Despite a rough patch of early marketing, in which Bungie’s upcoming sci-fi shooter accidentally created a new meme, the well-received alpha and beta tests for Destiny have console gamers eagerly awaiting the game’s September 9 release. Following the worrisome news that the game might eat up to 40 GBs of hard drive space, Activision and Bungie are in full-on marketing mode for the launch. In addition to the Planet View app reveal and the increased number of TV spots, the team also released a live-action trailer that fits right in with the tone of Michael Bay-esque summer blockbusters.
The new Become Legend trailer, which was teased on Twitter yesterday, is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy) and features over two minutes of alien-killing action with Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song playing in the background. Unlike a lot of the game’s previous press, the new trailer embraces the fun of alien-hunting and offers a lot of one-liners that might sound slightly more at home in an 80s action movie. The jokes range from the usual “I hate when she does that… ” to a classic “Look’s like we’re going to have to jump” moment.
Despite the fairly cliche dialogue and the familiar classic rock soundtrack, there’s no denying that the trailer is fun and offers some stunning visuals. Considering how bizarre a lot of the class armor is, it’s quite impressive how natural and realistic all of the characters look walking around in the real world. The world of Destiny is definitely interesting and full of lore that could hold an audience’s attention span and we’d love to see a longer story in this live-action style, similar to Halo’s ventures into televised storytelling.
With many of Fall 2014’s most highly-anticipated games getting delayed, Destiny is not only one of the most exciting releases of this September, but also of the end of the year. If the game’s MMO characteristics and competitive multiplayer environment are engaging enough to suck players in this fall, the game should become a strong contender for game of the year.
Although PC gamers will be left out of the fun at launch, console gamers will have the option to buy-in to the PlayStation exclusive content or play on a Microsoft console and wait for the timed exclusives to expire. Whatever the platform, it seems like a lot of gamers will be traveling to the moon this month.
Do you think Destiny will live up to the hype? What did you think of the live-action trailer? Let us know in the comments.
Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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