Destiny is an online first-person shooter with RPG elements developed by Bungie, the creators of the Halo franchise. It will be published by Activision and marks Bungie's first foray into development for Sony consoles since the release of Oni. It has currently been confirmed for release on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. The game will launch worldwide across all platforms on September 9th, 2014.
Destiny is said to be Bungie's focus for the next 10 years, with the developer working to expand its universe beyond this first game. How those expansions will take shape and be sold remains to be seen, but according to Bungie, Destiny will not require a monthly fee to play.
Destiny is set in our solar system, and players will form groups and traverse the galaxy in player-owned ships to conduct first-person shooter missions on planets like Mars and Venus. Humankind has been beaten back into one long city that sits beneath the Traveler, a large, mysterious sphere that helped defend the human race--or what's left of it--from various alien threats. Players will take on multiple enemy races in Destiny, including time-travelling robots, hulking rhino men, and more.
Unlike Bungie's past work, Destiny is built around custom characters. The game has a class-based system, and three classes--Hunter, Titan, and Warlock. In addition to firing rifles, pistols, rocket launchers, and sniper rifles, players will also have access to magic-like abilities, granted by the Traveler.
Three weapons can be equipped at a time, and more can be carried in the inventory. The three slots are called "primary", "special", and "heavy". Every player also has a small speeder bike vehicle currently called the Sparrow and can be used to traverse larger areas. Characters will also have access to their own customizable spaceship, but it will not be player controlled nor will there be space combat. It's more of a means to fast travel. Glimmer, small blue bits that drop from killed enemies, is a currency needed to buy new weapons, pieces of armor, vehicles, and other cosmetic items as well as upgrade some weapons and armor.
As an online-only game, Destiny will feature separate, third-person social spaces where players can collect, group up, and prepare for the missions ahead. Some mission zones will also be public spaces, allowing for players to encounter each other while out in the field and group up on-the-fly. Bungie has stated that the goal is to not show lobbies, matchmaking, or connection screens, instead delivering a more seamless experience. Player-versus-player combat will not be a factor out in the general world, but instead the game features The Crucible, a special location that is traveled to by players in order to participate in PVP gametypes. Player counts for public spaces are not known at this time and will likely vary depending on the platform and network connection of the player.
Destiny is a loot driven game. Weapons, armor, and wearable items can be found in the world when players are on a mission or just exploring, bought from various vendors at The Tower, gained as rewards for completing challenges, or randomly received for competing in The Crucible. When loot is collected from a killed enemy only one player needs to run over the glowing orb representing the loot and it will automatically be distributed among the group if the player isn't alone. All armor and clothing items will have properties that effect gameplay. Exotic gear is the name Bungie has given to rare items within the world of Destiny. These items will have a unique look to them and special names.
Some time ago, there was once a Golden Age of human spacefaring. A mysterious orb called The Traveler made its way to Earth, jumpstarting human technology and allowing them to colonize the worlds of the Solar System. But humanity was eventually pushed back by some unknown force, only surviving by the intervention and "sacrifice" of The Traveler, below which now sits humankind's last remaining settlement, a lone city.
Now, in the present time, humans have managed to recover their technology to the point of being able to travel into space again, but they discover that their former colonies have now become occupied by several alien races, who are pushing towards conquering the last human city. Warriors known as Guardians are tasked with protecting the city and fighting against the aliens to order to restore humanity to its former glory.
Ghost, voiced by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, is a customizable AI companion issued to every Guardian in The City. It/He assists the player in different ways, like unlocking doors, turning on a building's lights, or warning of incoming enemies.
A selectable destination by players, the Tower is the home of the guardians. It's here players are able to buy new gear and loot, take on Bounties, and socialize with other players.
The Vanguards are the advisers of each class. From them you can purchase class specific gear and emblems. The higher your Vanguard reputation, the better the gear will be available. Players can increase their Vanguard reputation by completing Vanguard Bounties, and Vanguard Marks can also be used, and may even be required, to buy some gear.
Here Guardians compete head to head in player-versus-player combat.
There are several alien species fighting against humanity in Destiny, though they also have their own allies.
Player race is purely a cosmetic choice and has no effect on gameplay.
A sapient species whose homeworld is Earth. They are described as "relatable, tough, and uncomplicated".
A race allied with humanity. They are described as "sinister, powerful, and tireless". Bungie drew inspiration for the Exo from such things as Halo's Master Chief, The Terminator, and the undead.
