The Halo series Bungie created is one of the most well-known franchises in gaming. It has sold millions of copies and its fans reach the world over. Despite this success, Bungie does not believe it will be blinded by its past accomplishments for its all-new Destiny franchise.
"It's important to take pride in one's work, and we do, but I don't see anyone here resting on their laurels," Bungie explained as part of its latest Mail Sack. "The ancients are hell-bent on outdoing themselves. The newbies are possessed with a hunger to prove that they truly deserve to keep the company into which they’ve been invited."
"The bar gets raised every time Bungie ships a game," the comment goes on. "It's been said that the fall could kill you. You’ll be the judges of our vault."
Bungie also gave some specifics about what kinds of features and services players can expect from Bungie.net for Destiny. The developer said its core Halo-era ambitions for the service have not changed, meaning players will be able to track statistics, communicate with other games, and even speak with developers at Bungie through the platform.
"Bungie.net was designed to provide the players of Halo with a bunch of ways to extend and share their experiences. Those priorities won’t change with Destiny," Bungie said. "It'll be a great place to maintain a relationship with the people who are making this game, with the other people who are playing this game, and even with yourself as a character in this game."
The developer also teased some "interesting plans" for "how you can take that experience with you, wherever you go."
"If armed with the right gadgets, no matter where life finds you, the world of Destiny will be very close--at your fingertips, even," the developer said.
Destiny is the first project in Bungie's ten-year publishing partnership with Call of Duty publisher Activision. The project is described as a "shared-world shooter."
The game is currently in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, though Bungie's own preorder page suggests the game is also coming to Wii U, PC, PlayStation Vita, and the Xbox 720.
For more on Destiny, check out GameSpot's interview with design director Joe Staten and art director Christopher Barrett.