A new countdown on Bungie Studios' website could hint at a possible unveiling of its next-generation title, "Destiny" as early as next Monday.
The updated site first appeared late Monday evening with "MONDAY" blended into the background with a series of numbers from 1 to 7, the latter of which is brightly light -- pointing to some sort of countdown. Four diamonds appear below the numbers. When one clicks on them, they split into two columns with instructions: "Coordinate. Combine. Clarify." More text at the bottom states: "Disturbed, synchronous effort required."
When the puzzle is solved, two additional images appear with more text.
"Another page, labeled Instructions, reads as follows:
"Our sky is filled with unseen signals. Radio-frequency emissions pulse and flit and dance all around us. Yet even a singing patch of sky can be observed, and transformed into a range of frequencies.
"Can you hear it? No, not yet. It has not yet arrived. But together we can receive its call.
"Imagine combining the observations of thousands across the globe on an object meandering through the heavens. The resulting array would be quite large. Quite powerful. This is your task.
"Alone it will not be enough. Coordination and timing is needed. Observations must be made simultaneously.
"Your window will be small. Five minutes at most. But windows may be reopened. And the distance between observer pairs will be key.
"There will always be limitations in clarity, so the results must be archived for study. Highly technical observers may be required. Detailed frequency analysis is recommended.
"Everything that belongs to us will be ours, but only if we create the capacity to receive it."
Bungie is no stranger to alternate-reality games and countdowns. Perhaps the most famous gaming-related ARG came from the reclusive studio before the launch of "Halo 2." I Love Bees went on to be one of the most buzz-driven campaigns leading up to the launch of the anticipated sequel. It only seems fitting Bungie undertakes another ARG for such a hotly anticipated unveiling.
"Destiny" has been in the workings since the studio wrapped work on "Halo 2." Not much is known about it, except that it is believed to be a MMO-style first-person shooter. A massive leak last November outlined a new universe in which a mysterious alien object has begun orbiting the Earth. The ship protects the last city on the planet from "monsters creeping from the edge of the universe."
Documents subpoenaed during the lawsuit between former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision point to a fall 2013 release of the title on both the Xbox 360 and Microsoft's next-generation console, Durango. If this timetable is still valid, the game should be unveiled soon -- possibly Monday if this countdown is related.