Details of “Halo” creator Bungie Studios’ “Destiny” project have come to light, courtesy of IGN.
The new Activision-published franchise has been teased ever since “Halo 3” released and the studio split from Microsoft. Bungie press releases and articles often mentioned venturing into the heavens and would be signed with “see you starside.” A teaser image featured in “Halo 3: ODST” teased “Destiny Awaits.” But the studio has notoriously mum, going dark late last year.
Documents subpoenaed in the lawsuit between Activision and Jason West and Vince Zampella leaked initial details about “Destiny,” confirming it was an MMO with the first title to be released on both the Xbox 360 and Microsoft’s new console, codenamed Xbox 720, in 2013.
More information outlining the concept of the new science-fiction franchise were leaked Tuesday evening. They paint a more light-hearted and more pulp vision of the future and science-fiction compared to “Halo.” According to the leak, the first game in the franchise takes place 700 years in the future with a massive alien artifact orbiting the planet.
“Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector,” the document states. “Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and — eventually — overcoming it.”
Bungie appears to be aiming for a more accessible game with social elements, confirming earlier leaks of its MMO nature. The studio has high hopes of creating a universe that is as “deep, tangible and relatable as that of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.” Bungie co-founder Jason Jones reiterates the more relaxed tone of the game.
“Destiny is designed for your inner seven year old. We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure,” he states in the leaked documents.
When contacted by IGN for comment, Bungie directed fans to its website.
“We’re not quite ready to take the wraps off our next universe, but in light of recent events we thought we’d give fans something a little more official over at Bungie.net. Feel free to drop by and say hello! There’s much more to come,” a release stated.
If the documents released during the lawsuit are still accurate, “Destiny” could be released some time in Fall 2013.