Destiny is a brand new IP from Bungie, the software developers that created the iconic SciFi game series Halo. It follows a Guardian, a member of a warrior caste, protecting the last bastion of humanity far in the future. The game will take you through the ruins of Earth’s empire, from the home planet, to the Moon, out to Mars, and back to Venus. It’s a game I’m really hyped up about. The gameplay isn’t very innovative, it plays like many first person shooters out there, but the real selling point for me is the universe Bungie has built. It’s solid SciFi fare.
To help promote the upcoming release of Destiny, on September 9th, they have created a full featured planet view to explore a taste of some of the locales you will be visiting. Partnered with Google, this website works much like Google street view.
It’s gotten me all kinds of excited for the release!
A little background in case you are confused by the world you are looking at. In the near future humanity discovers and enigmatic entity they call “The Traveler” on Mars, and with its help humanity goes into a golden age. Humanity spreads to the worlds of the solar system, and looks beyond.
However, The Traveler had an ancient enemy that had been hounding it for millennia, which humanity calls “The Darkness,” who catches up to the Traveler and humanity’s golden age comes to an abrupt end.
In a last minute stand, The Traveler makes a stand, sacrificing itself to save the last city of humanity. It leaves behind little bits of technology to help the surviving humans, but it’s beneficence has come to an end. Humanity is on its own. Your character is awakened by one of these pieces of technology, with the express task of helping humanity reclaim its lost golden age. Standing in your way, The Darkness is starting to return, and is bringing its allies with it.
I think it’s a cool backstory, and I really want to explore this world. I’ve spent a while looking through the planet view tool to get a sense of everything. There are videos, audio narration, and cool panoramic views to help give you a sense of everything you will be doing in Destiny.
Check it out now and see you out in the solar system! www.destinyplanetview.com