Bungie officially unveils Destiny

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After more than two years of almost total silence, Bungie has finally unveiled their next big thing.  It is a game called Destiny, and it is something you will be hearing a lot more about in the coming years.  Read on for all the details.

The announcement came in the form of a video documentary (or vidoc) on the Bungie homepage.  Running a little over four minutes, the presentation only has about 10-15 seconds of actual gameplay in it.  But it makes up for a lack of specifics with an abundance of stunning artwork and intriguing story elements.  For those of you who have been following our Bungie Watch series, there is little in the Vidoc that we didn’t already know.  But seeing it all come together in a polished presentation, complete with Bungie developers looking off camera and saying grandiose things, is quite a thrill. Check out “Pathways Out of Darkness” below.

Bungie also hosted a media day at their studio this past week, but my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail or something.  In any case, with the release of the vidoc, the embargo forbidding journalists who attended the event from discussing what they saw has been lifted.  A virtual tsunami of coverage has flooded the internet, containing a wealth of specifics that the Bungie vidoc did not.  While I’ll provide you with links to the most extensive articles, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the information they contain below.

  • Destiny is not an MMO. The game can be played alone from start to finish.
  • That being said, the game is definitely designed with multiplayer in mind.
  • There will be no subscription fee.
  • The game will require an internet connection to play.
  • There is no PC version planned.
  • You can play one of (at least) three classes: Hunter, Warlock, and Titan.
  • Customization is everything. Weapons, characters, vehicles, all customizable.
  • There are at least four enemy races.
  • Gameplay is not restricted to Earth.  Other planets are accessible.
  • No release date has been confirmed.

As I mentioned, Destiny is getting a lot of press coverage today.  IGN, Kotaku, CNET, Polygon, Game Informer, and Joystiq all have expansive coverage of the game. If you have the time, I strongly recommend checking them out.  Additionally, there is now an official Destiny website, complete with a game overview, concept art, and (you guessed it) a pre-order form.  Thanks, but I’m gonna wait until the limited editions are unveiled.

I need to take some time, and wrap my head around all of this.  Collect my thoughts, pick my jaw off the floor, you know… the usual. In the meantime, did anyone catch the reference in the title of the vidoc?  First one to call it gets a Save Game sticker.  Maybe. If I’m feeling generous.


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    Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.