With Destiny, game developer Bungie is leaving Halo behind and introducing a brand-new science fiction universe. With E3 a few weeks away, we’ll get to see the first Destiny gameplay, but first Bungie has decided to pique our interest with a live-action/CGI trailer entitled “The Law of the Jungle.” They also decided to bring in some A-list talent. The trailer is directed by Jon Favreau, and features actor Giancarlo Esposito, who was incredible on Breaking Bad and is wasted on Revolution. Of course, Favreau is also an executive producer on Revolution, so the partnership makes sense.
While we haven’t seen a whole lot about Destiny yet, what we have seen has me intrigued. For some reason I could never get into the Halo games, but Destiny has my attention. Here’s the brief blurb that accompanies the trailer:
As a Guardian of the City sets out on an epic, action-packed adventure to reclaim our Solar System, he recalls the moment when he was first taught the most important lesson of all — The Law of the Jungle.
Crafted together with the award-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain, “Law of the Jungle” gives players a taste of Destiny’s action-packed adventures through a live-action and CG interpretation of the epic game universe.
Assuming all this talk of wolves and packs isn’t some sort of covert Hangover III cross-marketing scheme, it’s likely hinting at Destiny’s strong multi-player focus. The game isn’t being called an outright MMO, but is instead described as a “shared world shooter.” So it sounds like it’ll play like a standard first-person shooter, but the world will be populated by other players and will adapt and change. This will be a break from most FPS multiplayer modes, which keep the singleplayer and multiplayer experiences separate.
Destiny is set after a golden age of humanity’s expansion through our solar system has come to a violent end, with our species only saved by the intervention of a massive, mysterious alien ship called “the Traveler.” Now the “Last City on Earth” has grown up under the shadow of the Traveler, and players will take on the role of “knights” tasked with defending mankind from encroaching enemies. I’m guessing the three gun-wielding gentlemen in the trailer — and Esposito himself — are members of the knighthood in question.
The video below has some more Destiny details. Stay tuned for more coming out of E3 early in June.