Bungie, the video game company that created the massively popular “Halo” franchise, has officially unveiled its next game today, Feb. 17, 2013. “Destiny” is a first-person action game set in a sci-fi world that lets you create your own character and earn customizable weapons, gear and vehicles in the game’s always connected universe.
“Destiny” will have cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, combined with public and social activities. It will be similar to a Massively Multiplayer Online Game, as it requires an internet connection at all times, but does not require subscription fees. Bungie has always been known for its high quality multiplayer, having redefined the multiplayer shooter on the original Xbox with “Halo: Combat Evolved”. “Destiny” is the first project as part of a 10 year publishing deal between Bungie and Activision.
After the release of “Halo 3” in 2007, Bungie announced that they were parting ways with Microsoft. It’s rumored that Jason Jones, co-founder of the studio, began work on “Destiny” after the release of “Halo 2”. Once “Halo: Reach” was released in 2010, the entire studio began working on “Destiny”.
Only time will tell if “Destiny” lives up to the legacy of the games that came before it. Honestly, Destiny has some pretty big shoes to fill. Bungie has quite a large task ahead of them if they want “Destiny” to be half as good as the stellar “Halo 4” from 343 Industries, the first Halo game created without Bungie’s involvement.
The game will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as the next generation of consoles, known as the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4. It is unknown at this time if Xbox 360 players will be able to play with Xbox 720 players, or PS3 players with PS4; but the game will not be playable between Xbox and PlayStation.
No release dates for “Destiny” has been announced yet. “Destiny” is now available for pre-order through Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.