Bungie Inc. is primarily known for their development of the Halo series. After seven years with Microsoft and the release of Halo 3 back in 2007, Bungie felt like they were ready for the big leagues, making themselves an independent company. After almost 5 years of silence, a major internal document has leaked resulting in the premature reveal of their new game, Destiny.
Overall, it seems like Bungie wanted to get away from the Master Chief business and go bigger and better into sci-fi epics, and the details of the leak seem to reveal that the next generation of gaming may be upon us.
Somehow, a gaming fan got his hands on a campaign being developed by an advertising company for Bungie which represents a general outlook on what to expect from Destiny’s plot, values, and feel of the game. According to the document, the plotline is:
“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.”
Sounds pretty ambitious if you ask me.
The scale of exploring an entire universe has been toyed with by games like the Mass Effect series but Bungie’s hopes is to create something as deep and detailed as the Star Wars universe starting with our war-torn Earth and expanding from there. It’s described as “fun and accessible to all; and always filled with friends.” Bungie seems to want to further emphasize the point that they are distancing themselves away from the maturity levels that came hand-in-hand with the Halo series. According to IGN, 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.”
The most interesting photo in the document leak however, is the “Values” overview (above). While it seems like a piece of a Powerpoint presentation that isn’t fully developed, each bullet point pushes forward the notion that the universe itself is the selling point of Destiny. The description point of: “Social at its core, Destiny offers a world to explore with friends, both old and new,” solidifies the fact that this will not be the kind of first-person shooter that Bungie made their name off of, but a socializing MMO of some sort.
The leaked document also officially confirms that developers have their hands on the next generation of console hardware. With the first Destiny game being 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 the leaked information suggests a more closely timed release could be a possibility. Are we looking at the 2013 E3 for the big reveal? Who knows that this point. Regardless of the outcome, a major studio release like this will be getting Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto type hype.
Bungie handled the leak in stride, issuing this image and the following statement:
“Well, that just happened….again. Go ahead. Take a peek. It’s alright. We weren’t quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we’ve really been up to. Stick around, we haven’t even started yet.”
While I’m not the biggest fan of MMOs, the notion of some sort of multi-platform, varied way to play space western made by the dudes who made Halo might sell me on picking up that Xbox 720 on release day. We’ll keep you up to date on any developments with Destiny in the near future. Are you excited for Bungie’s next game? What would you want to be? An MMO? A FPS? Let us know!
[Images Via Kotaku]