Destiny’s Budget “Nowhere Near” $500 Million

The budget for Activision’s and Bungie’s Destiny was always believed to be around $500 million. Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, has stated before that the publisher will be investing $500 million into the project, a figure that has since been associated with the game’s marketing and development budget. But developer Bungie has refuted these claims.

Bungie’s Chief Operating Officer Pete Parsons explained, while speaking with GameIndustry International, that the budget for developing the game is nowhere near that sum, but instead might apply to the overall long investment for the series. “For marketing you’d have to ask Activision people, but for development costs, not anything close to $500 million,” he said. “I think that speaks a lot more to the long-term investment that we’re making in the future of the product.”

Bungie’s Eric Osborne added the following, “We’re pouring everything it takes into Destiny to ensure it meets our fans’ expectations, and our own. “Activision is, too. But the budget for Destiny, including associated marketing costs and pizza Wednesdays, is nowhere near 500 million dollars.”

Bungie’s most recent weekly update for the game also ensure’s that Peter Dinklage’s heavily criticized voice acting for Ghost has already been changed for the Beta, and that it will keep changing and updating until the game comes out on September 9.

Be sure to check out our hands-on impression of the Alpha that recently hit Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Expect to play Destiny on that date on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.



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  1. tgruver

    This was all just a bit of confusion on fans’ part. Activision, of course, only stated the $500 million was going to come from a combo of development, marketing and distribution over Destiny’s entire shelf-life, which is a pretty penny, but realistic over 5-6 yrs. Bungie’s no doubt right on this one.

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