Activision revealed in a press release today on Feb. 18 that Bungie's new game "Destiny" will not be released in 2013. Activision stated that they have "not included the launch in its 2013 outlook and there should be no speculation or expectation of a different result." Bungie, the creators of Halo, separated from Microsoft back in 2007 becoming a privately held limited liability company. Though they still worked on Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, Bungie no longer retained the intellectual property to the Halo Franchise; however, this last year they revealed their plans to develop a whole new IP to be named "Destiny." Here is Activision and Bungie's synopsis of the game:
Set in the distant future, Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Able to wield incredible power, players must battle humanity's enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind's Golden Age. In a story-driven universe, Destiny's saga unfolds through grand tales and sweeping adventures by immersing gamers in a bold new world filled with cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected.
Even with the synopsis, all of the concept art, and an art in motion animated trailer revealed, shown to the left, there is still not too much to go on and there could very well be some major changes between now and its release. However, Activision has confirmed that they will be releasing "Destiny" on the Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as other future console platforms. This could mean we will be seeing a release on the Xbox 720, the PS4, and Valve's new Steam console. How the new technology of the next-gen consoles will be incorporated in how "Destiny" will play still remains to be seen. We will have to wait for the upcoming conferences and this year's E3 before we can find out.
So for those who were expecting to get their hands on Bungie's new game this year, you will have to wait. No doubt there will be much more to be revealed long before its eventual release. Make sure to check back in for more updates on Bungie's developments and their upcoming title "Destiny".