Halo dev confirms new project will be on current and next generation
Game developer Bungie has revealed its next release, titled Destiny. The game will be a first-person shooter in an open, persistent world shared by players. The developer also said that social interaction will be a key feature in Destiny.
Activision chief executive Eric Hirshberg described the environment of the game, “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.”
Bungie president Harold Ryan added to Hirshberg’s comments on the setting, saying, “Destiny will draw players into a world filled with mystery, action, and adventure, but most importantly, Destiny is more than a disk in a drive, it is a living social universe filled with other players.”
Destiny takes place in a distant future where Earth has been besieged by hostile alien forces. The Last City of Earth has been saved by a massive floating orb known as the Traveler. Players take on the role of Guardians who now try to reclaim the lost territory of humanity, and protect it from encroaching threats. The game will unfold with a variety of events that can be co-operative, social, competitive, and public. The experience will seamlessly connect all these events together, as well as players to each other.
The game is set to release on 360 and PS3, and “other future console platforms”. It appears as though a PC version may not happen, due to comments from Bungie co-founder, Jason Jones as reported by Destructiod. Jones spoke of some of the changes the developer made with Halo, “We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo ’cause nobody wants to.” It could be that this thinking is going into the development of Destiny.
No release date is announced, although Activision does not list Destiny among its 2013 titles.
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