by Will Holden
There’s no doubting that Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of the year. Bungie’s brand new sci-fi world has already captured the imaginations of the millions of gamers who participated in its alpha and beta versions. We recently had a chance to sit down with Eric Hirshberg, the CEO of Activision, to discuss why he feels delaying the game a while back was the right decision.
“It was the right decision to delay it because you never get a second chance to launch [a new game] and make that first impression. Obviously we wanted to prioritize getting the game right and setup for the 10 year vision that we have for ‘Destiny’.”
As for the idea that Destiny’s release date would conflict with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s November release, Hirshberg stated that he didn’t feel it would be much of an issue. He told us that the two games’ release dates are about as far apart as they could be while still remaining in the holiday quarter. He also noted that, while both games are first-person action games, their style and approach to the genre vary greatly.
“One is a gritty, somewhat realistic, military shooter, and the other one is a far-future fantasy with capes and aliens and takes place on other planets. So yes, they both have the first-person point of view in common, but I think they’ll actually attract some different types of fans.”
Even with the differing fan bases, Hirshberg notes that there will be plenty of crossover as well. He stated that the first-person genre has proven to have enough of a mass appeal to allow for multiple blockbuster titles to release within the same season. It also doesn’t hurt that the Call of Duty series has seen consistent success over the last several years, and that Bungie’s Halo franchise has earned the company a dedicated fan base of their own.
Destiny will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it launches on September 9th. Prospective PS4 owners can look forward to the white console bundle that will be releasing on the same day.