Peter Dinklage's infamous dialogue from Destiny's alpha — which turned "That wizard came from the moon" into an instant meme — will get two tune-ups before the game launches in September, Bungie said yesterday in the studio's regular update to gamers.
Responding to the rhetorical question, "Hey, the Ghost dialogue in the Alpha was totally final, right?" — meaning Dinklage as the game's AI character — Bungie said the voice-over "has already been updated for Beta," and "It will be updated again for launch on Sept. 9, as well.
"Funny thing about Alpha builds ... they're not done. Please pardon our Moon dust!" Bungie added, directly referencing the meme.
Dinklage's seemingly deadpan, disinterested acting jolted many Destiny players during the game's alpha, raising concerns the game may have wasted the talent of an A-list actor (he portrays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones).
In response, Bungie whipped up a T-shirt bearing the lunar wizard catchphrase and it sold quite well. "We love that you can lean in and laugh with us, and even better, we love that you continue to blow us away with your generosity," Bungie says.
In other news in the update, Bungie reiterated that the $500 million figure tossed out by Bobby Kotick, the head of Destiny publisher Activision, is not a development budget for this game alone. "I think that speaks a lot more to the long-term investment that we're making in the future of the product," said Pete Parsons, the Bungie chief operating officer. In 2010, Bungie signed a 10-year agreement with Activision to deliver four games.
Bungie also divulged the full set of trophies/achievements, bearing some hints about future content in the game.