Bungie, the makers of the first Halo straight till Reach, have announced a new franchise named Destiny, a console shooter for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with MMO-like features and a brand new sci-fi universe. The plot details our solar system, in a post-cataclysmal state, where you are the Earth’s “Guardians”, some of the last valiant soldiers fighting for the last city on Earth. The construction of Destiny as according to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg will be part first-person shooter (like Halo), part open-world sandbox (like EVE Online), and part persistent universe (like any online MMO out there). The catch?
It’s an always-online game. The reason? The universe is seamless and doesn’t feature matchmaking: it’s a universe that you connect to and experience, with everyone else who has the game. In-game, you’ll be able to customize armor, clothing, weapons, vehicles, spacecraft, and other gear, all the while traveling in interstellar space, to planets like Mars, our Moon, and Earth itself. Bungie also detailed that there are “no plans” to charge for a subscription fee, like most MMOs. Considering the architecture of the game, it also seems like a PC version is possible, but no mentions of next-gen console ports have been mentioned.
No doubt it will be an exciting game to play. Video after the break (with pre-alpha gameplay).