Last Tuesday, Bungie created their official Twitter account that will form part of their PR for the new game title from the company called Destiny. Today they finally started to give some solid information via a Twitter link, on the game that has so far been mainly comprised of guesswork, albeit via reputable sources such as Daniel Duncan who is credited with most of the factual intel we know so far.
I wrote about Destiny back in November 2012 where I looked at some of the domains that had been registered for the game as well as some name registrations that Bungie had filed at the copyright office.
Domain registered: (all of these are still parked and inactive with the exception of www.DestinytheGame.com which is up and running now). All the domains are registered with GoDaddy.
Names registered at the copyright office:
- Dead Orbit
- New Monarchy
- Seven Seraphs
One interesting thing that I have found out via a YouTube video (at the bottom of this article) released today by Rev3Games, is that Destiny won’t be a subscription based game [03:51]. That was stated by Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
In Bungie’s released video entitled ‘Pathways Out of Darkness‘ that gives us a few brief looks at what the game play will be like, we also got the chance to see which characters we will be able to play as, more concept art and a brief look at the mobile app that will be available for players. First lets take a look at some of the screenshots showing the mobile app that will be available to players. From the screenshots in the video it is currently being developed using an iPhone 5. Bungie updated their mobile app for Android users (2.2 upwards) today which can be downloaded here. I did attempt to sign up using my Google account using the app as well as via the desktop, but was unable to. Hopefully this is just a temporary server issue.
Here we can see Book 1 Chapter 3 titled ‘Venus, Shores of Time‘. The mission appears to be to Gain favor with the Queen, by helping the Crow loot the Academy archive.
Here are some screenshots from the official Bungie app for Android (currently just a way for users to view and interact on the main Bungie site, but as Destiny draws closer to launching in December it will also act as a way for users to either play the game or get intel for missions etc (just a guess)
Bungie are allowing people to pre-order the game at the moment via various re-sellers including Amazon, Tesco’s, GameStop, Best Buy and Game to name just a few. The price is currently £40.00 at Tesco’s for UK gamers with Amazon, Sainsbury’s and Game being more expensive at £44.99 although hopefully these prices may well go down later in the year. The price for those in the US are the same from the available re-sellers at $59.99
For US users, the Amazon one is working and is priced at $59.99. I was able to successfully pre-order it. According to the release date on the Tesco advert, Destiny will be released on 31st December 2013.
Platforms and Box Art
The game will be available on the Xbox and Playstation. Note that the box art below states that it is for the Xbox 360 and PS3, however when the next Xbox (720?) and PS4 are out you can expect the box design to change accordingly.
Next we get to take a look at some of the characters (Guardians) that we will play as. There will be various classes of Guardians that we can play, including Titan, Warlock, and Hunter classes and they will be able to wield some of the Travelers incredible powers. These powers were given to the humans via the Travelers sphere that hovers just above the city where all the human survivors live.
Note the FOTC stamped down the side of the weapon. FOTC is supposedly a Guardian faction of some sort.
Whilst the game isn’t near completion yet, it is in some form of playable form as it is currently being tested by gamers. Having said that we do get to see quite a bit of concept art showing us various level designs and players.
Hi-res Desktop wallpapers
The Vex (aliens)
Derilict Cassini vessel
Concept drawing for some of the main characters
This image shows one of the old human bases on Mars
Ocean of Storms
Pike (I assume the name of the vehicle)
Here is the video that Bungie released today for Destiny
Here is another video regarding Destiny by Rev3Games that gives an initial impression of the game by Adam Sessler. It contains some decent inside information for those interested.
Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned our solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down.
The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes.
You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Fail and the last light of civilization will go out.