Hit US TV shows The Wire, Lost and Battlestar Galactica have been named as the inspirations behind Bungie's upcoming online title Destiny.
"I think typically, for the Halo games, we looked at movies. But really for this game, we looked at serial television; great dramas like Lost or The Wire; Battlestar Galactica," design director Joe Staten told GameSpot.
"When you're building a world and you want to evolve it over time, it really helps to have an understanding of how you build this longer-form narrative. So for us, that was a really interesting new thing we did.
"I think we probably spend more time watching television these days than we do movies and that's definitely influenced the way we think about building our story."
Destiny is due out on PS4, Xbox 720 (not officially of course but, y'know, of course it is), Xbox 360 and PS3.