Hello everyone. It’s sharing time.
I was on the internet looking at random gaming articles, and I stumbled across a headline that was surely troll bait. “Bungie hates Microsoft? Let’s hate back.” I was 100 percent certain it was about Destiny. I knew nothing good would come of clicking the link, but I took the bait. Even with that headline, I was not prepared for what I would read. Let’s examine a few quotes.
“…..the bottom line is the corporate management of Microsoft turned Bungie into one of the most influential and successful studios in gaming history. If it weren’t for Microsoft, and the tireless support of Microsoft fans, Bungie would likely be the world’s most successful gaming studio … for Macs.”
“Halo fans are right to feel entitled. The “they don’t owe you anything” argument is the wrong one to make because gamers should look out for fellow gamers, not gigantic studios backed by even-more-gigantic publishers.”
“I wonder how all the PS4 supporters who think Xbox fans are overreacting would behave if Naughty Dog’s Last Of Us launched early on Xbox 360 and came with exclusive content for more than a year.”
“Like with any messy divorce, it’s the kids who suffer most.”
“Bungie could have just as easily won over Sony fans the same way they won over Microsoft fans: by making great games. Instead they chose to take the years of loyal support from Microsoft fans for granted and give exclusives to a fanbase that never gave them anything.”
Good god man. All quotes are from an article written by Mo Mozuch. That article can be found here.
So Mo Mozuch. Buddy. Let me attempt to understand. Bungie creates Halo, a franchise that rose to prominence on the back of Microsoft. They have a successful partnership over a number of years, making each other a great amount of money. At some point, for whatever reason, Bungie decides to explore making games for platforms outside of the Microsoft brand. They also decide that they will give one of those platforms exclusive content that Microsoft either will not get, or will get after a length of time has passed. And you feel like this is some sort of betrayal. I think that’s what you’re saying.
Let’s talk about a somewhat similar situation. Insomniac Games, creators of Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, made games exclusively for Sony platforms over a number of years. Possibly longer than the Halo franchise existed. Actually, it was longer. From 1996-2012, Insomniac only made games for Sony. Insomniac decided to explore making games for other platforms in 2012. They branched out to mobile first, then created Fuse for the PS3 and 360. Insomniac went one step further and followed up with Sunset Overdrive, a highly anticipated XBox One exclusive title that Sony platforms will likely never see. They didn’t make it available for both sides and throw Microsoft some exclusive content. Nah. It’s only on XBox One. So are you telling me as a PS4 owner I would be right to feel betrayed? Let’s be serious here man.
If we think about it, who started the practice of exclusive DLC anyway? I believe Microsoft did. I won’t go on record as saying that is a fact, but I don’t remember this practice prior to Microsoft securing the rights to time exclusive content for Call of Duty titles every year. Most of the time the content isn’t anything mind blowing, so I don’t even know why this practice is so frowned upon. I just find it funny that Halo fans feel shunned. If you were REALLY fans of Bungie, you would be excited to play their latest project. It seems to me you were only a fan because they made the biggest Microsoft exclusive. Now that you no longer feel their projects give Microsoft an upper hand in the “console war” you have a problem?
I’m not gonna act like this is a one sided thing. Remember when Grand Theft Auto first debuted on the XBox 360? Sony fans felt exactly the same Halo fans do now. It was just as stupid then. I mean, I wrote not too long ago about my displeasure with Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive. That was pretty stupid too. I’m not perfect. We all get used to seeing certain franchises in certain places. However, I’m not going to gripe over some armor and 1 or 2 missions that don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. The notion that Bungie would be nothing without Microsoft is very short sighted in my opinion. That partnership was beneficial for both parties, and neither owes the other a damn thing. If you feel Destiny isn’t worth a purchase simply because it’s not centered around the XBox brand, that’s your choice. I just feel trying to justify that choice is an exercise in futility.
Mo asked how Sony fans would feel if The Last of Us was on XBox One early with exclusive content for a year. First of all, Destiny releases on both platforms the same day. So what Sony gets the alpha. So what they get the beta a few days early. Stop trying to make a point with erroneous information. Anyway, my honest answer is I would be ecstatic. I love Naughty Dog to death, and any success they have makes me feel as if I will get more games from them. If they decided to start working exclusively with Microsoft, I would follow in a heartbeat. It’s that simple. I think that highly of them. With the way Microsoft fans spoke of Bungie prior to Destiny, I assumed the reverse would be true if it came to that. Now I see it was never about their talent for some. It was simply about what Halo did for Microsoft. Bungie never gave Sony fans anything? How could they when they were partnered with Microsoft? Now they give Sony fans something and you complain about it? Backwards as fuck.
Anyway, this constant bickering is tiring. This is the gaming landscape we live in. The stakes are high, and everyone involved has to do what is best for them. Bungie probably felt they needed to take extra steps to build a relationship with their new fans. They probably expected Microsoft fans to ride out no matter what as a thanks for the Halo years. Where the fuck is YOUR loyalty you entitled pieces of shit. Calling for Bungie fans to turn their backs over some damn DLC? Grow the fuck up. If you hate Bungie for rocking with the “enemy” just be honest and say that. Stop acting like these developers have to cater to what you feel should be happening. You gonna cry if Titanfall pops up on PS4? Anyone bitching about Garden Warfare crossing over? What about the gang of XBox One games getting exclusive DLC. Rant about that yet? Was there outrage when Mass Effect and Bioshock crossed over? I don’t remember it. So kindly shut the entire fuck up with this Destiny bullshit. Thank you, come again.