Destiny is an upcoming online multiplayer action role-playing first-person shooter video game in a “mythic science fiction” open world setting. It is developed by Bungie and published by Activision as part of a ten-year publishing deal. Initially, claims made by Activision’s CEO Robert A. Kotick suggested that the development budget of Destiny was around $500 million; however, it was subsequently denied by Bungie’s COO Pete Parsons, who stated in an interview that the game’s development cost is not even close to the bloated estimate. The game will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 video game consoles on September 9, 2014, with the live Beta test currently available to users until July 29, 2014.
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In April, Bungie announced that PlayStation is going to be Destiny’s lead platform, and that the beta would launch first for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, on July 17, 2014.Bungie demoed live gameplay footage of Destiny at Sony’s E3 2013 conference.
Bungie has emphasized that the universe of Destiny will be “alive”. Events may happen in-game that are not necessarily controlled or planned by the developer, which will help to create a dynamic developing experience for Bungie and a dynamic playing experience for gamers. The game’s style has been described as a first-person shooter that will incorporate massively multiplayer online game (MMO) elements, but Bungie has avoided defining Destiny as a traditional MMO game. Instead, the game has been referred to as a “shared-world shooter,” as it lacks many of the characteristics of a traditional MMO game. For instance, rather than players being able to see and interact with all other players in the game or on a particular server—as is the case in many conventional MMO games—Destiny will include on-the-fly matchmaking that will allow players to see and interact only with other players with whom they are “matched” by the game.
Destiny will incorporate a new game engine that allows global illuminations and real-time dynamic lighting to occur together. In addition, Bungie’s goal is that Destiny will natively render graphics at 1080p on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Although, it was recently confirmed by Bungie that the Destiny Beta for Xbox One will not be running at 1080p, their goal is to have that version 1080p by launch. The PS4 Destiny Beta will be running in 1080p. An innovation in Bungie’s “hopper” technology, which has been the backbone for Halo’s matchmaking system, will allow better player matchmaking in order to create a more natural experience in either cooperative or competitive multiplayer modes.
Players will be given the opportunity to create a character, choosing both a race and a class. Unlike choosing a race, choosing a class has a massive effect on how Destiny is played and on character development. Each class has its own ‘focus’, which is a special ability that can be used in co-op missions and competitive matches to turn the tides in the player’s favour. These focuses’ abilities can be offensive, defensive, or buffing (for the player’s three-man ‘fireteam’). The most effective ability of a focus is called a ‘super’, which is a skill move that a Guardian can use in battle. Each super has an upgradeable skill tree.Based on the Destiny Reveal ViDoC, it appears players will have the ability to create multiple characters of different species and classes.