Destiny is here. Are you ready? Jump in the new scoop on Bungie's recently unveiled IP, including a new ViDoc reveal trailer, pre-order info, and new concept art.
As Bungie reveals its new IP, the world of gaming looks on with greedy anticipation. Our hearts even skip a beat, as many of us have been waiting for this unveiling for quite some time. Now it's finally here.
Are you ready? Then let's walk through the darkness and into the light.
Bungie takes us behind the scenes of Destiny with their newly released Pathways out of Darkness ViDoc, which is divided up with actual in-game footage and the team at Bungie taking us on a tenuous journey through the inner-workings of their new game.
Within just one day, the Pathways out of Darkness ViDoc has garnered over a million views. It's fair to say that the general gaming population is excited and hyped for Destiny, and the entire world of gaming looks on to see what Bungie has in store for us next.
Who or what is the Traveler? Perhaps some benevolent alien who gave his ship to the benefit of mankind? In any case, above you can see Traveler's Rest.
Throughout the first few minutes of the Vidoc players are treated to actual in-game footage that delves into Destiny's story, which in itself is about bittersweet survival on a somewhat ruined Earth. Maybe it's Earth, or maybe it's some other planet–with Bungie at the helm, anything is possible:
"The stories tell of a golden age, long ago, when our civilization spanned the system. It was a bright and hopeful time.
But it didn't last. Something hit us. Knocked us down and tried to stamp us out. No one knows exactly what.
But we do know this: very few of us survived. And those who did owe their lives to the Traveler."
In essence, Destiny is a sci-fantasy story that chronicles many of Bungie's most noteworthy themes. Humanity is struggling, and trying to simply survive. As the years pass, the remaining population band together to face adversity, slowly repopulating and rebuilding. Since the Traveler's ship–that strange sphere in the sky–is a beacon of hope for the almost-vanquished population, the survivors build a city underneath it, so as to be able to look up at it every day.
The city starts to thrive, and humanity begins its slow crawl to repopulation, with myths and legends of the Traveler and its ship growing and encompassing the culture. Eventually, they venture back out into the ruined wilderness that is their world, searching for answers of the Golden Age.
The mysterious alien forces are met with hostility–in Destiny, its kill or be killed.
Throughout their search, humanity's new alliance comes to find out they are not alone: strange, hostile creatures have come to inhabit the world they used to know. These creatures are feral, and cannot see reason: all they want is to kill.
This sparks off a brutal war of Human-Covenant proportions, and it is this war that has spawned the Guardians–the Spartans of Destiny. Players take on the role of Guardians to fight the strange alien forces, and being a Guardian has its perks: as special soldiers, you can wield many of the Traveler's advanced technology. Think of the Traveler akin to the Forerunners–a parallel that most Halo fans will instantly make–who has bestowed upon humanity gifts to aid them in their struggle.
Behold Destiny's Guardian, the character that players will control in Bungie's new sci-fantasy adventure.
The video showed a quick look at three possible classes of Guardian: a soldier with an assault rifle (seen above), a sniper with a heavy-duty Traveler rifle, and a rogue-ish class that had a sleek and powerful revolver-type weapon.
The Guardians are humanity's hope in not only stopping the alien threat, but also securing their city–which remains the last bastion of humankind on the planet. They are the last defenders, the guardians, and they must succeed or doom will befall our kind.
A fireteam of brave Guardians rush off into the heat of battle, their Traveler firearms at the ready.
The ViDoc touches upon the heart of Bungie's game-making magic, and does one thing exceptionally well: it makes you want to know more, to see more, and above all else, play the game for yourself.
After watching the ViDoc, you feel this compulsion to take part into the community and dive right in. Which, of course, is what Destiny is all about–Bungie isn't just creating a single-player experience with their new IP; Destiny is aimed to incorporate a vast webwork of gamers, each of which can have their own experiences in Destiny's sci-fantasy world.
With multi-device integration, Bungie aims to bring pieces of Destiny across various platforms. You won't be able to play the whole game, say, on your smartphone; yet a few instances of the ViDoc suggested that the various apps for Destiny will allow gamers to do something–if not miscellaneous things like tweaking armor, planning out playdates with friends, etc.
In Destiny, Bungie may have created the next big hit–it's quite hard to watch the entirety of the new reveal trailer and not be excited in some form. A million different questions roam through your mind, and then a few seconds later something else sparks off a million other questions.
Destiny is currently available for pre-order via Best Buy, Amazon and GameStop for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3–hopefully we'll see a release onto PC.
In regards to a release date, Activision has confirmed that it won't launch in 2013.
"Although Bungie's amazing new world was revealed today, Activision has not included the launch in its 2013 outlook and there should be no speculation of expectation of a different result."
For more information on Destiny please visit the game's official website.