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Details on Bungie’s Next Game, Destiny, Leak Out

Bungie acknowledges the leak, but not specifics on what might be true.

We may be very close to knowing much more about what Bungie is up to next, as the studio has acknowledged leaks reported on Kotaku and IGN regarding its new game, reportedly called Destiny.

Bungie left Halo behind with 2010’s Halo: Reach, and signed a 10-year deal with Activision for a new, ambitious, multi-game franchise that would finally take Bungie beyond the Xbox platform.

The story goes that someone found a USB key at a coffee shop, and it included concept art and bullet point features regarding Destiny. These images and documents, sent to multiple outlets, come conveniently just a week before the Spike Video Game Awards, where numerous games receive their worldwide debut.

According to the documents, Destiny tells the story of a torn and tattered Earth that’s devastated--once again--by aliens. An enormous alien ship descends over humanity’s last major outpost, seemingly in protection of humanity. Why? No one knows, but it doesn’t matter: Earth has a protector. Players assume the role of “knights” assigned to fending off the surrounding threat and finding a solution.

The rumor’s always been that Bunge’s creating a sci-fi shooter MMO--PlanetSide done right--and while these documents hint at a large “social” aspect to this new game, it doesn’t make it explicit.

Bungie acknowledged the leak on its website, and even posted one of the leaked pieces of artwork.

“Go ahead,” said the company in a statement. “Take a peek. It’s alright. We weren't quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we've really been up to. Stick around, we haven’t even started yet.”

Seems like something a studio would say if it had more to show awfully soon, huh? That’s just me speculating, though--I have no inside information of a Spike TV reveal. It just seems very suspicious and well-timed.

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Posted by Reisz

Man that mecha in the second piece of concept art, can anyone say Appleseed?

Edited by jozzy

@doomocrat said:

@jozzy: Did you ever throw a grenade in Planetside? Use a lasher? I don't agree with Jeff's sentiment that shooting was fine in the old one, and no one is being egregious saying there's a lot of ground to make up. PS2 hasn't fully resonated with everybody yet. Would you rather he make a blanket statement about a game he hasn't played?

I think it is a weird underhanded stab that doesn't make a lot of sense, because that game is really, really old and did some crazy things at the time. And there is a new game out, if he didn't play it yet he should just refrain from that comment in my opinion.

Let me explain my position by going into an extreme. To me it feels like saying this new FPS shooter a developer is making is like Wolfenstein 3D done right. It ignores that there is a huge time gap between that game and this new one, it ignores years of progress and it negatively portrays a game that is pretty well liked by a lot of people.

Now, this might make it seem like I am angry or upset at Patrick's comment, I am not at all. It just made me scratch my head.

Posted by AndrewB

@pyrodactyl said:

whatever you like it or not, you can't say planetside was done right enough to grab mainstream appeal. Which is what bungie is clearly aiming for.

Right does not always equal grabbing mainstream appeal. Although I guess as an MMO where, theoretically, everyone is battling in the same world (albeit different areas), it does factor in to a certain extent.

Posted by SmilingPig

I hope that its not a mmo or multiplayer only FPS.

Posted by mattjam3000

"PlanetSide done right" is a bit harsh a term. I played Planetside 1 for many numbers of years and still find it to be one of the best games I have ever played, certainly the most unique. 2 is also a very good game but I certainly would not say planetside was done wrong.

Posted by Dallas_Raines

@Lukeweizer said:

So, you're saying there are aliens... and there's an elite group of people that protect humanity against these aliens? Sounds familiar.

Yeah, it definitely sounds like it needs a good 'twist' to keep it fresh, perhaps an ancient, lost race of highly intelligent and...highly evil beings?

Posted by Funkydupe

Will there be laser swords?

What is that metal sphere we see on the second linked concept art in the article?

Posted by BenderUnit22

Humanity at the brink of extinction by the hands of an alien force? What a fresh and unheard of scenario.

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Posted by MURDERSMASH

IT'S NOT MARATHON, DAMNIT. GIMME SOME MORE MARATHON!

Posted by BlatantNinja23

Concepts look great, also looks like we will be seeing some next gen stuff at the VGAs (seeing this game is also a Xbox Infinity game, I'm assuming fall launch title.) Wonder if these games will even tease dates.

Posted by bassman2112

It's kind of disappointing that they're heading back to alien, spaced-based sci-fi again. Oh well, shall reserve judgement until actual announcements come out!

Also, - my apologies for pointing out a spelling mistake, but "The rumor’s always been that Bunge’s creating a sci-fi shooter MMO"

Posted by Levio

“Go ahead, take a peek. It’s alright. We weren't quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we've really been up to. Stick around, we haven’t even started yet.”

Posted by aquamarin

Looks cooler than Halo 4.

Posted by Dixavd

So the Spike Video Game Awards is next week.

That was the point of this article right, to advertise that..? :P

Posted by NoBullet

pretty obvious this wasnt leaked. This is kinda pathetic and seems to be too common in this industry.

Posted by paulmako

Amazed that they purposefully left the usb drive with the information on in some coffee shop as a leak. Well that's a pretty snazzy marketing strategy right there.

I wonder how authentic they tried to make the rest of the files on the usb drive look. Did they put some music on there too? Some porn perhaps?

Posted by TehJedicake

Well unless it's on PC, I couldn't care less.

Edited by Sooty

PlanetSide 2 is PlanetSide done right. I'm not sure what the aim was with that remark as it just sounds bad, if you're going to insinuate MMO FPS wasn't done right you should at least cite a game that isn't 10 years old next year, like I don't know, maybe PlanetSide 2 that came out last week?

