Last week, Bungie released a cutscene, clearing the doors of its convoluted and mysterious story. that spelled out exactly what the Traveler – that big white moon at the center of the series’ storyline – was and where it came from.
For Destiny fans must be immensely satisfying, but for them it was something else. artist Julian Faylona aka ELEMENTJ21who noticed that part of the official video definitely looked like a piece of their own Destiny fan art that they first published online in 2020.
“I just realized that Bungie was inspired by my piece for this week’s cutscene,” they tweeted last week. “When I watched the cutscene it definitely surprised me”. As you can see below, the similarities between Faylona’s piece (right in green) and the artwork in Bungie’s trailer (black, left) suggest a very generous use of the word “inspiration”:
In response, Bungie said computer gamer He said they “planned to compensate and credit them for their work” over the weekend.
“We discovered that an external supplier who helped create this cutscene mistakenly used this image as a reference, assuming it was the official Bungie image. We are currently waiting to hear from the artist to take steps to rectify this situation.”
These “company removing fan art” stories can often be harsh, and rightly so, given that they’re often considered outright theft.– in this particular case, Faylona was surprisingly cold about everything.
“Honestly, I’m really excited and happy that the piece I did 2 years ago – which even back then I was totally admitting was based on the Destiny franchise – took the cutscene.” they said computer gamer in a statement. “It was completely unexpected and completely surprised me. So much so that I wanted to make a note about it.