Activision's MMO RPG “Destiny” is set to launch in September, and the publisher has released a video to showcase some of the title’s gameplay on Sony's PlayStation 4.
The video, which was released Monday on YouTube, included some remarks from Bungie community manager, David Dague. “'Destiny' is Bungie’s next great action game,” Dague said. “It’s very much a first-person shooter, but it’s a game where you’ll cover a lot of ground.”
Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) confirmed during its earnings conference call in February that the beta for "Destiny" would launch this summer. The game is set 700 years in the future in a postapocalyptic setting following a lucrative and successful period of exploration and peace called the Golden Age. It is a universe where humans have colonized a number of livable planets in the solar system. But a disastrous event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious destruction of these colonies, leaving mankind nearly extinct. When humans attempt to repopulate and recover after the Collapse, aggressive and dangerous alien races are discovered in various towns and cities. Players will have the task of investigating and destroying the aliens before the human race is entirely wiped out.
“We believe Destiny could be Activision Publishing's third billion-dollar franchise, and we're working hard to make it the biggest new IP launch in video game history," Eric Hirshberg, President and CEO of subsidiary Activision Publishing, tweeted.
"Together, we are bringing gamers an ambitious and innovative game which combines the intensity of great first-person action, with the character investment and social connections of an RPG in an immense connected universe. We believe the game is on track to deliver record pre-orders for a new franchise, a public beta is planned for summer and we expect to launch the game on September 9.”
Gamers got their first peek at the highly anticipated game on Jan. 14, when Bungie shared several screenshots from the action RPG first-person shooter. Sony posted several images of the title to its PlayStation’s Tumblr page, including stills showing characters fighting with alien enemies in desolate, futuristic landscapes and using advanced weapons.
Activision's Hirshberg seems optimistic about continuing the franchise. Does this mean "Destiny” could become the next “Call of Duty?” The latter long-running title has recently been experiencing flagging growth and Activision is eagerly looking for its next blockbuster hit.
"We look forward to expanding this universe for years to come and you'll see much more in the months ahead,” he said.
“Destiny” was referred to in 2009’s “Halo 3: ODST,” where a sign in the game -- “Destiny Awaits” -- appeared alongside a picture of Earth, with an unknown orb floating nearby. Game features were accidentally leaked in November 2012, revealing plot ideas and concept art. Bungie followed up with the delivery of further details about “Destiny,” while expressing regret that game details were made public before expected.
The title was confirmed to be released on the PS4 and PS3 at the PS4 reveal event in February 2013. Bungie also said that both PlayStation versions would feature exclusive content. The release date of Sept. 9, 2014 was confirmed in December.
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