Leaked materials have revealed story details and concept art from Destiny, Bungie’s follow-up to the Halo franchise. Bungie has confirmed that the document was prepared by an advertising agency and represents an outside look at Destiny’s plot, key values and more.
According to the document, “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.” Elsewhere in the document, the massive alien ship is referred to as “the Traveler.”
Destiny goes on to be described as “fun and accessible to all,” and aims to “create a universe so deep, tangible and relatable to that of the Star Wars franchise.” Based on the language found in the document, it appears the Bungie aims to create a universe that will be reachable from multiple demographics. Perhaps this is suggesting that Destiny will be less mature than their previous franchise, Halo. A quote from Bungie co-founder Jason Jones says “Destiny is designed for your inner seven year old. We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure.”
Destiny’s gameplay is described to be “social at its core,” and offers a “world to explore with friends, both old and new.” Whether that confirms its rumor to be an MMO (which Bungie later called a joke) or some other mass multiplayer experience. In the document was also a Destiny logo along with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 icons, as well as the URL www.destiny.com (which is currently password protected). If this domain was purchased by Bungie, it will indeed confirm that the game’s final name will be Destiny, rather than just a codename previously speculated.
Bungie was nice enough to give us a sneak peek at some concept art (courtesy of IGN):[cincopa A0OArDbj-1CY]
The contract suggested the first Destiny game would be available first on Xbox 360 as well as “the next successor console platform released by Microsoft,” which the contract referred to as Xbox 720. Releases on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC were said to be planned in the years following, though today’s information suggests and more closely timed release could be a possibility.