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According to the available contract, the first retail product based on the Destiny IP is tentatively planned for a release in Fall 2013.

No release date has been announced.

Activision held an earnings call in early 2013 that indicated they were not expecting any Destiny revenue during 2013.

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Destiny will not have crossplatform multiplayer across console platforms. It is not confirmed whether or not it will have cross-generational multiplayer between different versions of one company's console (say, whether Xbox 360 players will be able to play with Xbox 720 players).

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Bungie has announced the first title in the Destiny series for current generation consoles: the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The contract revealed earlier indicates that the game will later be made available on next generation consoles.

News sources vary on the possibility of a PC port; some said Bungie denied it, calling Destiny a "console shooter" while others say Bungie refused to confirm or deny the possibility of a later PC port.

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As part of the courtroom battle between Activision and one of the studios developing the Call of Duty series, a version of the contract between Bungie LLC and Activision was made public. According to that contract, there is a ten year deal in place where Bungie develops games based on Destiny, and Activision publishes them.

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Bungie LLC, which is the entity formed when Bungie achieved independence from Microsoft in 2007, has all ownership rights for both the intellectual property behind the new project, Destiny, as well as the Marathon franchise, which Bungie created as Bungie Software in the 1990s.

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All players in Destiny will be human. They will play as a member of a class. Three classes have been revealed so far: Hunter, Warlock, and Titan. Human players are Guardians tasked with protecting Earth's last remaining city, resting in the shadow of the Traveler, and have access to some of its powers.

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Concept art revealed by Bungie seem to show several different groups of enemy:

  • The insect-like Fallen with their humanoid shapes and insectoid eyes;
  • Space Zombies (not the official name) presumably something like Halo's Flood;
  • The Vex: time-traveling robots
  • The rhino-like Cabal

...there’s something primordial and instantly terrifying about squaring off against an unpredictable Fallen Captain, his tattered crimson cape draped over a set of four splayed and angular arms that bristle with sleek firepower.

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Destiny is apparently set 700 years in the future. Humanity, once masters of their own solar system, have been chased back onto their home planet. They might have been extinguished if not for the Traveler, a mysterious sphere that now hovers over the Earth's surface. Humanity's last city, which the player is tasked to protect as a Guardian, is directly beneath the Traveler-- and Guardians have access to some of the Traveler's mysterious powers.

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Bungie calls Destiny a "shared" first person shooter. It will require an always-on Internet connection and allow players to interact in ways that are intended to be both more pervasive and seamless than traditional online FPS or MMOFPS games.

It will not have a subscription fee and is not considered an MMO by Bungie.

Bungie employees described a style of play that might best be categorized as drop-in, drop-out coop with no lobbies or menus, similar to the Sony PlayStation 3 title Journey.

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Destiny is the name the gaming press and fan community has been using to refer to Bungie's next project. It has been referred to internally at Bungie as Tiger.

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IGN's feature looks at the newly released concept art from Bungie's Destiny.

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A quick round-up of good Destiny coverage:

IGN: A Land of Hope and Dreams, Quick FAQ.

Penny Arcade Report: Destiny is always online, social, could be the future of shooters

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Polygon has now done a follow-up on their earlier piece about Destiny. In Bungie's new game, humanity apparently aren't yet galaxy-roaming colonists, and the action seems centered on our own solar system.

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Added a new Destiny Concept Art gallery. Many, if not all, of these images were also included in the ViDoc, but these images are direct from Bungie.net and of higher quality.

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