Another race allied with humanity. They are described as "exotic, beautiful, and mysterious." Bungie drew inspiration for the Awoken from such things as elves, vampires, ghosts, and angels.
Big, hulking bipeds that wear heavy armor and wield heavy weapons. So far, it is known that they occupy Mars.
A six-limbed race (four arms, two legs) who have been extensive in their conquest of the solar system, having occupied all planets and moons that humanity had encountered. As their name implies, they were once a collective of noble houses that fell from grace into nomads. They also have an interesting death animation that looks like their soul is escaping from their body
Space zombies. They are designed to evoke the idea of "undead royalty".
There are three classes in Destiny: the Hunter, the Warlock, and the Titan. All classes can use "space magic", and all classes can use all weapon types. A class is described by Bungie as a choice to "fine tune" your Guardian so that there will be little regret in a player's choice. Each class is customized within two subclasses, able to be changed on the fly. Once locked in a duplicate subclass will unlock, to encourage experimentation. Further players are able to have multiple characters.
A combination of speed and strength, their signature weapons appear to be sniper rifles and revolvers. Hunters can be recognized by their hooded capes and relatively light armor. Before becoming Guardians, Hunters were once outlaws who roamed the wastelands.
They were designed to invoke the image of a Wild West outlaw and the classic bounty hunter. Some of their inspirations were Han Solo and Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name.
Gunslinger: Golden Gun - "Summon a flaming pistol which disintegrates enemies with Solar Light."
Bladedancer: Arc Blade - "Charge your blade with Arc Light and consume your foes with lightning."
Guardians who have long studied the Traveler and are able to wield its gifts of "magic", alongside modern weaponry. Warlocks can be recognized by their long coats and rounded helmets.
They were designed to invoke the image of a "space wizard". Some of their inspirations were Jedi Knights, Gandalf, and Morpheus.
Voidwalker: Nova Bomb - A super ability that launches a projectile
Sunsinger: Radiance - Fill yourself with Solar light, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of all your abilities.
Guardians who specialize in heavy armor and powerful weaponry. The first Titans built The Wall which protects the last city. Titans can be recognized by their full body armor and swept-back helmets.
They were designed to invoke the image of the classic future soldier. Some of their inspirations include Halo's Master Chief, Stormtroopers from Star Wars, and other space marines from sci-fi.
Striker: Fist of Havoc - Smash the ground and dissolve nearby enemies in a maelstrom of Arc Light.
Defender: Ward of Dawn - Shape Void Light into an indestructible shield to protect you and your allies from harm.
The vast majority of the human race now resides in the City, built beneath the Traveler after its sacrifice to save Earth's inhabitants. The Guardians are tasked with protecting this walled city.
A debris field in orbit including a space station, and is home to the Queen of the Reef whom the player can receive bounty missions from.
Temple of Crota
Like the Last City on Earth, this Martian city has multiple districts within it. However, it is also partially occupied by the Cabal, a race of large humanoid beasts
Players can align themselves at anytime with any faction by wearing a piece of gear that represents a faction. When a player is aligned with a faction they can buy special armor and weapons from them, as well as get Bounties from them.
Dead Orbit is dedicated to aggressively pursuing expansion of the Allied Races territory and taking back everything lost to the Fallen and other enemy factions through any means necessary.
The Future War Cult are technomancers whose goal is the study of lost and old technology such as Golden Age relics to advance the war efforts against the alien aggressors.
The New Monarchy are agents of social good who dedicate themselves to protection of the people and making sure everyone lives a safe and healthy life on the Tower while being protected from outside threats.
A beta test for Destiny launched on PS4 and PS3 on July 17, 2014 then went offline the 21st for maintenance. On July 23, 2014 the Beta returned on PS4/PS3 and began on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well. Access was first given to those who pre-ordered the game, but Bungie later began allowing anyone to download the beta and play.
Anyone that played on the Saturday, July 26th earned and exclusive emblem for the final game. The beta ended on the Sunday, July 27th.
Over 4.5 million people participated in the Destiny Beta. Over 850,000 people were playing simultaneously on the night of Saturday, July 26th, which set a record for concurrent players in the history of all games developed by Bungie.
There are three special editions of Destiny, all of which include access to the "Destiny Expansion Pass". This DLC pass includes The Dark Below and House of Wolves, both of which will include new story missions, co-op activities, multiplayer maps, and loot. Bungie is saying it is a $34.99 value.