Thanks to a recent press event held at Bungie’s offices in Bellevue near Seattle, some new information regarding Destiny has come to light.
As reported by PlayStation Blog, players can partake in missions called Strikes that generally end in a climactic boss battle, or they can simply patrol expansive indoor and outdoor areas looking for side mission beacons and enemies to mop up.
The side missions seen by the press so far feature uranium collection, the interruption of mining operations, and the assassination of enemy leaders.
Regardless of play mode, other players drift in and out of your game, with matchmaking happening behind seamlessly the scenes.
Glowing portals with countdown timers lead to Public Events – large-scale fights against powerful enemies – but these can be bypassed if the player is busy.
"The variety of our sandbox is hugely expanded from what we've been able to do in the past," said community manager Eric Osborne.
"That comes with a lot of opportunities for players to really figure out how they want to play and tweak the build for their own personal play style."
As reported by VG24/7, Bungie’s Tyson Green said players will be able to transfer their saved games upward a console generation.
“We’re interested in making sure that last gen character can move to next gen,” Green said.
“A lot of people are going to buy Destiny on PS3 or Xbox 360 and then get a PS4 for Christmas. Don’t tell me I wasted those last 100 hours there.
"So we’re really interested in supporting that. Our longer-term platform plans, I couldn’t speak to right now. But we don’t want to lock people in.”
Polygon is reporting that loot and resources are used to upgrade new skills, craft new weapons, and “forge new identities” in the game.
Players may have up to three characters on their roster, and loot is tailored to a player’s build and unable to be picked up by others.
Assuming they have the appropriate tools, the player can customise "every breastplate, helmet and gauntlet," according to Osborne.
Each of the game’s three classes (Warlock, Titan, Hunter) has a unique grenade, Super ability, and skill tree, but all can use any weapon with equal skill.
Supers are magic-based attacks that are earned and recharged by picking up loot.
For example, the Hunter has an Arcblade Super that summons a powerful charged energy blade, while the Warlock throws a purple blast called Nova Bomb.
According to publisher Activision, Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus.
“Able to wield incredible power, gamers must battle humanity’s enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind’s Golden Age,” it said.
“In a story-driven universe, Destiny’s saga unfolds through grand tales and epic adventures by immersing players in a bold new universe filled with cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected.”
Those who pre-order the game through EB Games will receive an exclusive Upgraded Sparrow – an in-game, customised, red-coloured personal transport.
Destiny releases for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on September 9.