The video game studio responsible for the immensely popular First Person Shooter (FPS) game, Halo, has revealed their newest game called Destiny. Bungie Studios released Halo: Combat Evolved in 2000 after temporarily joining forces with technology giant, Microsoft. The game was met with such success that its fandom evolved into a small subculture, spawning Halo inspired entertainment such as clip-based comedy, Red vs. Blue.
Destiny is set to be the company’s first multi-platform game in a decade, but it will not be released for PC (Personal Computer). Destiny is being described as a marriage of Halo and Borderlands; with a reminiscent aesthetic and gameplay when compared to both. What sets Destiny apart is that its universe will be “alive”, according to Bungie. Events that occur during gameplay are not necessarily under the control of the developer, but can be triggered by other players. Destiny is being described as a First Person Shooter with Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) elements.
The FPS/MMO hybrid is set 700 years into a post-apocalyptic future that came on the heels of an opulent age of space exploration, technological advancement, and peace that is referred to as “The Golden Age.” The future depicted in Destiny is bleak; mankind is precariously dancing with extinction following an event called the “Collapse,” and the only living humans known to exist inhabit mother Earth. An incorporeal entity known only as “The Traveller,” whose arrival facilitated man’s expansion to the stars, hovers over the last remaining stronghold of humanity like a beacon of hope. The Traveller imbues the city guard known as, “The Guardians of the City” with a mystical power that is simply called, “The Light.” The player character is that of one of The Guardians of the City, who must destroy the encroaching hostile alien threats who have settled man’s abandoned extra-planetary colonies.
Halo gamers who followed the series through to Halo 3: ODST, can put an end to their curiosity about the meaning behind one of the wall signs featured in the game. The 2009 expansion to the Halo series happened to include a reference to Destiny; a wall poster depicting Earth with a white orb floating adjacent to it, and the words, “Destiny Awaits.” The easter-egg is one of several in the game, but it is the only one known to correspond to an impending title release. Halo’s creator, Bungie Studios recently revealed a video sneak preview to the new, post-apocalyptic adventure.
Upon beginning the game, players choose a race type and one of three available classes. The player class types are, Warlock, Hunter, and Titan. Warlocks are described as “space wizards,” utilizing additional powers bestowed upon them from the mystical Traveller in addition to more traditional weapons. Hunters are essentially the game’s version of a bounty-hunter, and the Titan class is a melee attacking juggernaut. Bungie cites Halo’s Master Chief as part of the inspiration for the Titan class.
Destiny is heavily based on the decisions of the player; the game will evolve with the choices that are made. Two players can have a weapon that may appear to be exactly the same, but will behave differently based on the way that each individual has decided to play their character. The video released by Bungie Studios reveals an engaging adventure that is somewhat reminiscent of Halo, but depicts an entirely new game story in highly wrought detail. Destiny will be available on September 9, 2014.
By Faye Barton
Destiny: The Game