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 Destiny  design director departs Bungie
Destiny design director departs Bungie
September 24, 2013 | By Christian Nutt

September 24, 2013 | By Christian Nutt
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Joseph Staten, writer and design director on the 2014 shooter, has abruptly left Bungie today, as revealed in a post on the company's official blog.

Staten's statement gives no real hint about why the 15-year veteran has left the company in the middle of its latest game's development.

"I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges," Staten writes. "While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness."

Destiny is set to be released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One sometime next year.

When Gamasutra reached out to Destiny publisher Activision for comment on the departure, a representative for the company said it had no comment beyond what was written in the blog post.

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Wes Jurica
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Wha-wha-whaaaaaaat? Wow! Wonder what the story behind this story is...

Michael Joseph
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It's probably not nearly as exciting or full of intrigue as we might imagine. :)

I'm guessing (because guessing games are fun!) by "new creative challenges" that he simply found a new gig somewhere else doing something closer to what he'd rather be doing. It might also mean something more hands on as opposed to being a director.

Dane MacMahon
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I wonder if he wanted to work on something more story focused than a multiplayer game.

Though to be honest I am still confused about how story focused Destiny is.

Scott Lavigne
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I'm imagining it was just a lot of creating the world in a bunch of design docs for people to reference when they make visual designs or write up a short bit for quest dialogue.

Patrick Haslow
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This story reads as sensational. Since when is someone leaving after 4 years on one project considered headline news in this industry?

Wes Jurica
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Because he's been a huge part of Bungie's success since he joined them in 1998. He is a big reason why the Halo Universe is as fleshed out as it is (he even wrote one of the novels). I'm sure that most Bungie fans were looking forward to him being around for this next franchise.

Jean-Marc Wellers
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Indeed, but just like he said, it's been 4 years, the scenario, all of the context of the game is pretty much finished.
I feel that him leaving now will probably not have a HUGE impact on Destiny's come-out.
Still, good sir gone from Bungie...
Wonder where he's going now :)

Matthew Buxton
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Best of luck to the guy.

Harry Fields
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I wish he should've stuck it 'til Destiny shipped, but sometimes an opportunity too good to pass up comes along. I can't fault the guy. And after 15 years, sometimes you simply need a change of environment.