Date(s) - 09/09/2014
Destiny is an upcoming shared-world shooter action role-playing first-person shooter video game in a “mythic science fiction” open world setting. It is developed by Bungie and published by Activision as part of a ten-year publishing deal. The game will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Destiny is set seven hundred years into the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a prosperous period of exploration, peace and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveller”, a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars. The Traveller now hovers above the last remaining human city, and its presence allows the “Guardians of the City”—the last defenders of the human race—the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as “The Light”.
Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations and are now encroaching upon the City. The player takes on the role of a Guardian of the City, and is tasked with investigating and destroying these threats before humanity is completely wiped out.
Bungie has emphasized that the universe of Destiny will be “alive”. Events may happen in-game that are not necessarily controlled or planned by the developer, which will help to create a dynamic developing experience for Bungie and a dynamic playing experience for gamers. The game’s style has been described as a first-person shooter that will incorporate massively multiplayer online game (MMO) elements, but Bungie has avoided defining Destiny as a traditional MMO game. Instead, the game has been referred to as a “shared-world shooter,” as it lacks many of the characteristics of a traditional MMO game. For instance, rather than players being able to see and interact with all other players in the game or on a particular server—as is the case in many conventional MMO games—Destiny will include on-the-fly matchmaking that will allow players to see and interact only with other players with whom they are “matched” by the game.
Destiny will incorporate a new game engine that allows global illuminations and real-time dynamic lighting to occur together. An innovation in Bungie’s “hopper” technology, which has been the backbone for Halo’s matchmaking system, will allow better player matchmaking in order to create a more natural experience in either cooperative or competitive multiplayer modes.
Unlike choosing a race (Human, Awoken, or Exo), choosing a class has a massive effect on how Destiny is played and on character development. Each class has its own ‘focus’, which is a special ability that can be used in co-op missions and competitive matches to turn the tides in the player’s favour. These focuses’ abilities can be offensive, defensive, or buffing (for the player’s three-man ‘fireteam’). The most effective ability of a focus is called a ‘super’, which is a skill move that a Guardian can use in battle. Each super has an upgradeable skill tree. Based on the Destiny Reveal ViDoC, it appears players will have the ability to create multiple characters of different species and classes.