An unidentified reader sent the IGN crew a virtual treasure trove: plot details, concept art, and early marketing documents on Bungie's long-rumored game 'Destiny'.
According to the leaked marketing materials, Destiny won't be nearly as skewed towards older audiences as the increasingly darker Halo franchise that made Bungie a household name. In fact, in the leaked Destiny files, Bungie refers to their upcoming game as "fun and accessible to all." They're clearly also hoping to have a new franchise on their hands, with the team saying they hoped to create a universe as "deep" and "relatable" as that of Star Wars.
"Destiny is designed for your inner seven year old," says Bungie co-founder Jason Jones. "We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure."
Set approximately 700 years in the future, players will apparently wander a decimated Planet Earth that is currently under the protection/control of a massive alien spaceship. Next to nothing is known about the ship or its inhabitants at this time, though the marketing document does appear to refer to it as "the Traveler" in some sections, but the ship is expected to play a central role in the plot of Destiny. The concept art released by IGN also seems to show a wide variety of environments and locales to be visited by players, including an icy mountain fortress, dense rain forests, and the alien game-requisite trip to outer space.
Surprisingly, Bungie appears to have confirmed the leak's authenticity in a new post on the company's official blog. Though Bungie didn't offer outright confirmation that Destiny is in the works, the devs certainly didn't do much to try and get make gamers lose the metaphorical scent either. In fact, they wrapped up the post with one of the same images released by IGN.
Some will be surprised to know that Bungie's new game won't be exclusive to the Xbox 360 either, with marketing images suggesting it will head to the Playstation 3 as well, marking the studio's first non-Microsoft release since Oni for the Playstation 2. Unfortunately, like many recent triple AAA titles (Halo 4, GTA V), it looks like Destiny will be skipping the trip over to PC.
Bungie is expected to make a more substantive announcement about Destiny in the coming days/weeks, though an exact debut date is not known at this time. Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com for all of the latest news and rumors on Destiny.
Check out some of the screenshots below, or head over to IGN for the whole collection: