Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game published by Activision and developed by Bungie . Last month it was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This month a Microsoft Windows version is scheduled for release. Destiny 2 is the sequel to 2014’s Destiny and its subsequent expansions. The game is set in a “mythic science fiction” world, and features a multiplayer “shared-world” environment with elements of role-playing games. Players assume the role of a Guardian, protectors of Earth’s last safe city as they wield a power called Light to protect the Last City from different alien races.
So, what role does Hydroflight play in the release of this new video game? Well H2RO was speaking with Rob Innes of Jetavation Inc and our conversation included this promotional video for Destiny 2. We threw more questions at Rob about this project and both his answers and the video are below.
1) So Rob, how did this Destiny 2 project come about and when did you begin working on it?
The job actually came to us through Nathan Townsend of Jetovator Australia. He was approached by a big Social Media Marketing Company who had seen the Star Wars Jedivator video we did with Devon Supertramp. They had Activision (maker of big video games like Call of Duty, and Destiny) as one of their clients. In the Destiny game there are flying jet bikes called Sparrows that you race and do freestyle tricks with. They wanted us to try and replicate these bikes IRL.
Jetovator Australia negotiated the whole job and it almost didn’t happen as the launch of Destiny 2 drew closer and closer. Finally they pulled the trigger and started to pull in some big names to help promote it. They brought in some influential YouTubers and some Nitro Circus stunt riders to help boost the campaign.
2) What did you have to build for this project? Any new Jetovator variations? What were your biggest challenges?
Initially we planned on just re-shaping and duct taping the original speeder bikes from the Star Wars video but as I got more into it, and saw how cool the Destiny Sparrow bikes were, I decided to do a complete redesign. We really wanted to focus on good forward speed and replicate the look of the Sparrows as closely as possible. They had two primary bike designs, the Tumbler (the bigger flamed bike) and the EV39 and S35 (the two smaller, agile speeder bikes)
We made the Tumbler out of a stretched Quad flyer with control linkages from our Tandem Jetovator. I hand shaped the body out of Urethane foam and then fiberglassed over it all. I originally planned to just use my standard Duct Tape covering, but I was concerned the whole body would be destroyed on impact due to its immense size and weight. I had a lot of fun painting the flames and adding all the jets and rockets that I made out of various junk we had lying around the shop.
The smaller Pink and White speeder bikes were complete custom builds that were like super stretched Jetovators with all three Jets having a much more horizontal angle of attack for improved forward speed. You ride them like Drag motorcycles. Again, I shaped each body out of urethane foam over the custom frames built by our fab shop. Then we added all the fins and appendages and covered them in about 20 rolls of pink and white duct tape.
3) Who are the people that were involved in this project and what roles did they play?
We relied heavily on all our usual reliable contributors, like Joe Natale from NorCal Jetovator, and Kurt Binter from Hydroflight Solutions. We needed three very high output skis set up for hydroflight and Kurt gladly dragged his all the way from San Diego. Joey Natale and Bryce Yarnell did most of the crazy aerial stunt riding but we couldn’t believe how quickly the Nitro Circus guys took to stunting on the Sparrows. Ryan Williams (@rwillyofficial) and Bilko (@bilkofmx) got a quick crash course on how to fly the Jetovators and then we threw them right into flying the Sparrows on film. With in a couple of hours they were already running at full power, spinning them, and Ryan even pulled off a sweet backflip (albeit snapping off a front fin in the process)
We also had a couple of hilarious Australian YouTubers, Shammi and Jackson (@jacksonodohertyvideos) who have a huge following for their discussing antics; basically they are the JackAss guys of the Southern Hemisphere. They made the whole shoot really fun and I learned a ton of gross things from them that I will never be able to forget.
4) You mentioned working on a huge film (which we cannot discuss) but what future projects do you think this Destiny 2 work might spawn?
It’s been a crazy year at Jetovator and we have been fortunate to get to work on some amazing custom projects. We shot a major motion picture using some really unique Hydroflight devices we built. Can’t say what it is, but it could well end up being the most expensive movie ever made!
We have been selling a lot of Jetovator bikes as an add on to people’s existing Flyboard set-ups, so that has been a good new market for us. Kurt Binter has been really great at introducing the Jetovator to the die-hard Flyboard loyalists.
We have a number of other stupid videos coming out to follow up on our popular “…because America” video.
We will be releasing a Jetovator Jousting video in the next month which will also be an open invitation for any wanna-be Hydroflight Knights who want to show what they’re really made of!
I’m hoping the Destiny 2 video opens up a lot more commercial jobs. They are a lot of fun and our shop is really well geared towards this sort of quick-turn-around, prototyping. We may not be the biggest player in the Hydroflight Industry, but I can 100% guarantee no one has built more prototypes than us! Most of them end up in the Recycle Bin but we have found we can make almost anything fly…. so feel free to throw out any challenges!
We actually just got approached to do a sequel to this Destiny video so we are trying to come up with unique ways to really turn the next one up to 11. I’m hoping we can bring in some of the magic from Elkins Entertainment , and I’ve already spoken to Jeff about some lighting and pyrotechnic options.
5) We see you surfing your new creation in this pic… is that a version you’ll be keeping or what becomes of all of these new Hydroflight rides?
Our shop is starting to look more like a museum than a production shop. Most of these custom prototypes end up hanging on the wall and many of the less successful ones are scrapped for parts or re-purposed. No plans to produce any of these particular prototypes as they would never be cost effective to produce or particularly practical for public use. We would certainly bring any of them out of retirement for any live shows or events. Nor Cal Jetovator plans on using a lot of them for their Hydro Circus shows. They are getting a lot of bookings for their pool show featuring the Jetovator and Jet Deck, so they are looking to add some new attractions to entertain the crowds.
6) Finally, just curious if your Seabreachers have been doing more on screen work? What does the future hold for those awesome machines?
I’ve been really busy building new Seabreacher’s at Innespace. We just completed a spectacular new Sailfish and are currently filming a video featuring it. We have been focusing heavily on the commercial Seabreacher market with almost 70% of all new builds going to tourist operations offering passenger rides in the Seabreacher. Our most successful operation @HydroAttack now have 5 Seabreacher’s and have given over 25,000 passenger rides. New operations are popping up all around the World and we have made vast improvements to the Seabreacher designs based on feedback we’ve received from these operations who punish their Seabreacher’s on a daily basis. We also now have CE approval for the European market as well as reasonably priced Insurance making it easier for customers to own and operate them here in the US.
Rob, sounds like things are great and busy with you guys. We can’t wait to learn more about this blockbuster film featuring new Hydroflight creations and wish you all the best getting more people flying the Jetovator around the world.