Tired of seeing your Facebook feed inundated with online friends pouring buckets of ice water on their heads? Take 48 seconds and watch “Destiny’s” Ghost take the ice bucket challenge.
Ghost, a levitating artificial intelligence device that accompanies the game’s Guardians, gets unknowingly doused with the icy cold water in a tribute to the ALS ice-bucket challenge. The ALS ice-bucket challenge began making the rounds on the Internet earlier this month, and millions of people around the world are pouring freezing cold water on their heads to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the American baseball player of the 1920s and 30s who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The motor-neuron disease attacks the cells that control the muscles.
Meanwhile, players are counting down the days until the action role-playing title launches Sept. 9 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PS4.
Bellevue, Washington-based Bungie ran an open beta test for the game in late July. After the test closed, the studio said that more than 4.6 million players participated in the early phase, with 853,235 concurrent players and 6.5 million Guardians created. An impressive 88,384,720 games were played and more than 777,000 players used the game’s companion app.
“Destiny” takes place 700 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting after a lucrative and successful period of exploration and peace called the Golden Age. The game is set in 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 wiped out.