David Cross, known for his role in the fantastic comedy TV series Arrested Development as Tobias, was hired by Bungie to write jokes “punch up” the Destiny script, but never actually used any of them.
Cross told IGN that both US Comedian Brian Posehn and himself were headhunted by Bungie in order to make the script for Ghost somewhat funnier, though as you may have noticed Ghost, voiced by Peter Dinklage, didn’t make many jokes… Unless “that wizard came from the Moon” line was actually meant to be funny… however that works.
Cross and Posehn “jumped” at the opportunity, and were excited to be part of the project, but learned that once the game released “they did not use a single, solitary thing that we wrote.”
“We were flown up to Bellevue, Washington to do a punch-up on the Ghost character in Destiny about a year ago. We were both very excited about it.”
“They did not use a single, solitary thing that we wrote, which is a shame. [But] I would imagine somebody somewhere said, ‘We can’t inject this levity or humour into it.’
“It’s a shame because I’ve played Destiny quite a bit. When it came out I was way into it and way excited about it, and when you’re at hour 20 of that thing, it’s like the Ghost is kind of monotone saying this thing, ‘We must get over the ridge. That’s the Cabal – we’ve got to defeat him.'”
Cross says that he and Posehn said that the game suffered from the lack of humor, saying it was “boring as shit” and that themselves, along with many other gamers have said “It would be nice to have a joke or something in there.”
Regardless, they found the experience very exciting, “to go up there and get paid to play a video game a year before it came out.”
Cross said that the jokes were mostly self-reverential one-liners, and stuff that was just making them laugh as they played the game, And they said they came up with a lot of stuff during the few days they were there.
It is quite odd that Bungie would hire comedy writers, then scrap everything they did. If it never fit with the tone the why bother in the first place? No doubt that some humor would have helped the the game somewhat even if it kept with the monotone Ghost.