New era for Bungie: First glimpse of Destiny, the next big thing from Halo’s creator

It would be hard for Bungie to top the success that Halo brought to the Bellevue-based video game company, but a new first-person shooter could have the ingredients to do just that.

Bungie finally lifted the curtains on its online multiplayer game called Destiny, the first title under Bungie’s name since the company spun off from Microsoft in 2007. Our first look comes in the form of a four-minute documentary, which you can watch above.

The shooter, which will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360, lets players create customizable characters and travel to other planets after a cataclysm destroys much of Earth. As one of the few survivors, players must defend Earth and reclaim the solar system from alien invaders.

Bungie touts that “a new generation of gaming is upon us,” and there is a huge focus on social aspect of Destiny. The game combines a first-person shooter with a persistent online world where players can interact with each other and team up to complete tasks and adventures.

There is no release date set for the game, which is being published by Activision, a Bungie partner.

“Bungie defined first-person action games over a decade ago with Halo, and with Destiny they will evolve the genre once again,” Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, said in a press release. “Destiny is a world that evolves. It is a world with wide boundaries that allows you to roam and explore. It is a world where, even in story mode, you could encounter other players on their own adventures.”

Microsoft owned Bungie from 2000 to 2007, at which point it split into its own private company. Microsoft still owns rights to the Halo intellectual property.

For more info on Destiny, check out this in-depth first-look preview from Polygon.

Previously on GeekWire: Halo’s success by the numbers: 46 million games, $3 billion in revenue

  • Guest

    Congrats to Bungie on the announce! This looks like a fantastic product, a bridging of genres that will truly transform my gaming experience.

  • Leandro Fresco

    Big mistake to launch on lame duck consoles when PC gaming is surging back. At least Bungie should respect their roots (Marathon) and launch on Mac.