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Destiny is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie, the creators of the massively successful Halo franchise, and released for Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox consoles on September 9th, 2014. The game has been described as a unique "shared-world shooter" set in an online “persistent world” that incorporate various elements of first-person shooter (FPS), massively multiplayer online (MMO) and action role-playing genres.
Bungie has described the game as a "shared-world shooter" for having combined elements from first-person shooters and massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). Players can interact with others in the persistent open world after being "matched" with the game's on-the-fly matchmaking system. To create a character, players must initially choose a race and class, each with their own special abilities and play styles.
On September 22nd, 2009, the game Halo 3:ODST was released on Xbox 360 consoles, which contained an in-game Easter egg of a sign with a picture of Earth and the words "Destiny Awaits" (shown below).
In November 2012, concept art and plot details for Destiny were leaked online. On February 17th, 2013, Bungie released a reveal trailer for the game on YouTube, accumulating over 6.09 million views and 21,500 comments in the next two years (shown below).
On May 23rd, the destinygame YouTube channel released a trailer for the game titled "The Law of the Jungle" (shown below, left). At E3 2013 in June, an official Destiny gameplay trailer was unveiled (shown below, right). The trailer was subsequently uploaded to the destinygame YouTube channel, where it gathered more than 7.4 million views and 9,100 comments over the next year.
On September 4th, 2014, the official live action trailer for the game was uploaded to the destinygame YouTube channel, garnering upwards of 7.9 million views and 6,800 comments within the first week (shown below). On September 9th, Destiny was released for PlatStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.
On December 6th, 2012, /r/DestinyTheGame was launched on Reddit for discussions about the upcoming game. In the first two years, the subreddit gained over 60,300 subscribers. On February 8th, 2013, a Destiny wiki was created on Gamepedia. On February 11th, a Facebook page for the game was launched, which received more than 1.28 million likes in the next two years. On July 19th, another Destiny wiki was created on Wikia. As of September 2014, the @DestinyTheGame Twitter feed has accumulated upwards of 364,000 followers. A directory of livestreams featuring Destiny gameplay is available on Twitch.
Within 24 hours of launch, Destiny had a user score of 6.2 out of 10 on the rating aggregation site Metacritic. Additionally, the game received over $500 million in retail sales the first day of launch.
Destiny 2 Sequel
Destiny 2 released on September 6th, 2017, for Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This sequel follows the events after the first Destiny game, taking players on a multitude of new journies and quests around the solar system.