Destiny Seeing Release On The PlayStation 4
Xbox 360 gamers are well aware of the name Bungie: the developer responsible for the Halo franchise for the first five games in the series. Even though Bungie split with Microsoft in 2007, they still continued to create games exclusively for the Xbox and exclusively with the Halo property, making Sony games wonder if they would ever get a turn at the developer's games.
On February 17th, a few days before Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, Bungie unveiled its newest game: Destiny, hitting both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Instead of praise, Sony fans were left confused; after all, if the PS4 was surely to be announced in the next three days, why would Destiny be on the previous console especially when the release date is so far off?
Those questions were answers when, on February 20th, Bungie announced that Destiny was indeed coming to the PlayStation 4.
While only the bare minimum in story has been released, Destiny follows many of the same story traits as Halo. As one of the few survivors of a war waged against aliens, you must fight back to save civilization before it is wiped out forever.
As you would expect from Bungie, Destiny is a first-person shooter featuring the modes Bungie had become known for, namely competitive multiplayer. However, Destiny has a twist: all players will occupy a persistent world, similar to massively multiplayer online games, such as World of Warcraft. Players will see other players in the world, offering to help them out with missions and form groups on the fly.
You will not take on the role of one central named character. Like most MMOs, you will create your character from scratch along with picking a class, ranging in choices such as Warlock or Guardian. Depending on the class you select, different abilities, weapons and items are available for you to use, changing the way you play and relying on your friends and allies to cover for your weaknesses with their own class strengths.
Battles are not waged only at ground level, either. Bungie has teased that space combat will be an integral part of the game, and players will have the opportunity to pilot and customize their very own ship. Other players will be able to tell how good of a player you are just by the design of your ship.
Because of its always online nature, Destiny will permanently require an Internet connection, a feature that has turned some gamers off. Bungie states that “desire for connectivity is the only way to realize the vision of the game” which is why the decision was made.“ While there are no plans to charge a subscription fee, there are plans for downloadable content, or DLC. On the subject of DLC, Bungie announced that the PlayStation 4 would feature exclusive DLC.
Destiny draws on many games to create its experience. There are shades of Halo in the combat, aspects of Mass Effect in the character designs and features of Borderlands and Diablo in the loot-based system implemented into the game. Even when the story is over, the draw of finding new and more powerful weapons is sure to bring players back time and time again. Destiny has also drawn comparisons to Skyrim thanks to its large, open-ended world, along with its day and night cycle and living, breathing world. The best description for Destiny is a melting pot of every great first person shooter in the last five years with the personal touch and expertise of a revolutionary developer behind it.
Outside of cooperative gameplay, Destiny will feature competitive multiplayer gameplay. While no information has been revealed for these competitive modes, PS4 gamers can rest assured that with Bungie at the helm, they are getting one of the best competitive multiplayer games possible.
With Sony's emphasis on the social aspect of PlayStation 4, Destiny is a perfect fit for the console. As we've seen, social interaction, such as inviting a friend to your game or sharing a gameplay video, can happen at the press of a button. When you need help in Destiny or just want to upload a cool new gun, only the PS4 gives you the tools you need to do that.
No release date for Destiny has been set so it is unlikely that the game will make the PlayStation 4 launch. As soon as new information becomes available, PS4 Experts will be the first to give it to you!
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 02/24/2013
March 19th 2013 Update: Bungie Teases Playable Aliens
While Bungie has been tight lipped about additional Destiny information since the reveal, the company teases on its website that we might be able to play as more than humans:
" Not all of the aliens in Destiny are evil, just like not all humans are good. We've barely scratched the surface on the character and customization options you'll have access to in Destiny, but we're not going to dig in any deeper today."
Additionally, in light of the SimCity fiasco, Bungie addressed concerns over the launch of Destiny, as it is also an always online game, and if it will suffer the same fate as SimCity. Bungie assured fans that the infrastructure is in place for as smooth a launch as possible, citing the many smooth Halo launches they had.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/19/2013
April 8th 2013 Update -- Destiny Concept Video Revealed
During its GDC conference, Bungie unveiled something regulated to mostly Collectors Editions of games: concept art. Shown in the form of a video, Bungie stated that this video shows off "a rare glimpse into the character art, development and design of Destiny - from early sketches and concept art, to animation and in-engine 3D character models."
We've linked the video below for your viewing pleasure!
In addition, Activision has stated that the game will not release in 2013 on any platform, including the PlayStation 4.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/8/2013
April 30th 2013 Update: Destiny Still A "Work In Progress"
We haven't seen a lot of information or news about Destiny lately, leading some to believe if Bungie is just being coy by drawing out the game's information since it is so far from release. On the Bungie website, the team informed us that this wasn't the case:
"No, no, and no. And, no. Everything you've seen so far is work in progress. There is still a lot of work to be done. This is why you are made to wait, friends. Not because we like to tease you. Not because we know that you can take it. It’s because we’re still working."
What this means is that the game can and will change, so what we know right now about the game right now might not even make it to release! At PS4 Experts, we're all eagerly anticipating Destiny but it looks like we'll have to wait for more information only because the developers are still in the process of making the game. Destiny is still set for a 2014 release.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/30/2013
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