Internet sleuths, generally being videogame enthusiasts on the side, have unearthed the first images of Destiny, the first game developed by Bungie since they handed the reins of the mega-popular Halo series to 343 Industries. While not gameplay or in-engine screenshots, this collection of concept art is gorgeous and gives fans a good idea of what they might expect from Destiny, an MMORPG for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Several of the images were found hosted directly on Bungie’s official website, and confirms that they’re the real deal with a brief comment on their blog:
Go ahead. Take a peek. It’s alright. We weren’t quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we’ve really been up to.
Stick around, we haven’t even started yet.
As indicated in the blog post, it looks like this is just the start of wave of coverage likely to come in the next few weeks. I expect the first announcement trailer will be shown at the Spike TV videogame awards, airing December 7th.
A synopsis, confirmed real by Bungie, was also leaked:
Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.” Elsewhere in the document, the massive alien ship is referred to as “the Traveler.”
It all looks and sounds, well… pretty darn cool. As an aside, it’s too weird seeing Bungie’s name attached to a game with a PlayStation 3 logo on the splash screen. I know Bungie’s history, but I’ve strongly attached them to the Microsoft/Xbox brand for years, and it will take some time getting used to seeing their games elsewhere, though, for the industry in general, I’m happy to see the move from first-party Microsoft developer to independent third-party developer.
What do you think of the art? Are you excited about Destiny, or was your attachment to Bungie centred around the Halo series?