It seems well known internet sniffer dogs "Superannuation" have been digging up the goods once again. This time it seems that they've uncovered a huge update on Bungie's as yet unannounced franchise "Destiny", there first new game since the Halo series was passed over to 343i.
Little bits of information can add up to a lot on the internet, with Demonware (presumably) posting up a job opening for a Vancouver based senior online systems programmer. Some of you may or may not have known, Demonware handles all the online side of things for Activision's games, but also lists Bungie as one of the firm's partners on their website.
This follows on from the leaked Bungie-Activision contract that was release online a while ago, which suggests Bungie is in charge of Destiny's servers and online services.
On top of that we have Demonware mentioning that a "preference for PS3 experience" points towards a Playstation 3 SKY for the new game, which will be a big change for Bungie after many years of Xbox 360 exclusivity on Halo.
Further confirmations came in the form on an internal blog from within Demonware, which has since been stripped from Google search results. In this we found senior Demonware enployees posting about their involvement in the project, although even with it's message "If you cannot find [information contained within this post] on Google you should not talk about it to non Demonware employees." It didn't take long for things to start leaking.
Later blog posts went on to detail various presentations about the game, but none went into exclusive details, only confirming that it has been seen in a running and playable state. Graphics, audio, player progression and many of the lighting elements of the game are all said to be in play.
After a presentation at the Bungie office, the blogger described his experience
"This is not a dedicated server game, but there is some simulation and coordination running in their server infrastructure. The game was up and down a lot, playing in a team of 3 we did manage to experience entering a zone to find other players already taking on the bad guys, it's cooperative so we helped out (mostly [name removed], I just died) before both groups went their separate ways. Which is a pretty cool experience, making you feel you are part of a much larger populated world.
…At the end of the day I was excited about the game, I like the feel of being in a large world with different destinations and the interactions along the way. It actually brought back a sense of exploration I recall from playing [Elite] many years ago, although there was no opportunity to shoot aliens in the face in Elite. I'm not fully sold on the appeal of being able to change the colour of a weapon, but I guess it works in China, and customization and individual identity is a big theme for the game."
With an expected release date in fall 2013 I would expect to start hearing not only more rumours, but also a more concrete announcement as Activision, Bungie and all involve begin the hype train the game approaches completion.
Source - Kotaku.com