Bungie has finally lift the lid on their new project with Activision. The first look comes as a ViDoc which shows and explains the now independent developer's vision for Destiny. Check it out below.
Bungie also released the official description of the game via Bungie's forums:
Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned our solar system, but it didn't last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes.
You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Defend the City. Defeat our enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost.
Key features: -The next evolution of entertainment - an incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.
-Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customized weapons, gear and vehicles.
-Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, combined with public and social activities.
Destiny is an online game and requires internet connection at all times, even when you play solo. bungie quickly clarified that this game will not have any monthly subscriptions, but also won't be Free-To-Play, which confirms that this game is somewhat an MMO-ish kind of experience. The ex-halo developers is really focusing on the social aspect in the game, hoping that this game will be something you'd like to play with friends for hours. There won't be any main menus to pair up players, everything will be done in-game. The best way i can describe a concept like this is that it may be similar to the online features of PS3's exclusive PSN title Journey - You play and explore the game, then you will stumble upon another player that might be going the same way, so you decide to work together.
With gameplay, it's going to be very familiar since this is Bungie after all, and we know damn well that they do good with FPS. The game will definitely have a competitive side, but they haven't talked into detail on how it will work in this world.
It's hard to pinpoint Destiny's genre aside from it being a FPS, but Activision is calling this a “shared world shooter”. GameIndustry reports that Destiny will have persistent worlds with sandbox-like elements.
Players will be able to customize their guardians looks, weapons, abilities, and even their own ship which can be used to travel from planet to planet. There are three confirmed classes so far - The Hunter, the Warlock, and the Titan. Not much details on the classes at this point.
Destiny will be available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but no PC. This is a bit strange and I'm sure a lot of PC gamers are outraged by this decision. Bungie considers themselves a "console shooter", so don't expect any PC port anytime soon. No release date was give, but is expected to launch this year.
Released concept art of the game can be seen below.
UPDATE: Activision confirms that Destiny is not set for a 2013 release, when? To be announced...