Destiny Writer's New Game is About a Girl Trapped in a Desert With Robots

By Julian Benson on at

ReCore was one of the games that intrigued me most at E3 2015 and it's also one that Microsoft has said basically nothing about since its reveal trailer.

It's being made by Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio (the team behind Metroid Prime) so already there's reason to be excited. Over Christmas it was also revealed that the game's dialogue and story is being written by Joe Staten, the guy who wrote the original story for Bungie's Destiny.

Staten left Bungie back in 2013, apparently less than amicably, and hasn't been attached to any major project since.

The news of Staten's involvement came out in a New York Times article on female protagonists in video games. Apparently the game follows Joule, a woman who believes herself to be the last human on the desert world of Far Eden. Through the game you'll try to revive the human race using sentient robots.

Staten says that “the male gender does not have the monopoly on heroism. Joule is emblematic of this conviction, and we hope she’s a character who stands strong and stands out in a market filled with male heroes”.

Last year Kotaku's Jason Schreier posted a huge feature revealing the messy development of Destiny including Bungie's near-complete rewrite of the game's story just one year before the its release. Staten's name pops up throughout the piece.

Back in 2013 he was one of Bungie's lead writers, he was lead writer on Halo ODST and had had a hand in many of the studio's other games. He wrote the original story for Destiny, spending years putting its plot together, coming up with the lore for the different races, the traveller, the guardians, all of it. When he presented it to his bosses in 2013, though, they called for a complete rewrite. According to Schreier's article, "they decided it was too campy and linear, sources say, and they quickly decided to scrap Staten’s version of the story and start from scratch."

Amid the rewrite in 2013 Staten left Bungie (though the studio wouldn't reveal this until months later). Two of Schreier's sources told him the split was not amicable.

Hopefully this year will see Microsoft begin to reveal more about ReCore because we've little more than the trailer to go on at the moment.