By now, you’ve probably heard of Bungie’s upcoming game, Destiny. When it was first revealed, and especially after gameplay footage was shared at E3 2013, it quickly became one of the most talked-about and anticipated video games. With some elements of an MMORPG while retaining the first-person shooter gameplay Bungie is famous for, Destiny promises to have an interesting and unique blend of genres. Bungie refers to the game as a shared-world shooter, and although similar types of games have been seen before, the developers are insistent that nothing we’ve seen before has achieved quite what Destiny will do.
The world itself is said to be living and dynamic, with weather effects and unscripted events. It is set approximately 700 years in the future, so it has a strong science fiction setting. At the same time, the game’s universe has a sort of mythic lore surrounding it, which adds a sense of fantasy. It should be very atmospheric, especially since its soundtrack was composed by Martin O’Donnell, with contributions by Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney. If nothing else, we’re confident the music will be amazing, and fitting to its universe. Destiny’s backstory deals with a Golden Age of space exploration and technological advances, but when the Golden Age fell to pieces, the mysterious orb known as the Traveler saved humankind from complete destruction.
You play as a Guardian, one of an elite group of soldiers capable of using a fraction of the Traveler’s power. You must defend The City, the last safe haven on Earth, from the other species that threaten humanity. You’ll also explore the solar system and the ruins left behind from the Golden Age. Locations include Earth, the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Each planet is supposed to be roughly the size of Halo: Reach, which means we should see a lot of gameplay and exploration in every location.
As a Guardian, you can choose from one of three species: human, Exo, and Awoken. Exos are machines from the Golden Age that have lost their original memories. The Awoken are blue-skinned, mysterious beings inspired by mythology. However, the species choice only affects your character’s appearance and other cosmetic details. When it comes to gameplay differences, it’ll come down to which of the three playable classes you choose: Hunter, Warlock, or Titan. Hunters are fast, powerful warriors with an emphasis on stealth gameplay and ranged combat. Warlocks are magic users who combine their strange powers with weapons. Titans are powerful and have high defense, and they use heavy weapons. We’ll learn a lot more about these species and classes once Destiny is released, but even as it is, we have some interesting details to consider.
Combat is generally handled in a cooperative FPS style. There will be player-vs-player combat, as well, but if the competitive aspects don’t interest you, it shouldn’t disrupt your own gameplay. As you progress, you’ll level up, upgrade weapons and armor, and find new loot. There are multiple game modes to ensure you have a variety of options to try.
With all of these different gameplay elements, the game could have many different types of cheats for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. We expect to see the sorts of class guides, weapon/armor location and upgrade details, and ability hints seen for MMORPGs, as well as the combat tricks and mission tips seen in shooters. And since this is Bungie, we definitely expect to see a variety of fun Easter eggs, and maybe even shout-outs to the Halo and Marathon games. Destiny has the potential to be an unforgettable experience, and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for us when it launches on September 9 for both the previous and current generation of consoles.