IGN is running concept art and a story synopsis provided to them by one of their readers which purports to reveal some of the details for Bungie's next game, "Destiny." The "Halo" creators have been quiet since the release of "Halo: Reach" and entering into a partnership with Activision to publish their next game, but the details in the IGN piece may hint at what's likely the MMO the developer once talked up, then later maintained was a joke.
Based on what was provided to IGN, the story in "Destiny" will see Bungie heading back to silent, alien technology and invaders with a beef against humans--this time set 700 years in the future against the backdrop of the mysterious alien ship called "the Traveler."
Here's the largest chunk of plot detail, taken in full from the IGN piece:
Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.
The docs leaked to IGN further describe "Destiny" as "designed for your inner seven year old" and at the same time “fun and accessible to all,” hinting at the studio's intentions to make a more widely-accessible game than "Halo" in terms of demographics. The art style seems to be aiming for something a little more mature, though--a mix of Moebius with some of the modern sensibilities of "Appleseed" creator Masamune Shirow.
Bungie had the last word, though: over on B.net, the developers promised more detail in the coming days about what they've been up to with "Destiny," and provided the official still up above. IGN has a bunch more watermarked images on their site for you to check out.
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