WWE Star ‘Big Show’ Speaks with Bungie CEO About Destiny 2 and the Community During E3 Panel
This year’s E3 has been full of heavy hitting and highly-anticipated titles from developers all over the world. One of those developers is the infamous Bungie. The developing giants are preparing for the release of Destiny 2, which promises to improve on the world-wide phenomena that released in 2014. At the Bungie Now panel at E3, WWE superstar Big Show sat down with Bungie CEO Pete Parsons to discuss the changes in the sequel, as well as how important the Destiny community is to the company.
The larger than life WWE wrestler Big Show just so happens to be a dedicated fan of the Destiny franchise. Big Show admits that he prefers to play as a Hunter, and has a deep burning hatred for the Titan class, due to getting slaughtered in PvP by many Titans. The seven foot wrestler claims to have spent countless hours completing raids and tearing through Iron Banner matches. So, who better to have a sit down talk with Bungie CEO Pete Parsons about the forthcoming Destiny 2?
During the Bungie Now panel, Parsons and Show talked about clan opportunities in Destiny 2. Clan members will be able to dish out job roles within the clan to plan the ultimate strategy when running the toughest raids. As far as details, nothing has been outlined yet, but as the release date gets closer, expect specific details.
Throughout the interview, Big Show repeatedly asked Parsons for in-game codes. At one point the wrestler joked:
I’m not doing this for free. I’m not waiting for another six months to get Gjallarhorn.”
Parsons never agreed to giving his seven foot interviewer a code for the game, despite a plethora of requests. However, Pete Parsons did present a replica of one the Exotic weapons, Coldheart, that will be featured in the upcoming game. Big Show hugged the replica and asked the audience if they’d “ever seen a seven foot nerd cry before”. Big Show then aimed the weapon at Parsons and while smiling, demanded more codes.
According to Parsons, the Destiny community is a high priority to the company. Bungie’s goal is to create “great worlds” both in-game and in the real world. When it comes to the game world, the developing team listened to the community. The clans feature that was mentioned above was a key feature that was requested by many fans. A strong narrative is another aspect that fans felt was missing from the first game, but Parsons says that there will be much more narrative in the upcoming sequel, and will facilitate individual player stories for a more personal experience.
When it comes to making a “great world” in the real world, Bungie has been giving back to the community by being involved in such programs as the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The gaming giants also work with charities for the iPads for Kids program. When the tsunami devastated Nepal, Bungie donated over a million dollars to disaster relief that came from the Destiny community. T-shirts were made and sold on their website to raise money for these charities.
As the Bungie Now panel continued, Pete Parsons expressed his eternal gratitude to Big Show and the entirety of the Destiny community for the fund raisers as well as the consistent flow of feedback, which has helped shape Destiny 2. Parsons and the rest of the Bungie team are excited to get the new title into the hands of the fans across multiple platforms.
Destiny 2 is slated for a September 5 release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and October 24th on PC. There will be a beta for pre-orders on July 16th for console, and a PC beta that has yet to be announced.
Are you excited for Destiny 2? What do you think of the commitment that Bungie has expressed for the community as well as giving back, and trying to make the world a better place? Did you catch the Bungie Now live stream? Sound off in the comments section below. Be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of E3’s hottest news.
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