February 23, 2013
Bungie’s Destiny Has Been Revealed
After handing over their groundbreaking series Halo to 343 Industries, former-Microsoft developer Bungie has been working on a new sci-fi adventure. Earlier this month, Bungie launched the website for their newest gaming project, Destiny.
Destiny is a new franchise IP for Bungie, being published by Activision. Bungie has said that they plan to release the game with sequels and new content for ten years. This sounds like a very ambitious undertaking, but I’m sure the guys behind Halo can handle it. I just hope Activision doesn’t turn it into another Call of Duty cash cow.
The website for Destiny describes the game as “The next evolution of entertainment — an incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.” Just from this simple statement, you can tell Bungie’s back with a vengeance.
By an always-connected universe, Bungie means a multi-platform experience. The game will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3, as revealed by the pre-order page. But with the dawn of next-gen consoles on the horizon, it’s a general assumption that Destiny will also be released on the next generation of Xbox and Playstation consoles. In addition to home consoles, the game will be accessible through mobile apps and other media, as revealed by their first ViDoc highlighting the development of the game.
Now, what is this game actually about?
Destiny takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth, where humanity has expanded across the solar system and settled on other planets. But prior to the game’s events, some alien forces struck against the human settlements until they were knocked back to a single city on Earth. This is where you come in.
You, the players, are the Guardians of the last city on Earth, kept safe by the Traveler, a small planet hovering above the city. You, your friends, and quite likely some complete strangers, work together to protect the city from alien forces still inhabiting the planet outside of the city. You’ll journey into foreign lands, scarred and desolate parts of the Earth you once knew, trying to figure out the purposes behind the alien attacks and wielding the incredible power of the Traveler.
Destiny will be a multiplayer first-person shooter, but it will break all conventions of Halo’s multiplayer. Bungie says they will include co-op and competitive multiplayer within the game, and the two will be linked together with your character’s progress in the campaign. You’ll be able to go play multiplayer, and use the money you earn there to buy yourself a hoverbike or new armor that you could use for your campaign.
Furthermore, the co-op is a completely different experience from Halo’s co-op. The campaign in this game works in a similar way to what Bethesda’s Brink tried to accomplish with seamless single-player and multiplayer gameplay. The story will be a “highly crafted campaign” where players start in hub cities and can go out on optional missions across Earth or other planets. While the players are out, they may stumble upon a small skirmish between a few guardians and an alien militia. Or they can group up outside of a fortress or cave with complete strangers and begin a full-on MMO-style raid. If done correctly, this game could be all that Brink hoped to accomplish.
Since this game is an IP that Bungie plans to continue to develop for the next 10 years, they plan on constantly putting out new challenges, events and content to create a living, ever-changing alternate world. Seems like developers are finally catching on to that. While this game is not an MMO, it will take many of the elements of a Massively Multiplayer Online Game, and combine them with the conventions of a console FPS, and throw in some new social assets.
There’s no set-in-stone release date for Destiny, but it’s safe to say that this game should be coming out in 2014-15. Hopefully Bungie will keep us updated on this massive game’s progress, and who knows? Maybe we’ll see a playable demo at E3 this year. Destiny is definitely something that gamers should look out for in the coming years.
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