@paulmako said:

Amazed that they purposefully left the usb drive with the information on in some coffee shop as a leak. Well that's a pretty snazzy marketing strategy right there.

and it just so happened to be someone that gave a shit about the contents and even knew who Bungie are.

Posted by Funkydupe

@TehJedicake said:

Well unless it's on PC, I couldn't care less.

Apparently this "reaches beyond consoles" like stated in the main article on this page. However. If that means consoles first and a sucky port for PC, then I'm not interested either. I have no problems with a game coming for as many platforms as possible as I own both a PC and consoles but if that versatility is going to affect quality, I'd rather they stayed either on consoles or as PC-only.

Posted by ajamafalous
@Tovan said:

@JDillinger said:

"Planetside done right", wtf?

Ah, so they're just rereleasing PlanetSide, then.
Posted by Funkydupe
Edited by isomeri

One of the leaked images/promos has both the Xbox 360 and PS3 logos on it. It would be really surprising to me if Bungie decided to release this on the current generation of consoles. They would have to push this out fairly quickly into an already crowded spring 2013.

Posted by mbr2

"Planetside done right" Have you even played any Planetside, Patrick?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@AckbarTheGreat said:

I hope we get to play as the aliens for once.

Was just about to say this. 
Looks cool though, a lot more industrial looking than Halo
Posted by TheGlitchmaster

IT'S THIRD IMPACT

WE'RE ALL GONNA TURN INTO LCL

BUNGIE WAS SEELE THE WHOLE TIME

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Hey it's the sphere from Halo 4.

Posted by dr_mantas

MUST. NOT. GET. HYPED. BY. CONCEPT. ART.

DAMN!

Posted by JustinAquarius

so basically halo

Posted by mrfluke

@Colourful_Hippie said:

Hey it's the sphere from Halo 4.

glad i wasnt the only one that kinda noticed this.

also yea its alien invasion, but i like the hook of that sphere is apparently earths protector, could be interesting.

also heard rumors from a friend that got laid off from activision in Minnesota that bungie has ambitions to make this game crossplayable (xbox vs playstation or co op with people on the other systems) by keeping the multiplayer server side or something of that sorts.

whether that happens weill see, but that would be fucking awesome if they somehow pull that off

also based off the other artwork in the game that im surprised partick didnt link to (unless it has watermarks on it) getting a real borderlands vibe from this game

Posted by JusticeJanitor

"Planetside done right"

That would be Planetside 2.

Posted by kennybaese

The art looks really good. All in all, I'd kind of been hoping that we'd see something a bit different from Bungie than Halo with a new aesthetic.

Posted by Ash_F

"finally take Bungie beyond the Xbox platform."???

Bungie had a long and rich history on the PC prior to Halo. Can wait to see what they got!

Posted by Zuldim

I really dig the whole knight aesthetic being melded with this high-tech look. They aren't the first to do something like it (Warhammer 40K, for example), but they're really leaning into it more than most, and I think it works.

Posted by Yanngc33

"Xbox 360 and PS3"

..... really?

Posted by Grimluck343

Really excited to see what this game is. 360 and PS3 though? I guess the game is coming out next year then?

Posted by Fattony12000

@Funkydupe: I just need his hair now. THEN THE SPELL WILL BE COMPLETE.

Posted by kylekrane

@Colourful_Hippie said:

Hey it's the sphere from Halo 4.

actually its the sphere from ODST :P

http://misriahsolutions.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/destiny_awaits.jpg?w=1024&h=576

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@kylekrane said:

@Colourful_Hippie said:

Hey it's the sphere from Halo 4.

actually its the sphere from ODST :P

http://misriahsolutions.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/destiny_awaits.jpg?w=1024&h=576

Wrong sphere

Posted by Nonentity

No mention of a PC version. You disappoint me, Bungie.

Posted by leebmx

@Begilerath said:

Yes, VGAs for sure. That would explain this tweet from Geoff Keighley. It does not seem to be an "intentional leak" or maybe Bungie was upset with Keighley and the whole Doritos thing.

Whatever. You don't think he's pleased now loads more people will watch the VGA's cos they now some new Bungie stuff is happening? All this works perfectly for him. Its all a diabolical plot I tell you!

Posted by aquacadet

That concept art looks awesome. I'm very excited to see what they actually ship.

Posted by deathfromace

@JusticeJanitor said:

"Planetside done right"

That would be Planetside 2.

I enjoy Plantside 2 but saying it's Planetside done right is cause for a lot of people that don't think Planetside 2 is any better then the first and is actually worse...

Posted by CitizenJP

Dope.

Posted by WilliamHenry

@Nonentity said:

No mention of a PC version. You disappoint me, Bungie.

They have barely mentioned anything about the game. No need to get your panties in a bunch we know next to nothing.

Posted by NinjaTard

It's interesting to me that Halo 4 has a giant orb/ship vital to the story and here we have Bungie with a giant orb/ship at the core of it's story.....so who copied who and when do we get to see the legal finger pointing begin?

As for this "Destiny" game...it looks interesting but if it's an MMO I don't care as that's just not my thing. Shooter sure, MMO nah...I'm a lone wolf, screw the social aspect of gaming.

Posted by Darkstorn

@WilliamHenry said:

@Nonentity said:

No mention of a PC version. You disappoint me, Bungie.

They have barely mentioned anything about the game. No need to get your panties in a bunch we know next to nothing.

Yeah, a 'leak' is hardly a press release.

Posted by FoolishChaos

I will fight anyone who says planet side 2 is done wrong.

Posted by Crunchman

Halo 4 and Destiny, rival orbs.

Posted by konig_kei

it was foretold that thy publisher activision would ground thy developer bungie into the ground with yearly sequels of their new game.

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