Bungie’s big announcement for Destiny was today, and boy, was there a lot of info! So, to start off, Destiny will be a first-person shooter (FPS) for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a slim chance of also being on the next gen consoles. Destiny will be an online game, at all times. Even in the campaign, you will have to be connected to the internet. And here’s why: the game is a “persistent online world” which means you can be playing the campaign and be doing your quests and whatever you do, but you will eventually run into other real players, who can team up with you to tackle a hard task or to have some shooting fun. The other side of the multiplayer is the team-based game modes. So, for all of us Call of Duty or Halo gamers, there will be a team deathmatch.
Bungie has argued that even though Destiny is filled with characteristics of MMOs, it is not such a game. Destiny will not be packed with human players like games such as World of Warcraft. The game will also not require a monthly subscription. If you had seen our First Look for this announcement, you would have seen my preference of there being no such fee. I’m very happy I won’t have to pay more than the usual $60 for this game.
Destiny is an obvious attempt by Bungie to create a better game than what they were famous for: Halo. And the way this game is looking, it’s definitely in the realm of possibility that it can. Destiny looks amazing.
Destiny also features other RPG-like elements. For example, Bungie promises a rich player progression system. Which means your character will level up and grow more powerful with time and accomplishments. Another big difference between Halo and Destiny, is that Destiny will have a mobile component. In Bungie’s ViDoc video for Destiny, you can see a player accessing game info on his iPhone. And this mobile component will be much more than just looking at stats when not at your TV, it’ll allow you to see virtual character cards and view objectives and challenges. In the video, you can see that players were communicating about the game through the app.
The story of the game looks like it will be fantastic. Bungie said that there is more lore in this game than all previous Bungie games combined. That’s a lot of story. A brief overview of the story is covered in Bungie’s ViDoc, and it is awesome. It makes me want to go and buy this game, even though it has not been released, which will most likely happen in 2014. A link to this very insightful video can be found here.
I’m very excited for Destiny and I hope you readers are too. Needless to say, I will be preordering Destiny A.S.A.P. and will purchase it day one.