generation, primarily because better technology simply allows developers to do more with any given production.
Related Game(s): Destiny
11/18/2013 10:07:45 PM Ben Dutka