Bungie's Destiny a 'shared-world' shooter

New universe is first-person shooter for Xbox 360 and PS3 with elements of open-world sandbox and persistent world; will not require subscription.

After years of secrecy, Bungie today officially announced Destiny , its first post-Halo project. A first-person shooter for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with elements of open-world sandbox and persistent world, Destiny is described as the world's first "shared-world shooter." And Activision has big hopes for it.

"Very few games transcend their medium and their genre to truly become a part of popular culture; to belong in the time capsule as something that we can all share. And we believe Destiny could become one of those games," Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said, describing its title as the "worst-kept secret in the history of secrets."

Bungie cofounder Jason Jones said Destiny will be the ultimate first-person shooter and even something grander.

"If you enjoy shooters, Destiny is going to be the best game you've ever played," Jones said. "Destiny is Bungie's next great shooter and is set in an amazing new world that we're building. In Destiny, players get to build their own characters and grow them over time. We're really putting players in the center of the world and giving them control over their experience. From the ground up we've built this game to be social and cooperative."

Bungie and Activision are not yet talking release timing, but past legal documents said Destiny would ship first for Xbox 360 (and the Xbox 720) later this year, with a 2014 release for PS3. Could Destiny come to PC or next-generation platforms? It's plausible, but Activision would not comment.

"We're really putting players in the center of the world and giving them control over their experience. From the ground up we've built this game to be social and cooperative." --Bungie cofounder Jason Jones.

Though Destiny will feature a persistent world, the game will not carry a monthly fee. Hirshberg confirmed the publisher has "no plans" to charge gamers a subscription to play Destiny and would not got into further detail about the game's business model.

Destiny aims to break molds by throwing away the traditional playbook, including the idea of main menus, Jones said. In addition, Jones said everything that's fun to do is more fun if friends are around, and this is why Destiny's campaign will not be a solitary experience.

"Think about the gym, think about college; imagine those places empty. That would be crazy; no one would like that; it would be creepy. But that's the experience we've all had for decades playing these campaign games in a solitary way. That's not what we want," he said.

Playing solo is a "totally valid" way to experience Destiny, Jones said, though he argued it's more fun to play with other people. For more on Destiny, check out GameSpot's just-published extended coverage of Bungie's new universe.

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Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

So this means that there is no real Single player in the game. Another MMO type of shit just made for consoles

dalin925
dalin925

How do you know it is not for PC?


Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

After your devs mouthed off and showed you were making just another mediocre consolized shooter I have no plans to buy this crap.

magicalclick
magicalclick

When they say it is an growing thing, I shivered, because my interpretation is a beta build that will improve over time like many MMO games. Played Planet Side 2, it is so boring after awhile. I am not sure how you can make a fun MMO shooter, because it gets old for me really fast.

steelmouth
steelmouth

am not convinced i need actual footage, ingame or cg any kinder of gameplay footage will do not a photo montage

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Oh hey look!  Bungie's making another FPS!  And they're saying it's revolutionary, you know, like Halo was! (lol)

WHO'D HAVE GUESSED.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I wish it wasnt a FPS.. there are so many and im sick of that game type!

Gr3gSolidus
Gr3gSolidus

Really ope they tell the story through the actual game this time.

Yams1980
Yams1980

another fps who cares????? the big catch is its onine or something? aren't all games online nowadays.  My fun ended after the first Halo from games from bungie, they for some reason think they are still good at making shooters.

 And not being on PC is terrible idea, shooters are crap on consoles.

Succumbus
Succumbus

The fact that something as innovative as this isn't coming out on PC bums me out. For once I'm wanting a next-gen console just to play this game.

Poodger
Poodger

It sounds interesting, but I probably won't give it a second look unless it is on the PC.

Capt_Doom
Capt_Doom

only problem I have with this game is it's a FPS. Everything sounds amazing, in particular the concept art is fantastic, but why is it that a game that focus's on creating and becoming a legendary character and getting new armor, weapons, abilities, and ships is in first person perspective. Maybe I'm just selfish, but I want to see my badass character all the time, not just in menus. 

domxnik
domxnik

I don't see myself buying this until there is a PC version.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Sounds good to me, as long as it actually can function without online. I will prefer to play it connected, but I hate that feeling when there is some sort of outage and you can't use what you paid for.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

I know everyone's ragging on the 'always connected' idea, but it sounds like they're going for a slight MMO approach, in some elements. With that in mind, it's hard to knock it. Besides, it really sounds like they're going for a sort of EVE Online approach, in that they're creating this world for us to interact in, but what we do with it may be up to us. That's just speculation though, but regardless I trust Bungie to provide a genuine experience.

That said, Activision is an entirely different story. It seems I can never trust them with a franchise, because after all of the products they shove down our throats I always get sick of whatever it is they're selling. I'm hopeful for this as it sounds promising, but with Activision being attached to it, I'm remaining skeptical.

robertico7
robertico7

Not coming to PC, that's too bad. I'll buy it for the PS3 then.

jmr1986
jmr1986

Meh... i was expecting Bungie to open up their Horizons and make another kind of games, after all the hype i was seriously expecting the new greatest franchise to come up from them but instead of that we get another FPS. I hope Bungie proves me wrong but FPS + always online experience + Activision sounds like a pretty bad combination from the start.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

hmm, if it came to the pc, i smell GFWL.

poo.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Call me a miserable old man, but I don't like this 'always connected' world we're coerced into being a part of in nearly every aspect of life. It used to be that every man was an island. With the internet, mobile phones, tablets, online gaming and twittbook, every man is now nothing more than one stepping stone in a long line of stepping stones.

That said I'll withhold further judgement until we've got more details.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Anyone else think that static screen on the video in the article looks remarkably like one from the STALKER games?

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

If it looks, smells and plays like an MMO...

 Its not?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Bungie being innovative once again. I'm excited to hear more details on Destiny.

HaloSean
HaloSean

@Yams1980Ya cause Call of Duty and battlefield have done so bad on Consoles, i love the ignorance in people like you, we've barely heard anything about this game yet you're already making bad judgements and complaining....from what we've been told the online is going to be a giant open world where you can play with other characters, the last couple of mmo fps have failed and honestly it is boring to play a campaign by yourself, destiny is going to bring all the players together in the campaign which will be awesome, hopefully they do it the right way though, they can learn from Defiance because they failed miserably 

1valiantknight
1valiantknight

@Capt_Doom I agree it would be nice if there was a 3rd person option. Or if there was a cover system that would snap you to 3rd person whenever you take cover ala rainbow six vegas. However I have played many games in the first person perspective that aspired to be much more than just a first person shooter. It's doable. Can't wait for more info and gameplay footage.

xXNutcrackerXx
xXNutcrackerXx

@yearssomuch  

Eh, I don't see Bungie as the type of company that would just roll over and let Activision control them. Activision is just heavily footing the bill for a profit.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@robertico7  

what if it is designed for ng consoles?

oh yes, sorry. it states so in the article.

robertico7
robertico7

article says xbox360 and ps3. A sequel (if ther'e planning to make 1) would be on the ng for sure

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@Mega_Loser This is no guarantee. They might release it on PC, WiiU etc but no one is sure.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

@DarkSaber2k @Shantmaster_K Okay but at least they're trying to make an interesting game. People shouldn't be shunning this they should be supporting it. 

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

@DarkSaber2k @Ferg1213 @Shantmaster_K Key word "this" meaning people should be supporting game developers that are trying to do something fairly original instead of shunning them. How that relates to you hating Halo since day one I don't know and don't care.

deathwish026
deathwish026

what a massive ass.... you have deathwish!