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About Destiny

Updated Sep 9, 2014 1:44 am
Destiny is an upcoming action role-playing first-person shooter video game. Destiny is currently in development by Bungie, and is to be published by Activision as part of a ten-year publishing contract between both parties. The game will be released on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles on September 9, 2014. An upcoming beta test for the summer of 2014 has been discussed, and is to be initially launched on the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.


Gameplay


Destiny is best described as a role-playing shooter (although the developers do not define it as such), combining elements of a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game -minus subscription fees- and a first person shooter. Destiny is an open-world game, incorporating a drop-in, drop-out multiplayer system where players are matched and can be joined into an existing player's world at any time; this is an improvement on Bungie's hopper technology, allowing for more seamless and naturalistic matchmaking without impeding gameplay flow. The developers have also stated that Destiny's world will be "alive," initiating random events that may or may not be developer-controlled. This is attributed to a new engine which will make possible dynamic, global in-game weather changes.

Adding to the MMO elements of the game, players can engage in raids for opportunities to obtain better weapons and armor, as well as level up their characters. Also, while Bungie developers have stated that cooperative adventuring is the main focus of Destiny, it has been confirmed that a PvP element will be in included in the game, allowing players to engage competitively against one another.

Story


Destiny is set 700 years in the future on a now-ruined Earth, following humanity's descent from an era known as the Golden Age, a period characterized by peace, exploration, and technological advancement brought on by the appearance of a mysterious entity known as the Traveler, appearing as a large, white-colored, spherical celestial body. In the advent of an event known as "the Collapse", humanity was forced to the brink of extinction, a catastrophe averted only with the aid of the Traveler, who now looms over Earth's last remaining city, it's presence allowing the Guardians of the City to wield a mysterious power in order to defend the dwindling human race.

As humanity attempts to recover from the Collapse, they encounter various hostile alien races which have dominated the humans' former colonies, and now seek to overtake humanity's last city, and to finally exterminate the human race entirely. The player takes on the role of a Guardian, whose sole mission is to defend humankind from these extraterrestrial threats and prevent the extinction of the human race.

Characters


Destiny will follow the adventures of the Guardians, the last defenders of humanity, charged with protecting the last safe city on Earth.

Guardians are divided between three separate classes - Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks- and races: Humans, Awoken, and the Exo. Each class and race has distinct characteristics and have various influences which led to their conception.

The Director


The Director will be the expansive galactic map interface that players use to launch into missions, raids, and quests. It will display all available worlds and locations, in addition to missions that can be taken on in each of these areas. As the player progresses and unlocks new areas and missions, they will become available on the Director. Bungie is also developing a tablet/phone app that reproduces the player's Director. This setup will allow players to research missions and coordinate sessions with other players.


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Release Details:

  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Release: September 9, 2014

Gameplay Concepts:

  • Open World Science Fiction Setting
  • Action first person shooter role playing game
  • Massively multiplayer online elements (public instances), "shared-world shooter" can be played solo or in small groups
  • No subscription fee
  • Persistent, dynamic, online world that includes realistic changes of light and weather
  • Story will unfold as a series of chapters and books
  • Will feature several game modes, such as Bounty which resembles a traditional MMO raid for gear and item rewards, and a competitive multiplayer mode which players can enter voluntarily
  • Bungie has outlined seven key components of Destiny which are essential to a great video game:
    1. A world players want to be in
    2. An abundance of entertaining activities
    3. Rewards that are worthwhile to the players
    4. A constantly varying experience
    5. A shared gaming experience with other players
    6. Approachable by any skill level
    7. Removal of tedium and confusion
  • Saves will be transferable from old gen consoles to new gen ones.
  • Everything in Destiny is designed in three person teams, including competitive multiplayer. Larger scale raid events involve much larger groups of players.

Background:

Developed by Bungie as part of a ten year agreement with publisher Activision, there will be at least 4 entries in this series, all with massively multiplayer online elements. The Beta is currently live on all platforms

Story

Set 700 years into the future, following a prosperous period of peace, exploration, technological advancement and colonial expansion into the solar system known as the Golden Age. An event known as the Collapse ended the age and brought humanity to the edge of extinction, The only known human survivors remain on Earth, saved by a hovering, celestial sphere known as The Traveler, who also enabled humanity's initial expansion. Hovering around the last human city, the Traveler's presence enables the Guardians of the City with the ability to wield a mysterious power to protect humanity. Alien races have since repopulated the former human colonies and now encroach upon the last human settlement. As a Guardian, the player is charged with investigating and eliminating these threats and defending mankind from annihilation.

Official Site

http://www.destinythegame.com



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