Bungie Destiny – The New Game from The Makers of Halo
by Brandy Cross
The original makers of Halo, one of the most popular Xbox 360 games ever released, are in the process of working on a new game. Bungie’s Destiny was recently leaked as a 10 year project with more than a 1 billion dollar budget. The goal, says the leak, is to create a gaming franchise deeper, and potentially just as popular, as Star Wars. An ambitious motive, but with their funds, time, and some of the best game developers on the planet, the Bungie Destiny video game could be just that.
Bungie’s Destiny Video Game Leaked
The makers of Halo haven’t released a new game since their 2011 Bungie Aerospace game for iOS, ‘Crimson: Steam Pirates,’ (Halo 4 was produced by another publisher) but the new leak reveals that they’ve been working on another project for quite some time. To be published by Activision, Bungie’s Destiny game has been one of the franchises best kept secrets, but now, Bungie has acknowledged the leak, and even posted a screenshot of their ambitious sci-fi game. Destiny, the working title for the game, is currently set some 700 years in the future and features everything from knights to alien monsters with a play scenario set to rival Bungie’s other successful game, the Halo franchise. Bungie has also made claims, through publisher Activision, that the plot is to be ‘as deep’ as Star Wars.
Destiny Game Plot
The creators of Halo confirmed the Bungie Destiny game leak and then revealed part of the plot with the official synopsis (to be on the back cover). Set about 700 years in the future, Destiny will be a first person shooter game similar to Halo or Call of Duty, but will feature a rich in depth plot with complex characters, graphics, and scenarios. The plot features the Earth desolated, ruined by the ‘Golden Age’ of man, and only one city left standing. That city is under attack from a massive alien ship, with only knights left to protect the city, and unravel the mystery to defend the earth.
Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.
Other leaks and information lead us to believe that the spaceship in Bungie’s Destiny is known as ‘The Traveler.’ The game is also set to be social, which leads us to believe it is very much a multi-player game, and that the ‘knight’ heroes of the game are best played in teams. Bungie announced that destiny was set to appeal to your ‘inner 7 year old’ as an exciting mythic adventure, while still carrying the compelling plot and character necessary to interest an adult.
Bungie Destiny Release
While no official Bungie Destiny release date has been announced, it’s expected to officially surface sometime next year. The screenshot on Bungie’s website showed both Xbox and Playstation logos, meaning that the game should be available for both, and potentially for PC as well, although this is as of yet unconfirmed. The leak document suggested that the release will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox 720 (which hasn’t been released yet), Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and PC. Court documents have revealed that the Bungie Destiny game is currently planned for four installments with release dates in fall 2013, fall 2015, fall 2017 and fall 2019, as well as online expansions known as ‘Comet’ to be released in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.
In 2011, Bungie signed a 10 year contract with Activision, and Bungie’s Destiny game is expected to be the first in a new franchise completed for the publisher. With Bungie’s history of successful games, many experts are already expecting Destiny to quickly rise into the same ranks as other game franchises including Halo and Call of Duty, marking the value as more than 1 billion dollars.
For gamers everywhere, Bungie’s Destiny game could be the single most anticipated game of 2013, even before it’s been officially announced. Maybe it’s time to start planning your Christmas 2013 shopping list.
* Update 4/16/2013 – Bungie sets up pre-orders for $59.99. The game is available for PS3, XBOX 360, and can be pre-ordered at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.
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