A leak to game site IGN provided an early glimpse of the hugely anticipated video game that Bellevue studio Bungie has been building since it split from Microsoft in 2007.
Bungie acknowledged the leak by posting a screenshot of its ambitious sci-fi action game, which is likely to formally surface next year.
Bungie created the “Halo” franchise that helped establish the Xbox and went on to generate more than $3 billion in sales. The market for action games is more competitive now but “Destiny” will be a first-tier franchise that could join the $1 billion club with “Halo” and “Call of Duty.”
IGN’s report said the game is set 700 years in the future, in a universe with a massive alien ship hovering overhead. Players are knights, defending Earth and its last city from alien monsters.
The report was based on a document prepared by Bungie’s advertising agency, which apparently left the slide deck in a Los Angeles coffee shop. IGN’s story said Bungie is working “to create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise.”
Activision is publishing the game that’s expected to run on the Xbox and PlayStation platforms.
Depending on when it’s released, it could be a cornerstone franchise for the next versions of the consoles that may arrive next year.