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On February 17, the company originally responsible for “Halo,” possibly one of the biggest franchises available on Xbox 360, has revealed their new project “Destiny.” A futuristic shooter that seems to be set on a near-apocalyptic setting with humanity attempting recovery while still declining.
In an age where humanity once colonize other planets, the Earth home planet suffered from a catastrophe known only as “The Collapse,” which decimated the human population until only a small fraction of it remained. The mysterious appearance of a massive spherical structure known as “The Traveler” prevented the extinction of humankind and gave a place to rebuild right beneath where it lays floating on top of the Earth. Once humanity started to explore the outskirts of the planet again, they discovered they were not alone, hostile and unknown creatures have now become present on the edges of civilization. The player is placed into the game as a soldier able to wield some of The Traveler’s power to defend the city and reclaim what humanity has lost. (Click here to watch the recently released ViDoc revealing the project.)
Rumors/ Expected Gameplay Elements:
Not much about the game has been released, only a few concept art videos with what to expect on this year’s E3 and few rumors about what the game will do differently than other games in the bungie repertoire. So far, the people we have been able to talk to seem to be thinking of this game as another “Halo” project or “Halo-like” game, but from what little info available, it is pretty evident that Bungie is aiming in an entirely new direction, even if some successful “Halo” elements are borrowed and implemented to “Destiny.”
The following quote comes from an article published by Gamespot on February 15, 2013.
“According to the documentation, Destiny will be a first-person shooter set in an “always-connected” universe that allows gamers to create a character and earn customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles.”
In the ViDoc we see some of the developers tweaking with a few Iphone apps that allow the player to stay communicated with the gaming community they’ve created exclusively for Destiny; it is apparent that Bungie isn’t just building a game, they are attempting to build an entirely new experience for their players. Bungie’s 10-year publishing year with Activision is evidence of that, we can not assert that this deal means continuos updates to heighten the player experience and keep us hooked, but judging by the fact that some developers have stated things such as”
“We’re building something alive, it has a nature that we don’t totally control, things are gonna happen that we don’t plan and that’s amazing” (heard on ViDoc)
It seem comfortable enough to speculate that somehow, Bungie will manage to make this new universe feel fluid, alive and connected for all of their players. I am curious to know whether it will be a single player campaign with a multiplayer or if they will break away from that traditional structure and somehow merge the two into a more fluid mechanic, if someone can pull a move like that, it is definitely Bungie.
Those who are loyal to Bungie should be very excited for the turnout of this project, from what little information is available it looks like it could be a promising title that any gamer should consider picking up.
An official release date is yet to be announced, but it is rumored to be in 2014.