Ever since Bungie parted ways with Microsoft, leaving the Halo franchise in the capable hands of 343 Industries, gamers have been wondering what to expect from the famed developer’s next game, which we know to be (currently) called “Destiny.”
Although the studio has admitted that Destiny has been in development for quite awhile now, we’ve heard nothing about it beyond the fact that it exists and that Activision will be published. Thanks to the leaky series of tubes that is the internet, we now know a bit more than that.
An anonymous tipster forwarded documents pertaining to Destiny to IGN, and the documents reveal quite a bit about the game’s setting, story, and even a few tidbits about the developers’ core design principles for the new franchise.
The documents claim that Destiny is set in the far-off future–700 years from now, to be exact–and takes place in Earth’s “Last City” in a future where the remnants of mankind’s Golden Age can be found all across the solar system.
“A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector,” the documents read.
“Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.”
Jason Jones, co-founder of Bungie, was quoted in the documents as saying that Destiny “is designed for your inner seven year old. We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure.”
The documents go on to say that Destiny is designed to be “social” at its “core,” and that the gameplay is being designed to be “fun and accessible to all.” The former tidbit suggests that an MMO is a possibility, but Bungie may have something else in mind.
Rather than simply brushing off the leak, Bungie opted to instead offer up a piece of concept art (seen above) to tide us over until something more official (and planned) comes about.
Are you looking forward to hearing more about Destiny?