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Bungie Deploys Destiny Details, Plots PlayStation 3 Debut

Posted by Sammy Barker

The next big thing

Few other developers could make a splash on the scale that Bungie has today. After years of speculation, the Bellevue-based studio has finally raised the curtain on Destiny, a persistent online first-person shooter that promises to change the landscape of the genre forever. And it’s firing onto PlayStation 3.

Coming from the architects of the Halo franchise, the online adventure is nothing if not ambitious. You’ll step into the shoes of a Guardian, who must explore a futuristic version of our own solar system in an effort to save the world from a deadly alien race. The twist is that you won’t be alone – the universe will be made up of a community of other Guardians, each attempting to protect the galaxy in their own unique way.

And this is where it gets really interesting: Destiny is always online. You’ll be able to travel the cosmos on your own, but you’ll need to be connected to the Internet to do so. As you explore, you’ll seamlessly be cycled in and out of other people’s games, giving the adventure an MMO-esque quality – and a really awesome hook.

Unlike games such as World of Warcraft, though, there’ll be no subscription fee. The upcoming title will restrict the number of other players that you encounter, so you won’t be sifting through social hubs bombarded with bodies. But if you’re struggling out on the battlefield, there’s a good chance that another player may pass you by. Whether they decide to help you out, however, is another matter entirely.

And the lofty ideas don't stop there. Bungie is aiming to extend the experience to smartphones, tablets, and other devices, allowing you to keep track of your progress on the move. The studio hopes that players will share stories as they play, with the emergent nature of the world ensuring that no two experiences will be identical.

However, that’s all that the developer is willing to share for the time being. The title’s set to release on PS3, but publisher Activision’s keeping the exact date under wraps. That means that there’s a good chance that the game could launch after the next generation has started, though there have been some reports of the shooter targeting future platforms, too.

Personally, we think it’s interesting that Bungie decided to disclose details about Destiny just three days before Sony’s set to reveal the PlayStation 4. Should we expect to learn a little more during the platform holder’s press conference next week? Stranger things have happened.

[via destinythegame.com, joystiq.com, joystiq.com, ign.com, eurogamer.net]

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Savino

#2

Savino said:

No more news till wednesday please! The hype train is full and already departed!

ShogunRokAdmin

#3

ShogunRok said:

Something about the announcement rubbed me the wrong way. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it'll be a great game, but the way they talked about the game in that documentary/trailer thing made it sound like the second coming of Christ.

Now, I don't mind developers hyping their game up, but at least show some gameplay to back up the claims.

Valky

#4

Valky said:

@ShogunRok They are well known for the Halo series so they have a background and those epic words are enough for the fans for now.

Cirno

#5

Cirno said:

This game is shaping up to be great! I found Halo to be like the only interesting Xbox exclusive, and this game has a very interesting idea.

Also dat Reggie reference at 1:08

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok No, you're not alone, I fully agree. It's interesting because all they've really shown here is ideas. As far as I can tell, press were shipped out to see the game, but didn't actually get to /see/ anything at all. I think they are completely overemphasising the importance of the fiction too. The setup sounds fine. Then again, it always baffled me how excited people got over Halo's story as well.

Thankfully, the game itself does sound interesting. The combination of Borderlands, Planetside, and Halo does sound tantalising, and probably is worth getting excited about. It's just a shame, as you say, that Bungie didn't decide to show more of the game, rather than vague promises.

rastamadeus

#7

rastamadeus said:

Promising looking game until you remember Bungie made Halo. Terrible, terrible games, possibly the only more boring thing in the world than playing a Halo game is watching cricket. One to watch - as it does look like it could be good - but at the moment I'm not interested.

MadchesterManc

#9

MadchesterManc said:

Wow. So much Halo hate lol As a Halo fan im obviously intrigued by what bungie are up to but like you guys have noticed, its just an announcement if ideas. Sure it sounds like a really good idea, but theres no content to back it up at the moment just words. I think thier hoping Halo fans are gonna start hyping the game but unfortunately, im not. I guess we'll have to wait for a Pushsquare hands-on before we can trust if the ideas have come to fruition seen as most of the game websites love hyping Halo (the crazy scores given to Halo4 was ridiculous considering it was probably the worst in the series) and will probably do the same with this.

Jaz007

#12

Jaz007 said:

I'm dissapointed by the possible lack of a single-player campain. I can't paly online so no single-payer is a huge turn off for me. I read there is a good chance this will be T which really stings if no single-player holds true cause I got pretty excited about this filling my FPS drought since there really is not much good aside from goldeneye that isn't rated M.

Knux

#13

Knux said:

This is probably the most interesting concept for a game in quite awhile. Count me interested. :O

ThreadShadow

#14

ThreadShadow said:

"Always on". That's one term being used for this game(series), and it's amazing how quickly those two little words, "always on", dropped my anticipation and excitement for this game.

Don't get me wrong, I can understand and appreciate what they are trying to accomplish, that is Halo+Borderlands+Journey . And it sounds great for an "MMO" or MMO-lite, but I don't play mmo's and am not really interested in starting. It's the "required to be online all the time" that I don't like, even though I understand their goal. I like to play offline, with people I know via splitscreen or System Link. I rarely if ever play online multiplayer modes.

I've enjoyed every single Halo game so far (haven't played 4 yet). And this sounds interesting and fun, but "always on" is a deal breaker for me.

It also sounds like a clever DRM.

Having visited the Bungie site again, and read some of the PR material for Destiny, I'd forgotten just how pretentious Bungie can be. I think others here where touching on that too.

Oh well, would have liked to play it but I guess I'll give it a miss.

Ginkgo

#15

Ginkgo said:

@rastamadeus : I'm so sorry that you don't like cricket. A game that combines great athleticism and skill with Chess like strategy and the endurance of a siege. ;-)

FullbringIchigo

#16

FullbringIchigo said:

really looking forward to this Halo is one of the few games i'm still keeping my 360 for and this is anything like them i know it'll be great

KALofKRYPTON

#17

KALofKRYPTON said:

Wow, don't think I've encountered so many people who really weren't that in to Halo. I loved the first game, second was a bit of a slouch in single player, but 8 player link ups were legendary times for me.
3 Always looked great, as does 4- but I can't justify a 360 and Live for one franchise and a bunch of shmups.

This looks interesting, and though quite different- this will compete with DUST 514, and given the FPS chops of Bungie- it'll win.

rastamadeus

#19

rastamadeus said:

@Ginkgo Twenty20 (or however it is spelt) is sound as there's some action. I've been told cricket is amazing by so many people but every time I watch it nothing ever happens bar a few runs every 3-4 minutes. It's still better than Halo though. And golf...

CanisWolfred

#20

CanisWolfred said:

Sounds interesting. I'll remain cautious, but it does sound like something that'd be big if they can pull it off.

As for Halo, I like the series well enough. I never thought it was great, but I don't see how anyone can call it terrible, especially by the Multiplayer of Halo 3. I've played some terrible shooters in my day. Halo was not one of them.

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