GameSpot may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and from purchases through links.

Destiny, the New Fragrance by Xbox

[UPDATE] Microsoft removes mention of the fake fragrance from the special website.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

[UPDATE] Microsoft has removed mention of the fake Destiny fragrance from its website, replacing it with the text you see below.

No Caption Provided

The original story is below.

That headline goes from good to great when you imagine it being said in the seductive hush of a Calvin Klein advert.

It's genuine, by the way. Well, genuine in the sense that this is a real Microsoft advert, which has been linked to by its official Twitter account.

Not genuine, of course, in the sense that Microsoft hasn't started manufacturing eau de toilette (though, trust me, if you ever go to Gamescom when it's open to the public, you'll wish they did).

So, er, why exactly is Microsoft advertising Destiny, the New Fragrance by Xbox?

Well, in the UK Microsoft is not allowed to advertise the game for Xbox One, due to an agreement between Activision and Sony.

On the Fragrance advert's website you'll notice a message explaining:

"Okay, so here's the lowdown. Destiny is actually an epic new first-person shooter, available on Xbox. Thing is, we didn’t have permission to run adverts for the game. So we didn’t."

Such a restriction caused a stink (sorry. Not sorry) within Microsoft's marketing department, and quite clearly has brought out the best in them. Well done all.

Destiny launches September 9 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and I think it's available on other platforms too. Not sure.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 1551 comments about this story