The Destiny community has been riled up in the last 24 hours by this Kotaku report. Apparently the game’s original story was rebooted almost one year before its September 2014 release.
Anyone who has played the original, vanilla Destiny will universally agree on one consensus: the story was terrible. The dialogue was unintentionally hilarious. The game’s missions felt repetitive with no coherent structure tying them together.
Now we finally know why this happened. When you make last minute changes to the script and go against the original writer’s wishes, the story will inevitably suffer.
One can’t help but wonder whether the originally planned story would actually have been better or worse than the final release, and whether Bungie’s panicked intervention was justified.
As someone who studied how to write and now writes for a living, I can totally sympathise with Joe Staten, the original project lead for Destiny who penned the game’s original story. The hard work of writers is always being disrespected and butchered.