Tell GR: What should Bungie do after leaving Activision?

Bungie has announced its split from Activision, with the two companies parting amicably and the developer taking the rights to Destiny. While Activision stock may have plummeted following the announcement, Destiny fans are pretty happy about the situation, with Activision being blamed for some of the more controversial decisions in the series.

Following the news, we asked the GameRevolution editorial team on what they’d like to see from Bungie following the Activision split. As always, leave your own opinion in the comments section below, and we’ll feature our favorite comment in Monday’s Tell GR.

Paul Tamburro, executive editor: “I’d like to see a Destiny 3 where Bungie doesn’t scrap everything it learned from previous games before starting afresh for no good reason. Destiny has always been a better game in practice than it is in execution, and it remains to be seen how much Activision played a part in its problems. Personally, I just want to play a Destiny game where the PvP doesn’t wind up irreparably broken and the PvE doesn’t drag me through a hopelessly dull story.”

Jason Faulkner, senior editor: “I’d like to see much less concentration on microtransactions. In my time with Destiny 2, I didn’t notice they were incredibly pervasive, but they have informed certain decisions I hate, like making shaders one-use items. I’d rather pay $5 every few months for a mini-expansion or something than have to feel like I have to check out the Eververse or miss out on items. In general, though, I’d like to see Bungie actually figure out where they want to take the game and series as a whole. Since Destiny 2 came out I kinda feel like they’ve just been winging it from update to update, which is most evident in how absolutely crap Curse of Osiris and Warmind were. Things improved in Forsaken, but for a series with such an epic backdrop the lore is just so fragmented and hard to follow.”

Mack Ashworth, lead editor: “Though I’m totally ignorant of the logistics involved, I’d like to see the entire Destiny universe come together into one game, with it constantly evolving over time. I’d prefer a much more seamless experience for veterans and newcomers, rather than a separate “Destiny 3.” I’d also like the silly microtransactions to go away. The main issue with the current MTs is that Bungie limited the coolest of loot to the Eververse. Sure, it might be cosmetic, but it made all other loot look dull in comparison. I think, what with the $60 entry fee and the “Premium” expansions, players are already paying enough.”

Michael Leri, features editor: “As someone who doesn’t care about Destiny, I’d like to see the game get a little less scummy. Some of the microtransaction stuff seemed iffy and now it’ll be great to see if that really was Activision or not. Hopefully, having more control over the IP would make the experience more friendly across the board. Maybe Blizzard should even take notes.”

Bradley Russell, news editor: “I want a move away from a live service-style of game, maybe even away from the shackles of Destiny. I definitely feel like that was Activision’s doing. I remember reading about Destiny in a game magazine (remember those?) and I think what we ended up getting was about as far away from Bungie’s original vision as you can get.”

Yesterday’s Best Comment

Question: Tell GR: What should the new BioShock setting be?

Starling: “The next Bioshock should definitely head to space next! Like, it should be set on a space station or something cool like that! And the villain could be the AI that manages everything. Though I think “Bioshock” wouldn’t be an appropriate name with all that technology. Maybe.. TechShock? Naww, that doesn’t sound good. Hmm, tech, technology… system? Yeah! They should call it System Shock! That’s a cool name! This is the bestest idea ever!”