Details of Destiny, the top-secret game currently in the works by former Halo developers Bungie, have been leaked online, giving us our first glimpse at what to expect from the game and a sneak peek at some of its concept art. Scroll down to check out a gallery of images from the game's design teams.
Leaked to IGN.com, the document and images appear to have been prepared by an outside advertising agency working with Bungie.
According to the document, "Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man's Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it's here for, but only that it's our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young 'knights' tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and - eventually - overcoming it."
The document later reveals that the ship is referred to as "the Traveller".
The agency also describe the game (known to be a first person shooter) as "fun and accessible to all," aiming "to create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise," suggesting the game will be lighter in tone than that of the Halo series Bungie created.
The game is also described as "social at its core," offering "a world to explore with friends, both old and new," echoing rumours that the game may be almost MMO-like in its approach to multiplayer.
Bungie offered this statement to IGN in response to the leak:
"We're not quite ready to take the wraps off our next universe, but in light of recent events we thought we'd give fans something a little more official over at Bungie.net. Feel free to drop by and say hello! There's much more to come."
Court documents have previously suggested the game will be part of a series of four, landing in fall 2013, fall 2015, fall 2017 and fall 2019. These will be accompanied In 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 with downloadable expansions known as "Comets".
So, sounding good then we think? Do you feel the same? Let us know your thoughts on the Halo successor in the comments section below, and scroll down to check out all the leaked concept art.