Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions.

Question: Answer Updated
What is Destiny?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 22:39
What kind of game is Destiny?

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.

At its core, we’re building an action game – a Bungie FPS. As we play in a space we’ve always loved, we’re intentionally and gleefully bending and blurring genre lines, blending concepts, constructs, and features you wouldn’t traditionally fit into the FPS category.

--Deej, Bungie Mail Sack

Sat, 03/09/2013 - 02:19
What kind of world is the setting of Destiny?

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.

Players can expect to be able to visit many locations within the solar system and encounter several alien species who have encroached upon it. The ViDoc either mentions or shows such locations as Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Earth's moon.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:15
What aliens and enemies will we encounter in Destiny?

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.

--Urk, Bungie Mail Sack

[The Vex] are unlike any enemies I’ve fought in other games. The fiction behind them is really fascinating, which, in turn, creates one of the coolest deaths in the game.

David Candland, Senior Artist
Bungie Mail Sack

Sat, 03/09/2013 - 02:22
Who will we play as in Destiny?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:20
Who owns Destiny?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:20
Who is publishing Destiny?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:25
What platforms will Destiny be released on?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:26
Will Destiny have crossplatform multiplayer?

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).

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:26
When will Destiny be released?

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.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:27
What are the sources for this information?



PA Report


"In Search of the Heart of Bungie" by Russ Pitts

Bungie's 'Destiny' to be announced at GDC

Bungie-Activision contract

Video game series contract will be tough for Bungie, easy for Activision by Dean Takahashi

New Hints for Bungie's Next Game: Next project codenamed "Tiger."

Bungie Drops Hint at Post-Halo Game

Bungie ViDoc "O Brave New World" by Bungie

GDC: Bungie's Next Game Is An MMO (Unless they're joking)


Second Game In The Works At Bungie

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 23:29
Will Destiny Have Solo Play?


While the game may require a constant Internet connection to run, it does appear that you will have the choice to avoid online cooperative play if you wish.

You won’t be required to partner with strangers to achieve your goals in Destiny. You’ll have all the freedom you need to blaze your own trail.

--Deej, Bungie Mail Sack

You can play Destiny solo, but we believe that everything fun to do in Destiny is more fun when you’re playing with friends.
-- Pete Parsons, Bungie COO

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 01:37