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Bungie's Destiny confirmed for 'future console platforms'

"Stay tuned" for PC news, company COO teases

Bungie has confirmed its new online shooter Destiny will be released for "future console platforms," alongside Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Though it didn't confirm any more details, last year's leaked documents suggested that a version of the game would be released on the next-gen Xbox in autumn 2013.

A PC release, mentioned in the same docs, has not been officially announced. However Bungie COO Pete Persons told Examiner that the studio would "love to be on the PC" and to "stay tuned".

In Destiny, players take the role of a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth. Fighting mysterious alien foes both on Earth and beyond, players' key goals will be to reclaim mankind's lost territory and to become a walking legend in its universe.

Combat, it seems, will be both FPS and vehicle based. Players will be able to customize their avatar's and vehicle's appearances and characters will be class-based.

The so-called 'Shared World Shooter' will require a permanent online connection in order to power its persistent, emerging world, the studio revealed in the first Destiny previews this weekend.

"Bungie defined first-person action games over a decade ago with Halo, and with Destiny they will evolve the genre once again," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Destiny is a world that evolves. It is a world with wide boundaries that allows you to roam and explore. It is a world where, even in story mode, you could encounter other players on their own adventures.

"And of course, it is a world that brings all of this together with the visceral, heart pounding immediacy of an expertly crafted first-person action title. We are very excited to bring this ambitious, innovative and creative game to players around the world.

"Activision focuses on doing a few things, exceptionally well. And Bungie has had the same ethos," Hirshberg continued. "Together we are focusing the considerable resources, creativity and energy of both organizations to do something new, something ambitious, but most importantly, something fun."

Harold Ryan, Bungie president added: "Destiny is the game that we've been dreaming of building for years. We couldn't be more pleased about our extraordinary collaboration with Activision. We finally have the right partner, team and technology to bring the experience to millions of players worldwide.

"Destiny will draw players into a world filled with mystery, action, and adventure, but most importantly, Destiny is more than a disc in a drive, it is a living social universe filled with other players.

Analysts have predicted that Destiny's release date will fall in 2013, despite Activision refusing to commit in a recent financial meeting to a ship date this year.

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