Destiny Awaits


The day is finally here. Since Bungie were forced to release details pertaining to their latest IP Destiny due to a legal issue way back in November, gamers around the globe have been eagerly waiting to see more concrete evidence of the latest title from the creators of the Marathon and Halo franchises today we were treated to just that.

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Is this your Destiny?

Friday saw a behind closed doors press conference in which Bungie unveiled the latest sci-fi shooter they and publishers Activision hope will take the world by storm, little was known about the project ….. until now. A short five minute vid-doc has been released which shows not only a lot of concept art but also gives us a glimpse at a tiny amount of the games engine. The focus of this short video seems to be to get the idea behind Destiny across and set the community talking about the game. Many of us will be salivating  at the idea of an open world, massively multi-player shooter from a studio already established as game changers in the field, however with Activision now firmly at the helm how will this new offering stack up against our beloved Halo? Well at present it’s hard to Judge it’s difficult in fact to even tell what Destiny is yet. Bungie is calling it a living world, persistent in a way that players of MMoRpgs will be more than familiar with, what they seem to be striving to create here is a World of Warcraft for the CoD generation. This is an idea that both appeals to and terrifies me in equal measure, the current popularity of free to play MMo’s is a little disturbing as it signifies (to me) a movement away from quality stand alone titles to games which are driven by the principle of “pay-to-win” where the more you spend the better you are, now I’m not a penny pincher I’m happy to pay for expansions and special editions should the rewards be significant however I have no desire to splash the cash in order to get a minimal advantage over my friends or opponents. Anyhow back to Destiny.

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Never forgotten

So the trailer (for want of a better word) opens with some intriguing insight into the future setting of the game, an Earth ravaged by war and brought to the brink of destruction by alien forces thus far unknown. Enough humans have survived (thanks to the appearance of the mysterious giant floating globe known only as “The Traveler“) to found a new city and begin the rebuilding process. This city it seems will be the base of operations for the elite of the survivors (us the players) to go out and re-take what we can of our planet and the others that were once under our control, unfortunately it seems the alien aggressors are wise to our plan and want to make things as difficult as possible for our rag tag bunch of re-claimers.

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“The Traveler” Mysterious and massive (nobody say anything about forunners!)

We are treated in the video to a lot of stunning concept art work, a touch of the atmospheric music and even small moments from the game engine. A few soldiers running, some others gathering in the last bastion of humankind, not exactly something you can sink your hungry teeth into true, but given that the title is rumoured to work with both current and next gen consoles, I wouldn’t read too much into that and I would expect that we will be seeing a lot more actually gameplay footage in the coming months. At the moment we are aware that there will be three classes in the game but I get the feeling Bungie are holding out on us here too and extra classes will be unveiled all in good time (hopefully we wont have to pay for each one individually). We are also privy to a couple of quick shots of spacecraft and what appears to be a customization feature for our own space faring vessels. Fair enough this vid-doc doesn’t reveal much we couldn’t have already surmised for ourselves but what it does serve to do is increase excitement levels and makes sure that we haven’t forgotten about our old friends Bungie in the wake of 343’s Halo 4.

– eremenko

Bungie have rightly earned a place among the titans of the gaming world thanks to the consistent quality they have produced over their history, most notably the Halo series, so the hype surrounding their latest title, Destiny, has been more than tangible this last week with a reveal promised and delivered to us this Sunday just gone. So now the info is out there, how does it stack up? Will Bungie preserve a perfect legacy?
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Firstly let me say, for me, the actual trailer for Destiny itself was 85% an anti-climax made up mostly of, albeit very pretty, concept art and ‘this game is going sweet’ talk whilst revealing fuck all. Bit of a fail in my book. The idea sounds cool, an open world shooter does sound pretty epic, the fact it’s set in a post-apocolyptic / sci-fi type of timeline which again I’m sure I will love and the 3 seconds of actual gameplay footage looked pretty nice too. However my bungie fanboy glasses are certainly still in their case, sure the graphics looked great, but also quite familiar in respect that you could spot other franchises such as Star Wars and of course their own Halo as blatant influences,   I guess I was expecting a little more of a radical shift in design style although I’m not sure why.
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I think George Lucas is gonna sue somebody 
The Traveller concept is probably the most intriguing thing to me, but again sounds almost exactly like a Forerunner type of affair, ultimately from what little I’ve seen I wouldn’t call Destiny a game-changer but more of a game-blender. Personally I expect that much from Bungie that I guess I was bound to be a little let down by the trailer.
Oh one more thing, the whole idea of Destiny content coming on an annual basis, whether you say it’s by choice of Bungie or Activision, ultimately is not beneficial to quality, can anyone say Call of Duty. Sure IGN said that Activision wouldn’t push Bungie for yearly releases but is that reflected in their track record? I’m not saying I think Bungie will become the next Treyarch I just fear it could happen.
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 In summary I’m not going to judge Destiny until I’ve seen more or even better played a little, so far it looks pretty great, but not the expected amazing. I’m sure future info will prove me wrong but colour me underwhelmed for now, oh and wait for me to eat my words in the future.
– The Quim Ninja

2 thoughts on “Destiny Awaits

  1. We know very little the forthcoming Bungie Universe and even less about the actual game. But we know a LOT more than we did last week!! The forums of places like http://destiny.bungie.org/ and http://www.forwarduntodawn.com/ and bustling with finds and speculation that has got me salivating. I even contributed to a thread (I almost never do that)!

    People like NCSUduncan over at http://misriahsolutions.com/articles/waiting-for-destiny/ have been gathering info for years!

    I’ve been hyped for this since before me and Tom started doing Dust and Echoes. I didn’t want to see too much yet. This is the FIRST official announcement. If things went Bungies way we would have only heard the name Destiny a few days ago so not knowing too much at this point is what I expected. We’re at E3 2011 stage to compare it to the Halo 4 pre hype (is that a silencer? where is the Chiefs cod-piece? did he magically grow a jet pack!?)

    We got a brief taste of a new universe. A tasty SEXY universe! It reminds me of properties that have consumed my imagination in the past (Star Wars/ Panzer Dragoon/ Phantasy Star Online even star trek a bit given we’ll be exploring the future of our own solar system). It’s made by a company who’s MO has always been to make the games THEY want to play who are for the first time in a LONG time in a position to do so without constraint (I’m pretty sure that Bungie were in the position of power when negotiating with Activision but i may be wrong on this).

    It’s made by Bungie. Bungie have already changed my life once. Bungie are one of the few companies who have NEVER let me down. I ❤ Bungie!

    I hope some future info will spark the excitement! I faith Bungie aren't planning anything that will lessen mine and if all goes well… I'll see you starside.

    • Thanks for the comment/addition to the article 🙂 love the linkage will have to browse those in detail.
      Just to make clear I am excited about Destiny, but I am not blown away by the trailer. If we compare that to the E3 2011 Halo trailer where even though I had no idea what the new Halo was about I was so stoked for that, this Destiny trailer left me wanting but in a kind of mildly disappointed way. As I say the game itself I’m sure wont let me down, because Bungie never have, but I expect more from a Bungie ViDoc and that is what I have based my comments on.

      Regardless I will be getting the game and as long as you are able to crouch quickly over a corpse then I will be happy.

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