"If you are a knight of the City, this is your steed," says Tom Doyle, Art Lead.
Clearly inspired by the Speeders of the Star Wars universe, the Shrike is meant for quick travel from locale to locale allowing the player to get where they need to go, when they need to be there. "It swallows the landscape like a bird of prey with an insatiable appetite for scenery," Bungie writes, "be it the crimson dunes of Mars, the lush jungles of Venus, the dusty craters of the Moon, or the rusted wastes of our own homeworld."
Described as "sleek, nimble, and fast," concept artists Isaac Hannaford wanted players to take pride in their own personal vehicle. “We wanted to give Guardians the experience of having a glorious beast to convey them from place to place - something that represented them.”
Doyle believes that traversing the worlds of Destiny should be something that gives excitement. "The ability to summon a vehicle on demand turns you and your friends into a futuristic biker gang.
“Getting from point A to point B should be fun… not a menu option."
Over time your Shrike will evolve and change based on your accomplishments. "Each paint scheme has its own distinct color palette to reflect progression," Doyle says as he hints at features that could be included at launch.
Bungie warns however that all this information is still a work in progress and subject to change.
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