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Bungie Leaves Halo Behind As It Embraces Its New Destiny

In 2010, Bungie went through a number of radical changes. It left behind its parent company, Microsoft, to become an independent game developer, struck up a 10-year deal with Activision, moved into a new studio space, and left Master Chief and the ring-shaped world of Halo behind to begin work on a new universe.

Bungie has always been a secretive company, keeping its projects tightly locked behind key card protected doors. Its first new project as an independent developer, codenamed Destiny, has been no exception, but the studio that established some of the most important innovations in online multiplayer gaming and console first-person shooters has finally opened its doors to reveal its bold new universe. The first big disclosure is that Destiny is no longer a code name, but the official title of Bungie’s next expansive universe.

Comparable studios often break up their workforce to simultaneously tackle multiple projects, but Bungie has more than 300 employees entirely devoted to the creation of Destiny. This singular focus serves the studio’s huge aspirations for Destiny, as it hopes the world will become a bigger part of popular culture than the Halo series. A leak last year, that prematurely revealed some of Destiny’s details, cited aspirational hopes of Destiny having the same impact that Star Wars had on modern culture. We can’t tell at this juncture if Destiny will have the same legacy, but you can see the film’s influence on Destiny’s story and design in many positive ways. Bungie describes Destiny as “mythic science-fiction.”

Destiny takes place on the planet Earth, but well into the future when a mysterious weapon destroyed most of the planet and its inhabitants at the end of humanity’s Golden Age. One city remains, however, surviving thanks to the intervention of The Traveler. The Traveler is a gigantic moon shaped ship that looms over the Earth’s last surviving city. No one knows what The Traveler is, or where it came from, but it saved humanity by making sure a small population survived.

Players take on the roles of The Guardians, the protectors of the city who receive power from the Traveler. Each player creates his or her own guardian and can customize everything about them, including their appearance, class, weapons, and ship. Bungie didn’t divulge the differentiations between each class, but it spoke of hunters, titans, and warlocks. As a protector of the city, you live in a persistent and changing world, venturing into the Earth’s ruins on missions to explore and collect loot. You can even venture outside of Earth to visit the other planets of our solar system like Venus and Mars. Ambiguous powers emanate from The Traveler, empowering Earth’s Guardians with a magical force. It sounds similar to Star Wars’ Force powers, but even at this very early preliminary stage, Bungie’s new world feels distinct.

Head to page two to learn how Bungie is building Destiny's shared world shooter.

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Comments
  • THIS GAME LOOKS AMAZING.
  • It looks interesting, and with Bungie's pedigree, I'm curious to see how it plays out against Planetside 2 and that upcoming Defiance game/TV show project.

    I'm basing my thoughts on the leaked information I saw earlier today, not this article, which doesn't seem to be working for me.
  • I feel like, from what little that I've seen so far, the universe of this game is going to be even deeper and more interesting than Halo.
  • Gentlemen, you had my curiosity… but now you have my attention
  • Soo... Xbox Infinity/720?
  • i'm so glad they are done with halo.  they seemed to be bored with it after halo 2.

  • So glad this isn't a 360 exclusive.
  • Must say really anticipated, we know that it is mmo based, and there is no subscription fee. Also wonder if the space combat will be there, there may be little, or no, considering this game looks like a huge project. Though wonder the map is huge.

    Still must say it has high expectation. Wonder how many people are still going to be angry that its another sci-fi shooter.

    http://misriahsolutions.com/articles/waiting-for-destiny/
    For all the info on Destiny so far.
  • Ok... So when can I preorder?
  • PLEASE BRING THIS TO WII U! This game sounds awesome, but I don't have, and am not willing to pay for a 360 or PS3.
  • My mind just blew up with awesomeness!!!
  • Oh my goodness, Bungie...
    You called... I am now listening.
    I fully expect Destiny to deliver on every aspect. Can't wait to see it in motion.
    I haven't been this genuinely excited about news since... Well, Halo 4 and Bungie's own Halo Reach. I'm a Fanboy, I'll admit. I'm glad that I'll be able to play this on any console I so choose, with the multiplatform news bit.
  • I haven't been this excited about video game news in years. This has immediately shot to the top of my radar. Is there a release window for this yet? If it's on the 360 and PS3 that would have to be relatively soon with the next gen announcements just around the bend. I can't imagine they would want to loose sales with everyone's focus on new consoles.
  • This multiplayer sounds awesome. Always connected like a MMO, allowing players to co-op on the fly. Bungie is surely proven with the Halo series, I hope they can pull this off and make it as good as it sounds.
  • If they "hope the world will become a bigger part of popular culture than the Halo series," it might do them a great service to make it substantially distinguishable from Halo...

    Sorry to be a buzzkill, but not only is it a sci-fi first person shooter (yawn on that concept), but the plot hook isn't all that far off from Halo either. Not to mention the similarity in visual appearances as well. I mean, what were they thinking?

    That's like saying I want to make a lasting mark on culture like Star Wars did by making a movie trilogy that's a lot like Star Wars.
  • We did a giant circle planet, what's the next step? umm... a sphere planet? Money in the bank
  • Love Halo, Love Bungie, I can only expect to love this too :)

  • Well, it looks very interesting but I will hold my judgement until I see more.

    I am extremely intrigued as well.

    My biggest hope however is that they do bring it to PC, and next-gen consoles. I mean a game of this scale it would be nice to see it on all available platforms.

    I'm mainly a PC gamer but, I do have a PS3 but it doesn't change the fact that I would love to see it elsewhere.

  • I hope this soundtrack is more emotive than past halo's. The tunes were very catchy, yes, but if you actually think about the desperate nature of the situation--mankind's extinction-- then the bombastic warthog driving music seems a bit out of place. It never really felt like billions of people had died.
  • I have been waiting for them to cut the quiet and now that it has been gotta say I am excited. Not because its just another bungie thing although it does help but hearing its a multiplayer RPG

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