If you’ve been following any given number of video game journalists through various social networks and such, you may have heard tell of a major embargo that would be lifted today. Well, the embargo happened to be for a special preview of Bungie’s Destiny, which was given to a limited of number of people within the press earlier this week.
Considering these lucky people can now talk about their experience at Bungie HQ to their heart’s desire, the Internet has exploded with an array of very-long articles spilling every single known detail about the game. I have abridged this info barrage to give you the essential information about the game. If you’d like to learn more about Destiny, be sure to watch the above video and click the links below.
First off, Destiny is the first entry in what is intended to be a full-fledged series, with the debut game aimed for a late 2013 release on the Xbox 360 and PS3, with a PC release possibly coming somewhere down the line. Although it’s expected it could be delayed until sometime after the next-gen consoles are released. You should also know Destiny is the first game to be developed under the 10 year contract Bungie has with Activision, so expect to see a few entries in the series released over the next decade.
The basic story of Destiny is the Earth has been devastated by some kind of catastrophic event (likely inter-planetary war) and all that remains of the planet is one solitary city, which is protected by a mysterious alien sphere known as “The Traveller”.
Besides providing a protective shield over the city, “The Traveller” also provides mankind with advanced technology, which gives the Guardians (the human defenders of the city/you and your fellow players) with magic(?) powers and access to superior weaponry, in order to protect humanity. However, saving the human race will also require a lot of travelling on your part to combat the alien forces that are scattered throughout our known solar system.
As far as the broader story is concerned, it’s entirely shaped by how you play, so everyone will have their own legend to tell.
Gameplay wise, it’ll be a shooter much Halo but with a much wider scope, as it will be taking several cues from popular MMOs. Guardians will be fully customisable (class, weapons, armour, appearance, you can choose it all), and the game world will be absolutely massive.
While you can play the game solo if you don’t care for co-op or competitive play, the multiplayer component will be a major factor and player’s will be interacting with one another in towns and other public areas regardless of how the game is being played. Which brings me to the next point, in order to the play the game, you’ll need to be online at all times.
That last bit certainly sucks but at least Bungie promises it won’t be charging a subscription fee (which seems to be the only MMO feature Destiny won’t have), so that’s good to hear at least.
So that pretty much covers the essentials when it comes to Destiny. I have to say while I don’t like the idea of having to be online at all times, I do appreciate the game’s concept and from the looks of what’s been presented thus far, Destiny could be the next big thing.
Oh and the game can now be pre-ordered at several retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon. But ignore the listed release dates. They’re just placeholders.