IGN received confirmation from Bungie themselves that while the concept art and story details they received were actually prepared by an outside advertising agency and are not internal, they were legitimate. Shortly after the story broke Bungie posted a piece of concept art and a news item to their own site confirming the entire debacle and playing it off like the classy people they are:
Go ahead. Take a peek. It’s alright. We weren’t quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we’ve been up to. Stick around, we haven’t even started yet.
The leaked details paint a game that “aspires to be defined not just as a ground-breaking video game, but as an epic entertainment property…a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise.”
According to the documents:
“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.”
It’s a definite departure from their more gritty work with both the Halo and Marathon franchises, but the basic outline does hit all the same buttons as other successful franchises like Final Fantasy and Star Wars. Combine future tech with feudal values and you’ve got an instant hit among the younger crowd.
Some of the information points to a highly social game, which could take many different forms. Could Destiny be a full-fledged MMO? A drop-in coop adventure game? Only time (or another flash drive left behind at a coffee shop) will tell, but I’m sure excited.