February 18, 2013
Halo creators, Bungie, have released the details on their first new game since Halo: Reach, Destiny. Destiny is a new FPS, with a persistent online mode that sounds like an MMO, but it isn’t an MMO. From how they are describing the game from the press release is Halo meets Borderlands, meets any structured MMO with out the fees. Borderlands was the closest I felt to having an MMO on the consoles, despite Final Fantasy 11 and DC Universe Online. There will be loot; weapons, armor, and visual upgrades. All of the different items can be taken into your adventure and into the competitive space. The game will play in first person, but in the hub world you will be in third person. The trailer is below with a hand full of concept art and some actual in engine, gameplay footage at the end to give us a glimpse at how beautiful the game is turning out. The game will hit current gen consoles, no word if it will hit next gen as well but my guess is it will at some point. Here is a few features from the Destiny fact sheet:
” In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.”
” Brave New World – Destiny will instantly draw players into a universe of heroes and legends, with worlds and storytelling crafted by Bungie, the creators of Halo – one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed entertainment franchises of all time.
Your Legend – In Destiny you create your own legend as you and your friends venture out into the solar system to reclaim the treasures and secrets lost after the collapse of humanity’s Golden Age. Over the course of your adventures you become more powerful, able to wield rare and exotic weapons, gear, and powers.
Adventure Awaits – Personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with a near limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual customizations. Take it all with you into every mode, including Destiny’s story, competitive multiplayer, and public combat destinations. Return to The City, Destiny’s third person social space to refuel, repair, and rearm before going out on your next adventure.
Connected Universe – Destiny is more than a disc in a drive, it is a persistent, online universe filled with other players. As the world grows and expands over time, so does the story, the destinations you can access, the activities you experience, and rewards you can earn.”
Gallery and the first ViDoc is below. So what do you think? Will Bungie be able to follow up one of gaming’s most profitable and acclaimed franchises? The game looks interesting, it definitely is ambitious, bringing it all together is key and hopefully we will have more information and hands on at E3 this year.