Bungie and Activision unveiled their latest first-person shooter title Destiny which will be set in massive open-world at Bungie’s studio in Bellevue, Washington. During the presentation, Bungie called the announced game a “shared-world shooter”, which basically means cooperative play with players from all over the world, something like the award-winning game Journey.
Destiny will see players take on the role of ‘Guardians’ of the last city on Earth in a distant future after a golden age for humanity occurred where humans succeeded in populating planets beyond Earth. The story begins with the aftermath of a terrible event where humanity was attacked and nearly wiped out by an unidentified force. Fortunately, the planet which looks like a globe covered with snow called the Traveler somehow managed to make it through the disaster and soon became a safe haven for surviving humans. It doesn’t take long for humans to discover that alien creatures have spawned at the other planets and the aliens are determined to end the last of humanity forever. This is where the Guardians come into play.
Players can customize the looks of Guardians in terms of clothing, armor and weapons, unlike the Halo series which only had one hero a.k.a Master Chief. Bungie revealed that there will be several playable classes to choose from such as the Hunter, Titan and Warlock and each class will have their own special abilities. Spaceships can be purchased to venture to other planets like Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and so on. All the planets will feature different changing weathers and terrain as well as various alien inhabitants.
There will be six-player cooperative gameplay and maybe more. Players will be able to hang out with others at the Overwatch District and even go on missions together on other planets. Of course, it is possible to carry out tasks by yourself. The first-person shooter is said to be designed to appeal for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just getting started on your video game collection.
Destiny has been confirmed for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 while the possibilities of a PC release remain ambiguous. Activision recently announced that Destiny will not be in 2013. Rumors say the game will only be released after the next Call of Duty title as to not overshadow the sales for the blockbuster military shooter.