Those who are anxiously awaiting Bungie's first new IP in years still have several months to stew, but that hasn't stopped the developer from launching a new website
for the game and divulging loads of new details on what gamers can expect when Destiny
hits consoles in September. Let's take a look at what's in store.
The game's story (once only hinted at and spoke of in hushed tones and teases) is now beginning to round into shape for the public. Those who have followed Destiny
's development are probably already familiar with the "Traveler" the spherical ship that is front and center in the game's mythos. Its arrival marked the beginning of "The Golden Age":
Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. Long ago, it breathed new life into our system. Rain washed over Mars. Fresh air cleansed the skies over Venus. Soon after, humanity raced into the black, and colonized these newly remade worlds. It was a time of miracles – a great Golden Age.
As you can expect (and has been told) this Golden Age was not long for the world.
It did not last. The Traveler had an ancient enemy. A powerful darkness that found us here on Earth, and nearly destroyed us. No one knows exactly what happened in those final moments, but we know this: we survived, and we owe our lives to the Traveler.
It's already been revealed that the Traveler hovers over the last bastion of civilization, but Bungie is now going into a bit more detail.
In our darkest days, Humans, Exos, and Awoken found the Traveler where it made its last stand, low above Earth, silent and immobile. We built the City – our last – within its protective veil, fighting countless wars to keep its peace. From that dark age, Guardians were born.
Those events, however, are in the past and they merely set up the action that gamers will enter in Destiny
. Playing as one of the Guardians, you'll have numerous adventures ahead.
Now, a new era has begun, and the only hope for our future lies in unlocking the greatest mysteries of our past. You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield some of the Traveler's incredible power. You are taking this mantle just as a new day dawns. Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks have finally returned to our long-lost worlds, only to find out we are not alone.
Defend the last safe City on Earth. Defeat our enemies. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system. Discover all that we have lost.
We've already covered
some of the broader details about the classes and structure of Destiny
, but the new website goes into a bit more detail about the three options: Titan, Warlock, and Hunter.Titan
The first Titans built the Wall, and bravely gave their lives to defend it. Now, you stand in the same place, steadfast and sure. Our enemies are deadly and merciless, but so are you. You hail from a line of legendary heroes and your strength and skill will be needed to shatter their ranks.
Warlocks have long studied the Traveler, mastering some of its arcane energies. Its true purpose still remains a great mystery, but discovering truth has always driven you into the unknown. Now, our enemies stand between you and your greatest discovery – the secrets of the Golden Age.
Hunters once prowled the wilderness and wastelands, taking big risks for even bigger rewards. Making your own luck has always meant bending the rules. But you are no outlaw, at least, not anymore, and your unique brand of daring and ingenuity will be needed now more than ever.
As with any large game setting, the locales are going to be incredibly important as they'll need to create visual variety and a wide swath of environments. Destiny
is set to do that by focusing on Earth and its three closest neighbors in the Solar System: Earth's Moon, Mars, and Venus.Earth
Our home. After the Darkness swept over us, we found the Traveler where it made its last stand. Beneath, we built The City – our last – within its protective aura. From here, Guardians stand watch, defend our civilization, and strike out into the wild frontiers of Earth – and beyond – to reclaim our lost worlds.
Orbital View The Tower The Traveler and The City Moon Old Russia
Like Earth, the ruins of humanity's former glory can be found scattered across the familiar lunar surface. Recent exploration attempts have been repulsed, reporting increased enemy activity, and even strange tectonic phenomenon. The City has since classified the Moon as a "Forbidden Zone,” open only to our most brave and experienced Guardians.
Orbital View Hellmouth Venus Accelerator
Venus was once the site of great discovery – a paradise. Now, it is a monument to all that we have lost. The old stories say we built an academy dedicated to learning and research on the shore of a wondrous sea, and that the waters themselves boiled and rose up to shatter the coast, washing away all that we had built.
Orbital View Mars The Academy
What little we know of Mars may as well be a myth. We built a massive metropolis in the red dust. The Darkness swept nearly all of it away; the sand itself claimed the rest. No one knows what remains of our lost age, now buried beneath the dunes.
Orbital View The Exclusion Zone
Finally, Bungie is giving us a closer look at the enemies of Destiny
, because what good is a sci-fi shooter without things to... well... shoot.Fallen
Fallen are hardy creatures who can survive in a wide range of environments without heavy armor or complex modifications to their physiology. They travel light, hit hard, and are gone before you know it. Fallen may look like mere scavengers, but on closer inspection you will see hints of a splendid, sophisticated past, and the proud markings of their ancestral "Houses."Hive
Hive manipulate the physical world in ways that we can only begin to imagine. The Hive have carved a kingdom deep into the lifeless core of the Moon, and it is there they remain, silent and buried among many dark and terrible secrets, a reminder of the tremendous power that brought forth the Collapse.Vex
Scattered reports indicate that the Vex appear to be mass-produced machine units, constructed of an unknown metal alloy resembling hammered brass. All attempts to communicate with them have failed. They are hostile. They are unrelenting. They are deadly.Cabal
Few Guardians have faced Cabal and lived to tell the tale. They are a professional military operation. On every front we have found them on the march, they have already dug in and ringed their installations with razor wire. Now, it seems they've turned their eyes towards us.
With the new website launched and several months of hyping left ahead (not to mention a "bet the farm on it" presentation at E3), you can expect to see plenty more from Bungie and Destiny
before it launches on September 9th for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.