The video game studio that’s behind Halo is releasing a supposedly new blockbuster hit Tuesday, called Destiny. It is reportedly the most expensive video game ever made.
The game will be in stores on September 9 and it will put players in the role of guardians of the last city on Earth, with enemies to battle, special powers to wield, and planets to explore. in other words, Destiny awaits you for the experience of the year.
This is Bungie’s first new video game title since the Halo series, which are exclusive to the Xbox. But this one is coming for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Servers for the game were switched on today at 8 AM EDT.
Basically Destiny is a “shared world shooter” that combines elements of the first-person shooter (FPS) and role-playing game (RPG) genres into one incredibly huge experience.
Players explore the galaxy by battling aliens and unlocking new weapons and abilities. Keep in mind that all the action takes place in a single online universe, so participants are able to meet each other and team up to defeat enemies.
The action takes place 700 years in the future. A vast alien being called The Traveler, has arrived on Earth and aided humanity into an accelerated period of technological advance. Using interstellar colonisation ships, human settlements have spread out across the galaxy, leading to a golden era of discover, expansion and reasonable property prices.
But no paradise lasts forever, as an evil force that has been looking for The Traveler across the cosmos has finally tracked it down. Now, various alien armies are raiding the solar system and only one Earth city is still protected by our moon-like extraterrestrial savior.
This is The Tower, a vast skyscraper, which acts as the central social hub of Destiny. The game puts players in the role of guardians of the last city on Earth, with enemies to battle, special powers to wield, and planets to explore.
“Destiny has been a labor of love and a remarkable creative journey for everyone at Activision and Bungie,” Hirshberg said in a statement. “We feel that we have the opportunity to launch something huge–not just into the gaming landscape, but the pop cultural landscape. Arriving at our launch day with this much support and enthusiasm from fans and retailers is downright exciting. Moments like this just don’t come around very often.”
4.6 million people played the Destiny beta in July, and added that “millions” are expected to play the full game on its first day.
The budget for this game is 500 million US dollars, the biggest investment ever in a video game. Bobby Kotick, CEO for Destiny publisher Activision Blizzard, remarked earlier this year that Destiny was “a $500 million bet,” a price estimate that refers to the overall cost of developing and marketing the game and its sequels over the coming years.
Destiny definitely wants to change the way we think about online gaming, and the amazing thing is that it is so complex, that fiction does become palpable in an instant. Taking a moment to soak in the rich universe that Bungie has created is one of Destiny‘s unexpected pleasures.
“We’ve been very fortunate because of our culture that we’ve been able to retain such talented people – the majority of the original Halo team is there, Jason Jones who was the creative director of Halo and previous hits at Bungie is the creative director of Destiny. (…) As a result of that you look around the room and they’re the reason that you’re still in the office, because you trust in these people and their expertise, and you don’t have to worry about their area. You just worry about your areas. Ultimately that’s what Activision did as well; it’s an idea and they loved the vision, but they backed the talent at Bungie,” head of production Jonty Barnes said.