VIDEO GAME GIANTS Activision and Bungie have taken the wraps off Destiny, their outer space first person shooter.
Separately the firms have honed both the science fiction and modern warfare type games, and together they promise something quite special. Destiny promises to be huge, and first person shooter punters will find themselves in what is called a "shared persistent world" where they can randomly bump into other gamers.
"Destiny is the game that we've been dreaming of building for years. We couldn't be more pleased about our extraordinary collaboration with Activision. We finally have the right partner, team and technology to bring the experience to millions of players worldwide," said Bungie president Harold Ryan.
"Destiny will draw players into a world filled with mystery, action, and adventure, but most importantly, Destiny is more than a disc in a drive, it is a living social universe filled with other players."
Destiny is set in the distant future and players take on the role of a Guardian in the last city left on Earth. It is a story driven space quest exercise that will let people play solo or with their online friends and other gamers.
According to the press release Destiny will run on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3 as well as "other future console platforms", and we take that to mean the Xbox 720 and Playstation 4.
"Activision focuses on doing a few things, exceptionally well. And Bungie has had the same ethos," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Together we are focusing the considerable resources, creativity and energy of both organizations to do something new, something ambitious, but most importantly, something fun."
You should expect a large orchestra soundtrack, the ability to use incredible powers and huge space guns. If you fail at your tasks, well, you will say goodbye to civilisation. However, Bungie reckons that you could easily put in between 50 and 100 hours of playing in a couple of months.
"Bungie defined first-person action games over a decade ago with Halo, and with Destiny they will evolve the genre once again," added Hirshberg. "Destiny is a world that evolves. It is a world with wide boundaries that allows you to roam and explore. It is a world where, even in story mode, you could encounter other players on their own adventures. We are very excited to bring this ambitious, innovative and creative game to players around the world."
There is a strong hint that this will be a series of games, and there's an obvious desire to repeat the successes of Halo. Destiny, we are told, is an an ultimate adventure that will unfold over a decade.
Destiny does not appear in Activision's 2013 release schedule, so anyone holding their breath can exhale now. µ
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