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'Destiny': A look at the multiplayer and social aspects of Bungie's game

Destiny promises to keep players very connected.
Destiny promises to keep players very connected.
Bungie, Activision

Bungie released a "Destiny" video documentary Sunday for its PS3 and Xbox 360 title. While it was mostly full of concept art, there was some footage that clued us in to how the multiplayer and social aspects of the game will work.

The video for "Destiny" confirms that Bungie will attempt to keep players connected to the game 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a smartphone app that sends constant messages on updates to the game and other aspects. Players will be able to use the app to coordinate get togethers and share general information. We've seen something already like this with the Halo Waypoint app but Bungie looks to be taking the next step forward.

Multiplayer will be handled in squads of six with a hub world based in the lone surviving human city on Earth. Players will be able to jump off into different chapters of the main "Destiny" story while also taking part in MMO-ish activities like Raids.

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Destiny - Social Facebook
Destiny - Social Facebook Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Social Facebook

Bungie plans to send Destiny players notifications to smartphone and (presumably) table apps when a new chapter is available to play online.

Destiny - Social
Destiny - Social Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Social

This image suggests that the game will be broken up into different books and chapters. There's a description of the chapter along with four images that look Achievement related plus a Trophy.

Destiny - Social
Destiny - Social Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Social

Destiny players will be able to use the smartphone and tablet app to send in-app messages with one another to schedule get togethers online.

Destiny - Social
Destiny - Social Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Social

Another image of Bungie sending updates through the smartphone app. This one looks like a more general promotional nag message to encourage players to keep playing.

Destiny - Character Selection
Destiny - Character Selection Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Character Selection

This is where players will be able to create their own characters in Destiny from the available classes. Three classes are confirmed so far but it looks like players will be able to have up to eight characters.

This screenshot and the next appears to confirm that Destiny will support guilds in-game.

Destiny - Mission Selection
Destiny - Mission Selection Bungie, Activision

Destiny - Mission Selection

The mission selection screen shows the different ways to get into a Destiny game. There's the City which appears to be a general social hub area, the Chapter selection and a chance to collect a bounty of some sort that is likely similar to the challenges from "Halo".

The image also confirms some more MMO-ish elements such as a Raid which sounds like a co-op dungeon raid.

Strike is possibly the competitive multiplayer mode for "Destiny" where players will be placed in random gametypes.

Faction Wars could be a mix of competitive and co-op modes but with greater ties to player allegiances such as faction specific bounties, faction specific strengths, etc.

This screen also confirms that players will be able to adventure together in squads of six.

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