Destiny 2 is practically here, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories about Destiny 1 still worth talking about. This one comes from the early days of Destiny, when it was still in development at Bungie before anyone outside the company had seen it. According to one of the veteran members of Bungie who helped birth the idea for Destiny, the game originally was going to be very similar to Overwatch.
That is according to the book Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier who spoke to Jaime Griesemer. Griesemer was a longtime employee of Bungie who worked on all the Halo games and had a hand in helping to create Destiny. He says that an early iteration of Destiny (at that time working under the codename Project Tiger) strongly resembled Blizzard’s game that was also in development called Project Titan. Titan was an MMO that would later be scrapped by Blizzard but then resurrected in the form of Overwatch.
Griesemer told Schreier that he made the connection between the two games when he visited Blizzard:
“I went to Blizzard for a while, and played Titan, and I was like, ‘Holy s***, you guys are working on the same game, down to character classes.”
Clearly, both Tiger/Destiny and Titan/Overwatch would become very different games before they finally shipped, but at least early on the two games shared some common ground. Griesemer says that at that time Bungie hadn’t settled on whether Destiny would be a first- or third-person game yet.
Griesemer went on to say that he was the one who came up with the idea for Bungie to make a shared-world shooter, but admits that there were multiple complete resets of the game. It seems that each reset took Destiny closer to Bungie’s Halo roots, which Griesemer says he was hoping to avoid, and which ultimately led to Bungie letting him go from the company. Griesemer went on to be a lead designer for inFAMOUS: Second Son and then co-founded the indie studio Highwire Games, which is currently working on the PSVR title, Golem.
Destiny is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.