With Halo, Bungie proved that the studio knows how to dream up a star-spanning, alien-filled vision of the future that we all can't wait to hop into. Looks like the company is set to do that again — say hello to Destiny.
All we know so far are the barest of details, which surfaced after "leaked materials" found their way onto IGN. How'd that happen? No one knows for sure, but Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek does a good job giving the lay of the land here.
Here's the gist of what Destiny may be about, from that leak:
"Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man's Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it's here for, but only that it's our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young 'knights' tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and — eventually — overcoming it."
While it was a given that Bungie was working on something big now that the Halo franchise is in able hands over at 343 Industries, what Destiny would actually look like was totally up in the air. Folks who only know Bungie for its work on Halo — which you'd be excused for, as the franchise tied the studio up for over a decade — may not be aware that Bungie already knocked out an epic sci-fi series before Halo with the Marathon games, and frequently pressed onward into unfamiliar territory with titles such as Myth: The Fallen Lords and Oni.
With Destiny, Bungie is clearly looking to create its next big sci-fi universe. What it ultimately looks like remains to be seen, but you can get your first taste of the game's art and style in the gallery below. You'll also find some slides covering Bungie's plans down there — it's worth noting that only the first image has been officially claimed by Bungie, and that everything you see here could change, or may not even be directly related to Destiny.
And that's all we get. For now. Here's this from Bungie, sent to IGN's Andrew Goldfarb:
"We're not quite ready to take the wraps off our next universe, but in light of recent events we thought we'd give fans something a little more official over at Bungie.net. Feel free to drop by and say hello! There's much more to come."
Still hungry for just a taste more? Earlier this month the first details to emerge about Destiny were posted on Kotaku.