Destiny, a snippet.
So IGN have posted their Vidcast of Bungie’s new IP ‘Destiny’ and it looks amazing.
The premise seems to be a console based (Xbox/PS3 only) MMO, Bungie have confirmed that, according to IGN, that it has no attention to port it over to PC. Speculation leads to not wanting their game to be open to a platform that is easily tampered with such as the PC.
Although being an MMO it seems to implement a huge array of customisability, integrating an RPG element too. The trailer that Bungie released also shows how the game will offer external inputs using iOS devices. The trailer displayed, what looks like, the ability to connect to the game and its players using an iOS device. Whether it will be open to Android is yet to be confirmed, and to what extent this will effect the gamers experience is also yet to be made clear.
The game is online ONLY and requires a constant internet connection, we can assume this means having to have XBL Gold and an active PSN account. The games narrative revolves around that age old sci-fi story, similar to that of the Halo franchise. Man kind has been overcome by an unconfirmed [alien] race, it’s your job to work (literally) under the ‘Protector’ to help re-establish humanities foothold on earth.
Destiny will not be based around a subscription model, seems Bungie took notice of SWTOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic) failure to adapt to that commercial viability, or lack of. Its free to play! My guess however is that you will be expected to pay £40-50 for the title and be offered micro transactions at every corner in the game, I hope I’m wrong though.
The most exciting feature to me however is that Marty is back. Martin O’Donnell has been bought in to develop the score for Destiny, something that added another level of engagement into the Halo franchise.
I could go on and on as speculation is being poured out by IGN’s examination of the trailer but I’ve tried to give some brief facts released by Bungie. For more information follow IGN’s dedicated page where you can find a full on 2300 word review of the trailer as well as a FAQ.
Side Note: Bungie have announced that Destiny will be a 10 year franchise, so it seems they’ve put all their eggs in one basket. Thats a good sign that they’ve essentially placed their entire business on this new IP. It could also mean they have a clear indication of the next gen consoles specs, and how to adapt Destiny around them.
Update: IGN have reported that Destiny’s publisher Activision have snuffed any rumours of a 2013 release date.