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XB360, PS3, PS4, XBOX ONE / Action RPG / Release: 2014 / ESRB: RP

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Bungie terminates Halo and Destiny composer

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Bungie terminates Halo and Destiny composer

Marty O'Donnell, the composer behind the Halo series and the upcoming Destiny, says he has been let go from Bungie. The studio itself later confirmed the termination and released a statement to wish him well.

Read more: "Today, as friends, we say goodbye" »

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April Fools: Destiny 'Get Your Ass to Mars' Collector's Edition announced

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April Fools: Destiny 'Get Your Ass to Mars' Collector's Edition announced

We've seen outrageous one-of-a-kind collector's editions before, but the studio that built Halo has plans to outdo them. The Destiny "Get Your Ass to Mars" Collector's Edition was announced today on, oh hey April 1. Strange that they chose a date known for chicanery for a perfectly truthful announcement, but oh well.

Read more: "We're always looking for exciting ways to immerse players in our fiction" »

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Destiny beta to begin this summer

Destiny beta to begin this summer

The beta for Bungie's Destiny is coming in summer, publisher Activision has announced. This narrows its previous target of early 2014, but could mean it will miss the first half of the year.

Read more: Beta access from pre-orders »

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Destiny multiplayer will be about more than 'thumb skill'

Destiny multiplayer will be about more than 'thumb skill'

Destiny may be Bungie's next big multiplayer shooter, but the developer has been trying to ensure that combat will center around more than the reflex-based twitch shooting it may be known for. Given Destiny's deep RPG roots, design lead Lars Bakken explained how other factors will come into play.

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Most Anticipated 2014: Steve's Picks

Most Anticipated 2014: Steve's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in the new year, like y'know--VIDEO GAMES. The Shacknews staff pick their most anticipated games of 2014. Next up is east coast editor Steve Watts.


Infamous: Second Son

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Cole MacGrath is dead; long live Delsin Rowe! It's not often a protagonist feels long in the tooth so quickly, but after only two Infamous games, I was glad Cole met his end. His dull-as-dishwater moody guy schtick felt more at home in a shopping mall food court, and was the one annoying distraction from the sheer fun of toying with superpowers in a city sandbox. By ditching him altogether and embracing a new hero, I'll be able to settle in enjoy the tightly responsive action the series has gained a reputation for providing. Deslin even smiles sometimes!

Read more: Steve's picks for 2014 »

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Destiny wasn't always a FPS

Destiny wasn't always a FPS

Bungie's Destiny may look a lot like Halo, especially with its first-person perspective. But that wasn't how the game started. According to technical art director Ryan Ellis, the game was actually exclusively third-person before switching back to more familiar territory.

Read more: 'First-person was the right place' »

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Destiny's enemy factions detailed

Destiny's enemy factions detailed

The Destiny universe won't be short on danger, thanks to the threat of no fewer than four races of vicious aliens. The Fallen, Cabal, Vex, and Hive will all be vying for supremacy throughout the entirety of Destiny and the game's art director recently shared some details about each race.

Read more: Destiny's enemies detailed »

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Destiny lead designer discusses multiplayer balance

Destiny lead designer discusses multiplayer balance

With a release date for Destiny now out in the wild, Bungie is starting to divulge more details about their upcoming shooter and that includes elaborating a little more on the game's competitive multiplayer. Specifically, how will Bungie address multiplayer balance when it comes to using persistent weaponry between the game's single-player campaign?

Read more: Balance challenges explained »

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Destiny to release on September 9

Destiny to release on September 9

Update: VGX 2013 trailer now included!

Bungie's Destiny has been given a release date. The studio's first game under the Activision umbrella will arrive on September 9, 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. The beta, meanwhile, has been pushed back to summer (missing its previous early 2014 window) with PS4/PS3 owners able to get the first crack at it.

Read more: 'Once in a lifetime' »

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Destiny beta will hit Sony platforms first

Destiny beta will hit Sony platforms first

Bungie chief operating officer Pete Parsons announced during tonight's PlayStation Live event that the beta for Destiny will officially hit Sony platforms first. The beta currently comes with pre-orders.

Watch: New trailer »

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Why Destiny isn't destined for PC

Why Destiny isn't destined for PC

Destiny is a cross-gen console game, but it isn't coming to PC like some of the others that are bridging the gap. Bungie says that's for good reason, since the studio isn't large enough to support too many versions and adding PC to the docket would push them past their limit.

Read more: PC would 'spread ourselves so thin that it negatively harms the other platforms' »

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Destiny gear persistent between campaign and PvP

Destiny gear persistent between campaign and PvP

Bungie has been cagey about certain aspects of Destiny, particularly in how some aspects of the multiplayer work. In a Q&A, Bungie shared a few tidbits of detail on the competitive multiplayer, grouping up, and how the game will evolve after finishing the campaign.

Read more: Competitive progress transfers, and vice-versa »

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Destiny beta coming early 2014, available with pre-orders

Destiny beta coming early 2014, available with pre-orders

Destiny is Bungie's MMO-esque take on the FPS. With deep online integration, it's clear that the game will need to be beta-tested. And this is how you'll be able to join.

Pre-ordering the game at "participating retailers" will get "early access" to the Destiny beta, which will include a "diverse sampling of major activities featured int he full game." The beta will begin in early 2014 on every platform the game has been announced on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Watch: A new trailer, of course »

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Halo and Destiny lead writer leaves Bungie

Halo and Destiny lead writer leaves Bungie

Joseph Staten, lead writer of the original Halo, Halo 2, and the upcoming Destiny, has left Bungie. He worked with the studio for 15 years.

Read more: Destiny is still 'on track' »

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PS4 receiving exclusive content from 20 third-party publishers and developers

PS4 receiving exclusive content from 20 third-party publishers and developers

The PS4 won't be short on exclusive third-party content following its launch. This year's GameStop Expo revealed that 20 third-party publishers and developers are partnering up with Sony to deliver exclusives for the new console. Some of what you can expect is Bungie offering content for Destiny, Ubisoft delivering content for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, and Bethesda offering the exclusive Elder Scrolls Online beta.

Read more: The full list »

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