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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 avantegardener

Bungie make Sci-fi shooter, film at 11.00.

Posted by BBQBram

Well, that concept art is already a lot cooler than Halo's art, to me anyways.

Posted by Enigma777

Gotta say that the concept art looks pretty freaking sweet. Kinda gives me a Miyazaki vibe actually

Posted by Grilledcheez

EXCITED

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

@kpaadet said:

What would Planetside done right look like Patrick?

Planetside 2?

Posted by Grimhild

@camwil said:

@JDillinger said:

"Planetside done right", wtf?

Seriously, wtf.

Posted by SharkMan

planetside done right, should have been in quotes, if the general community behind this new game is saying that, they are saying it as an opinion, i don't think Patrick is saying this; he is just giving a description of what fans are thinking it to be.

Posted by masterpaperlink

capes are always cool

Posted by lockload

Xbox exclusive for a year aswell for game1, revealed in court ruling last year

Posted by GaspoweR

@FoolishChaos said:

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

WHAT IF SOMEBODY SAID, "PLANET SIDE 2 DOES WHAT PLANET SIDE DIDN'T"?

Posted by Bunny_Fire

The rumor’s always been that Bunge’s creating a sci-fi shooter MMO--PlanetSide done right ... hmmm ok ill assume you may be talking about the tabletop RPG that could use a little work.

Edited by addictedtopinescent

The part about the aliens protecting humanity this time sounds cool.

Looking forward to hearing more, this def is way to well timed.

Posted by Bubbly

Aw cmon Patrick. I love your work and all, but can you really say that about a game you've never played and have no interest in playing? I'm obviously referring to Planetside 2 here. I know Jeff doesn't like it, but all the Planetside vets I've seen here, including me, do.

Posted by FankJankler

So instead of a ring, there's just a ball? Got it!

Posted by dvorak

There's no way this is an unplanned "leak". I mean the files have got to be pretty close to what they would normally release as a teaser, and beyond that, someone would have to have the knowledge that people would actually give a shit about what was on the thumb drive.

Posted by DG991

Hmm... looks awfully halo like.

Posted by Viking_Funeral

I'm amazed how quickly I went from "I want to keep an eye on this" to "Well, maybe they'll surprise us" in the space of one leak.

Posted by Palaeomerus

But...is it sexist?

Posted by Stradimus

My estimate: It will be original and amazing. Everything will be new and vibrant and then threw a series of 5 sequels, Bungie will drag it to its knees.

Posted by Bored_Ming

COLLUSION!

Posted by Meowshi

What's with Patrick randomly shitting on PlanetSide in the middle of this article? Is he just listening to Jeff's opinion on it?

Posted by BelligerentEngine

@mbr2 said:

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

Posted by Diablos1125

This whole "lost at a coffee shop" shit is getting old

Posted by xyzygy

Concept art looks cool but the ship featured on the large picture looks exactly like the Didact's ship. How ironic.

Posted by MindChamber

@Diablos1125: hahah this

Posted by TomA

@Rayeth: Have faith in Bungie. They completely changed the industry; they obviously know what they're doing.

Posted by TheMasterDS

I like how the aesthetics look very Star Wars. It looks like Hoth to me! Good times!

Posted by Zajtalan

fuck yes

Posted by TPoppaPuff

At this point you have to think Activision is pushing Bungie hard to release this game on 360 and a proper, up-rez'ed version for Durango next year with 360-Durango cross play and not just only to the 360, right? Even if it only runs at native 1080, bigger textures and a more consistent 30 fps certainly they see the commercial value in such a thing, right?

BTW, anybody else see the logo and immediately think of Gateway? It's like they turned their power button on its side.

@lockload said:

Xbox exclusive for a year aswell for game1, revealed in court ruling last year

I think the reason the contract was worded the way it was was thanks to the uncertainty of how dev time and upcoming generation would play out. Now that we know for sure Durango and PS4 will debut Oct-Nov 13 and they are confident they can port it in time, we will definitely see it on both 360 and PS3. It's on the official logo poster.

Posted by Bollard

@jozzy said:

@Xeirus said:

@a5ehren said:

@camwil said:

@JDillinger said:

"Planetside done right", wtf?

Seriously, wtf.

See, Planetside isn't a very good game, so...

I feel like some people are taking that comment personally... shocker!

I don't think Patrick meant it the way you think he meant it.

How did he mean it? I don't see how you can interpret this any other way than that he thinks Planetside is not done right. Which is kind of a silly statement to me, especially since we have Planetside 2 now. So he is comparing this to a very old game with some revolutionary concepts at that time, while not mentioning the new one.

Yeah, there is a Planetside 2, and it suuuucks.

Posted by Gamer_152

I think Bungie is a generally very trustworthy company, but this is at least a very nice coincidence for them. However that stuff got out there though, I'm excited to see what Bungie are making right now.

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Posted by Eyz

It's gonna be giant spherical planetoids destroying alien races through the universe, rather than halo-like planets destroying alien races through the universe...

Posted by jozzy

@Chavtheworld said:

@jozzy said:

@Xeirus said:

@a5ehren said:

@camwil said:

@JDillinger said:

"Planetside done right", wtf?

Seriously, wtf.

See, Planetside isn't a very good game, so...

I feel like some people are taking that comment personally... shocker!

I don't think Patrick meant it the way you think he meant it.

How did he mean it? I don't see how you can interpret this any other way than that he thinks Planetside is not done right. Which is kind of a silly statement to me, especially since we have Planetside 2 now. So he is comparing this to a very old game with some revolutionary concepts at that time, while not mentioning the new one.

Yeah, there is a Planetside 2, and it suuuucks.

I have to disagree with you on that, it's pretty amazing actually.

Posted by Zaapp1
Posted by Th3irdEye

Saw this pic on Reddit. Bungie is clever.

Posted by doublestack

@Yanngc33: @Yanngc33 said:

"Xbox 360 and PS3"

..... really?

I really hope not. Could be epic with new tech.

Posted by peritus

@doublestack said:

@Yanngc33: @Yanngc33 said:

"Xbox 360 and PS3"

..... really?

I really hope not. Could be epic with new tech.

Would be a major bummer if they release current gen.

Posted by MezzerliptikJay

if only the game graphics looked like they do in the pictures it would be awesome! but with this gen consoles we have no hope :(

Posted by mewarmo990

I have no idea what kind of game it will be (other than sci-fi) but what little I've seen of Destiny seems very exciting.

I'm hoping for a very story/adventure-heavy game akin to Pathways to Darkness and Marathon. Halo was okay in that regard but understandably toned down to suit the mass market. I guess my expectations are a bit unrealistic.

Posted by probablytuna

I do love me some science fiction. Bring it on!

Edited by Suits

So.. Planetside 2

Posted by Solutha

I sure love the boys at "Bunge"

Posted by PridedWalnut

USB story sounds a tad shady... should be awesome though