Bungie is launching its next great gaming franchise next week with the much-anticipated release of Destiny. Well, they apparently wanted to introduce the game to the world in style, since they hired Oblivion/Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski to direct a badass live-action Destiny trailer. Here’s the official synopsis for Kosinski’s Destiny short, which you can see above:
A Fireteam heads out on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and, in the end, Become Legend. Featuring ‘Immigrant Song’ by Led Zeppelin.
Destiny is set in the distant future, after mankind had spread throughout the solar system in a Golden Age jumpstarted by a mysterious alien sphere/artifact known as “the Traveler.” Unfortunately, that Golden Age was smacked back down to Tin after enemies of the Traveler arrived to ruin everyone’s day. Players take on the role of Guardians, defenders of the last great human city on Earth, as they attempt to drive back the darkness and reclaim Earth, Mars, Venus, and beyond.
Bungie is best known for creating the insanely successful Halo franchise for Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles. After taking that series through nearly half a dozen games, they decided it was time to do something different. Thankfully not that different, however, as they’re serving up another epic science fiction storyline, this one even more ambitious than the adventures of Master Chief. Destiny allows you to create, customize, and shape the fate of your own Guardian in missions across Earth, the Moon, Mars, and Venus, and also incorporates strong multiplayer elements so you can team up with friends or strangers to help take back the solar system from a variety of unfriendly aliens.
The Halo games have a long history of excellent live-action ads that are more impressive than some full-length sci-fi movies, and it looks like Bungie is trying to continue that tradition with Destiny. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp directed a Halo short before most people had ever heard of him, and he very nearly got to direct a big-screen Halo feature film. To celebrate Destiny’s release, Bungie and Activision recruited Joseph Kosinski, the talented visual stylist behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. The result is quite a bit less somber than the Halo ads usually are, reflecting the fun-loving and adventurous spirit that seems to be at the heart of Destiny. Also, excellent choice of soundtrack, I must say.
Man, I’d really like to hot-rod around a terraformed Venus on a speeder bike.
Destiny will release next Tuesday, September 9, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.