The upcoming release of Destiny is one of the highlights of the 2014 gaming calendar. Developed by Bungie, of Halo fame – the game looks set to be one of the best sellers of the year and for many people will truly usher in the next generation of consoles.
With the months leading up to Christmas being such a huge time for game developers, Bungie have a lot riding on Destiny, especially given its reported $500 million launch costs. Although pre-order numbers are already very healthy, with the game predicted to sell 10-15 million copies. Most major retailers, including Amazon, GAME (exclusives available) and Tesco allow you to pre order the game now.
A big part of what's got gamers so excited about Destiny is the “shared world” concept. Bringing in elements of MMOs such as an incredibly in-depth character creator when you first start the game, Bungie is attempting to turn the expectations of your average FPS player on its head. Keith Stuart of The Guardian described Destiny as “Halo enhanced with the looting and character upgrade mechanics of the Borderlands series then placed into an organic online environment where MMO elements are seamlessly injected.”
On the fly match-making
Whilst Destiny will feature elements of MMO games, Bungie has been hesitant to label it as a pure MMO game. This is because unlike most other games in that genre, Destiny doesn't enable players in the game world to interact with all other players. Instead Destiny has an on the fly match-making system, much like the one found in GTA V.
When speaking to IGN recently, Bungie community manager, David Dague described the impact that he wants the game to have on players - “I hope that Destiny’s ability to surprise will be emblematic for a lot of our players. I want it to expose them to new experiences that they might not have imagined for themselves in the manner in which the game will be competitive, co-operative and social.”
A Halo best bits
Bungie have endeared themselves to gamers across the globe in the last decade thanks to its widely-acclaimed Halo series. It's a testament to the enduring popularity of the Halo series that November will see the launch of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” on Xbox One – a compilation featuring all the games from the Halo series including Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. All the games in the collection will receive graphic upgrades and will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
By setting the bar so high with the Halo series, Bungie has a lot to live up to with Destiny, and gamers will be waiting with bated breath to see if the developer is able to deliver on the massive promise that Destiny has shown so far.
Destiny will be released worldwide on the 9th September, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.