Joe Ziegler, formerly the game director for Riot’s tactical shooter Valorant, has joined Bungie to work on Destiny 2, which will no sure reignite rumours about a competitive Destiny title that is allegedly in the works.
It’s been almost a year since Ziegler announced he was leaving his role as game director for Valorant. He had been with the project for about eight years, during which time he had contributed to the game’s creation prior to release and helped steer its development after release.
After a year of helping out with whatever it was he was staying at Riot to work on, he’s joining the team at Bungie, though it doesn’t sound like he’ll be working on Destiny 2.
His tweet revealing the change, which was spotted by Forbes writer Paul Tassi, adds that he is working on “new stuff that maybe will one day get to be played by you all.” His Twitter bio has been updated to reflect his new position as game director at Bungie rather than just on Destiny 2.
Bungie is currently developing a plethora of exciting new products. Both the confirmed and the rumoured versions exist. A few are based on the Destiny IP, while the others are original creations. What might Ziegler possibly be up to at this time?
Given his track record of making Valorant a top-tier competitive first-person shooter, it’s likely that he’ll be contributing to the heavily speculated-upon but as-of-yet unconfirmed competitive spin-off for Destiny 2.
Bungie employment listings over the past few years have hinted at the development of a competitive game in the Destiny universe, a hero-based shooter in the vein of Overwatch, Apex Legends, or – you guessed it – Valorant. Despite the lack of confirmation, this appears to be the best option for Ziegler.
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Fans of Destiny have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the idea of a hero shooter, even if it hasn’t been confirmed. While Destiny 2 does feature a competitive PvP arena called the Crucible, it’s generally overlooked in favour of the game’s vast collection of story-driven player-versus-environment missions. Players’ concerns about Destiny 2’s PvP modes could be allayed by switching to a competitively-focused game.
Bringing in someone with Ziegler’s ability and experience with Valorant will have tongues going once again about this rumoured hero shooter, though he might be lending his wealth of knowledge to any of Bungie’s next projects. However, you’ll have to stay at it in the Crucible with the best Destiny 2 PvP weaponry for the time being.
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