NoiseFloor Ltd. brings AAA game to “Destiny 2”

Over the second weekend of the month, more than one million Destiny 2 players conducted virtual warfare inside an audiovisual theater that was built with help from NoiseFloor Ltd.

The Chicago-based company handled sound design and mixing for the game’s Bellevue, WA-based developer, Bungie.

A first-person shooter spectacle where players serve as one of humanity’s last remaining guardians, Destiny 2 features a variety of blasts produced by an arsenal of weapons in a story loaded with heroes, villains and strikingly realistic motion graphics.

The game was released by publisher Activision Blizzard on September 6.

NoiseFloor added two new studios in 2017
NoiseFloor added two new studios in 2017

According to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, early sales performance not only broke all existing “pre-order” totals, but also notched a “record day-one performance on PlayStation Store.”

Work on Destiny 2 created plenty of excitement within NoiseFloor’s River North office as well. At its busiest, the project expanded far beyond the two new audio rooms that the studio added in 2017.

“The sound design was intense and required a lot of horsepower in terms of technology,”says lead sound designer Bryen Hensley. “There were times when we had three, four or even all five rooms working on one part of the game.”

Destiny 2 falls within the AAA classification for video games, which Wikipedia defines as “video games with the highest development budgets and levels of promotion.”

The tools of 360 AR/VR sound
The tools of 360 AR/VR sound

Besides Destiny 2, NoiseFloor’s expertise for projects of this caliber can be heard on “Injustice 2,” the Netherrealm / Warner Brothers’ sequel to “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” The company edited and mixed the localized dialogue in the cinematics for each of the five languages that the game ships.

In 2017, the NoiseFloor added two new state-of-the-art studios to address an increasing workload. When it comes to emerging digital media and all the 360-degree, augmented/virtual reality that comes with it, co-owners Cory Coken and Jamie Vanadia are ready to play.

“It was an intense four or five months getting the projects finished, but we are eager for more,” says Vanadia.

“Being a third party vendor in the video game world can be difficult,” adds Coken. “But with our team of sound designers and the latest tech, we made it happen.”