This Week at Bungie
This week at Bungie, we’re on the edge of our seats.
The people working on Destiny 2 are more anxious than the players they’re eager to serve. It’s been more than a month since we first revealed an attack on our City.
Now we're going to show you how we’ll fight back. At this hour, the Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere is officially less than one week away.
That was fun to say!
Seven days from now, there will be no new information to read on this blog. The details you’ve been seeking will be in your hands. You’ll be passing them back and forth, talking about what it all means to you. Guardians attending the event – some of whom you probably follow – will be going on record with impressions from a first-person, hands-on perspective.
This has every single person on the Bungie team excited (except for that one person who’s always cranky). Years ago, when we first started talking about what we wanted our brave new world to be, it was Jason Jones, the original Game Director for Destiny, who said it best:
## ** ***“The fantasy you have when you’re creating an experience is that someone else is going to enjoy it…”*
That’s what brings us into work every day, and though it’s not easy, there are few of us who think of it as work. We get to build worlds where fascinating people like you can come together. For some time now, while you’ve been exploring the world of Destiny, we’ve been building new worlds and packing them full of action and mystery.
Next week, we’re opening a door to our next adventure. Jones is still around, but the torch has been passed to a new Game Director, backed up by a team who has watched every step the Guardians have taken together into the unknown. We’ve tackled the immense responsibility of earning the right to put a number on the box. In a matter of days, we’re going to Los Angeles to tell you how we’ve risen to that challenge.
A lot has been said about who gets to attend this event. The correct answer is “Everyone!” The revelation will be televised -- or “streamed” to be accurate, but that gets in the way of a catchy old phrase. If you’re used to watching our streams, report to the usual outpost. If you want to browse some new options to follow the message in your own language, we just might have you covered this time.
The Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere is an important moment for our community. We hope you’ll all be a part of the live audience. This is the perfect moment to reach back out into the void and reunite the wayward players on your friends list. A new Destiny adventure is about to begin, and we’ll need every Guardian at the ready.
We take the next step together in one week.
In our continuing mission to make the world we actually live in a better place, I’m passing the space-magic-powered megaphone to Bungie Foundation Manager Christine Edwards.
How goes our other campaign Christine?
Christine: The Men in Kilts fundraising competition was a huge success! The event raised a record $88,960 in support of the Ronald McDonald House, equating to 2,965 nights in which a patient and their family will not have to pay for housing while they receive treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Your generosity put Bungie squarely in 1st place as Kings of the Kilt, with $30,000 raised!
Now we’re shifting our focus to the Gauntlet Tabletop Tournament fundraiser, supporting Treehouse. Check out how Mox Boarding House’s charitable arm, ENGAGE, chose Treehouse to be this year’s beneficiary.
At last count, Team Bungie has raised about $11,000. Let’s show Treehouse the same love that we showed the Ronald McDonald House! Help us get to $30,000 by heading to our Donation Page and committing your support by Sunday, May 21.
Don’t forget about the sweet backer rewards for your contribution:*
$50 – The “Eye of Eternity” player emblem
$100 – The prize above, plus a “Programmer Art” caricature of you
(We can’t guarantee it’ll be good, but it will be funny!)
$250 – All prizes above, plus play Destiny with a Bungie Dev**
$500 – All prizes above, plus lunch with Team Bungie
(transportation and lodging not included)
You’ll receive an email no later than Friday, June 2, about the fulfillment of each reward.
*If you donate $250 separately to each of the Men in Kilts and Gauntlet fundraisers, you will be able to play Destiny twice with a different Bungie Dev!
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