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Arbitrator orders Bungie to restore Halo composer's stock in the company

An arbitrator has issued a preliminary injunction against Bungie, ordering them to return founders' stock to composer Marty O'Donnell, Venturebeat reports. O'Donnell was fired by Bungie's board of directors in April of this year. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Halo: Combat Evolved's score as a contractor, only to be brought on full time shortly thereafter. He is largely responsible for the soundtrack for the upcoming Bungie title, Destiny. In July, Bungie was ordered by the same court to compensate O'Donnell for unpaid wages, a sum totaling more than $95,000. Now, an arbitrator has ordered them to return stock to O'Donnell, specifically 336,375 shares of B-1 Preferred Stock as well as 48,000 shares of common stock. Bungie's lawyers "objected that if...

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One of Destiny's writers is now working on Telltale's Game of Thrones

Joshua Rubin, one of the writers behind Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny, has left the studio one month prior to its release for a new position at Telltale Games, he announced via Twitter. Rubin will be working on Telltale's upcoming episodic series based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series Game of Thrones and its subsequent HBO television show. Telltale announced the project last December during the 2013 Spike Video Game Awards and confirmed earlier this year that its plot will run parallel to the TV program. Thrilled to share that, after two great years at Bungie, I’ve moved to sunny CA to join @telltalegames! pic.twitter.com/4QpCRUQMwm — Joshua Rubin (@Pogoananda) August 18, 2014 "[Showrunners] [David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss have set an incredibly high standard...

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Destiny's version of Venus is a lush, tropical warzone

The real planet Venus seems like a fairly inhospitable place to visit, with its 800 degree Fahrenheit temperatures and carbon dioxide atmosphere, but the version in Bungie's Destiny is described as "a paradise." In a new trailer for Destiny, we get a look at a team of guardians exploring the lost planet, doing battle with enemies like the Vex and the Fallen and what appear to be some pretty intimidating warships. Bungie and publisher Activision recently showed off what Destiny's version of Mars looks like — a red planet filled with alien terrors to shoot. Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 9.

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Destiny goes to Mars in its newest trailer

The red dunes of the planet Mars will be one of the many battlegrounds players will explore in Destiny. Today, Bungie gives us a sneak peek at what threats players will face among the ancient ruins of a once-populated Mars. It appears that two of the primary species players will face on Mars are the Cabal and Vex, the hulking humanoids and time-traveling robotic aliens of Destiny, respectively. Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 9.

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Destiny's first expansion launches in December, multiplayer trailer revealed

Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, is scheduled to be available this December on all platforms, developer Bungie announced today during Sony's Gamescom 2014 press briefing. Jonty Barnes, director of production at Bungie, announced some new timed exclusives for PlayStation customers. The Dark Below will be available early on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and players on those platforms will also get early access to a Strike mission, Dust Palace, and the competitive multiplayer map Exodus Blue. The competitive mode, Crucible, features six-on-six multiplayer action. You can check out a brand-new Crucible trailer above. Destiny will be available Sept. 9 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game's special editions include access to the two currently announced expansions.

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Paul McCartney will release his Destiny 'theme song' as a single

The music of Destiny was a collaborative effort between Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell, his partner Mike Salvatori and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. One of McCartney's contributions to the game's soundtrack, The New York Times reports, will be released as a single later this year. The Times calls McCartney's track the game's theme song, reporting that it is fully orchestrated and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios under the direction of Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Other details about the song are under wraps, apparently, so it's unclear if the song features McCartney's vocals and is in the vein of a theme song like "Live And Let Die," which Paul and Linda McCartney wrote for the James Bond movie of the same name. Interestingly,...

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Destiny doesn't end when its story does, and Bungie thinks you'll keep coming back

Destiny is designed to keep players coming back after its story concludes, developer Bungie's Luke Smith told IGN. The first part of the multiplayer first-person shooter will usher players and their character through a narrative, but the developer has a plan to keep players on our solar system's battlefields. "I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said. "As soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell … we want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20." Must Read D...

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Destiny beta: Over 4.6 million served

More than 4.6 million people played the beta for Bungie's Destiny, publisher Activision announced today. The beta began July 17 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, then kicked off July 22 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One before concluding on the night of July 27. Across those four platforms, a total of 4,638,937 unique players explored the beta. That player base makes the Destiny beta the biggest one in this console generation so far, as well as "the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a press release today. As a comparison, Respawn Entertainment's beta for Titanfall in mid-February brought in approximately 2 million players, although it was available only on Windows PC and Xbox One. "We were totally blown away by the...

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Destiny beta now open, no codes needed

Bungie has just announced that the Destiny beta is now available to everyone with an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership. If you were holding out — or never part of the lucky few with a beta code — now's your chance to shoot or be shot in Bungie's newest sci-fi universe. If you're debating which console to check in for the beta, let this handy comparison video be your guide. The beta is set to run until Sunday night. Destiny launches Sept. 9, and you can check out gameplay footage from the beta below.

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Report: Walmart canceling Destiny Ghost Edition pre-orders 'due to a supply issue'

Walmart is canceling pre-orders of the Ghost Edition of Destiny and replacing them with the cheaper Limited Edition, according to a post on NeoGAF. A NeoGAF member posted what appears to be a screenshot of an email from Walmart to a customer who pre-ordered Destiny's Ghost Edition on PlayStation 4. The $149.99 package includes a replica of a Ghost (the player's companion robot), a letter of introduction from developer Bungie and "relics" from the Golden Age of Destiny's fiction. "Unfortunately, due to a supply issue, we will be unable to fulfill [your order]," the email reads. "We would like to offer you a substitution with the Limited Edition, which is a comparable item." Destiny's Limited Edition, which does not contain the aforementioned goodies but comes with everything else in...

Destiny Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
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