A game like Destiny, which has huge PvP and PvE components, has a lot of information the player needs to abosrb at once. Whether it's their own stats, the enemy's status, or just where they are in the world, a lot of work was put in to make sure players knew their state of being at all times.
At GDC 2016, Bungie's David Candland gave a talk on that design process, showcasing everything from item management to how players move from system to system. It's a fascinating breakdown of how a company like Bungie, who's been making high-quality first-person shooters for over a decade, approaches building a new interface system when adding more RPG elements.
If you weren't there, be sure to watch the whole thing for free via the official GDC YouTube channel.
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