Destiny Gets a Whole Bunch of New Details on Focus Abilities, Races, Skills and More
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Destiny will be with us sometime next year, which seems far too woolly and far off. With that in mind, we have an insatiable thirst for more details on Bungie's sort-of MMO shooter game set in an expansive open-world. Luckily, Game Informer's January issue has a glut of new Destiny details, thanks to a 14-page feature on class customisation, Focus ablities, environments and other stuff.

Classes and Focus Abilities:

Players will be able to choose to play as Titan, Warlock and Hunter classes in Destiny, each of whom can use the same weaponry, but have armour specific to their class. To differentiate the classes further, you'll also be able to choose a 'Focus' ability each of which is made of tiered upgrades like various grenade types, traversal skills like teleportation or double jumping, weapon specialisation bonuses, and special abilities such as the Warlock's Nova Bomb.

Focus abilities include the Warlock's 'Heart of Fusion' that grants support skills, whereas the Warlock's 'Circle of Night' is more concerned with dealing extra damage. The 'Fist of Havoc' Titan Focus skill enables you to unleash an electrifying shockwave that deals shock damage to enemies over time. Sounds kinda Borderlands-esque, which is a good thing.


As we saw during our E3 demo, Destiny will take you to the dusty Old Russia, a location that's apparently inspired by the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Other locales you'll visit include Venus, its flooded cities and the heavily fortified  Vex Citadel, the Moon and its subterranean tunnels, and the red planet of Mars where a turf war between alien species is going on, presumably in a Total Recall fashion. Wait... that was mutants. You get the idea.


Destiny includes numerous races, alien species and factions, including the multi-limbed Fallen, who are a race of interstellar pirates that have visible souls (shoot them right in the soul). Then there's the Hive, an ant-like alien race who can presumably be burnt with magnifying glasses and boiling water (not really), robotic race the Vex who have power cores set into their torsos, the industrial Cabal, and finally the Exo, man-made machines who have had their memories wiped.


You'll be able to embark upon co-op Raids and Strikes in Destiny, while competitive multiplayer will enable human factions to go toe-to-toe in deathmatches, zone capture games and such. It sounds pretty damn comprehensive and rather exciting.

Destiny is out sometime in 2014, with a beta to precede the game's release.

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Comment #1 by Lou Keymia
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 07:12:43 AM
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This is going to be sweet!

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Comment #2 by Yourburntstar
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 07:12:54 AM
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I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on this game.

It looks very promising.

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Comment #3 by Zalabar22
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 07:30:13 AM
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Hopefully the Beta has some of this awesome stuff in it! I can't wait to try it out!

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Comment #4 by RyanStimo
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 07:31:18 AM
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Oh yes. This is a must buy. Just hope its not too close to Titnafalls release window.

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Comment #5 by SPARTAN 8554
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 07:34:56 AM
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Titanfall is supposed to come out January-February timeframe, and Destiny should be out May-June. I think that's plenty of time to enjoy and dominate on Titanfall before this masterpiece comes out. :)

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Comment #6 by H1N1
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 08:00:28 AM
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They already announced Titanfall's March release date.

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Comment #7 by wes coas 4 life
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 08:00:30 AM
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Titanfall-March 11
Destiny-June 30

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Comment #8 by The Grim Dealer
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 10:03:11 AM
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I wish i could be excited for this. But after the disaster Reach was, Bungie will need to earn my trust again.

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Comment #9 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 10:40:22 AM
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@8: I'm in the same boat, I've lost all faith in Bungie because of how poor the Halo games were after Halo 3 (not to start any fights now).

It looks good so far, but we'll have to wait for reviews. Once I've seen a few reviews, I can make a proper, unbiased decision.

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Comment #10 by ThePakirow
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 10:40:28 AM
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finally a good game to compete with the great almighty borderlands! love the mmo/diablo/fps style!

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Comment #11 by TMAC 93X
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 10:54:38 AM
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not interested in this game. hope all you have fun though.

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Comment #12 by YBloc Rellim
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 11:06:25 AM
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@9 halo odst was a decent game. Halo eeach was shit due to the fact that it was no longer actually bungies game but 343. Halo 4 is god damn awful because it is 343 only.
Halo hasn't truely been a bungie game since Odst and originally Odst was going to be a free add on to Halo 3 but microsoft forced it to be a full fledged game

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Comment #13 by Selfmadedude
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 11:22:41 AM
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So far this is my most anticipated title of 2014 looks awesome!

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Comment #14 by KaptainKamal
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 01:11:53 PM
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The division is (in my opinion) going to be the best Shooter-MMO because its more tactical than any other MMO, this game is going to be great too though

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Comment #15 by Cann0nSen5ei
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 01:22:33 PM
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More Destiny, More!

@7 You do realize that the release date retailers give for Destiny is just a placeholder(for now), right? June 30th is the last day of Spring, the season Destiny was announced to release in.

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Comment #16 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 01:25:47 PM
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Reach was far from a disaster IMO.

I remember hating the multiplayer first time out. Hating the change from halo 3. I played it for about 2 weeks, completing about 950G or so before rage quitting and trading it in.

About a year later I picked it up because it was cheap and figured I'd give it another go. I really took to it the second time and played for many hours. I've now managed to acquire the full 1750G for it.

Some games are like that. I don't know how long you played it for, but if you'd only tried it for a few hours, I'd recommend giving it a second chance at least. Team Swat is a lot of fun on Reach IMO (not that I've played it for a while).


Halo Reach WAS Bungie's last game. 343 took over ownership of the server and developed one of the map packs, but it was certainly Bungie's last hurrah.

People seem to have something against Bungie. I also believe that Reach was better than Halo 4.

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Comment #17 by RoboSeal1
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 02:23:42 PM
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Defiance meets Halo, i like them both and hope this game improves upon what Defiance didnt, more content and replayability

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Comment #18 by TMAC 93X
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 05:29:55 PM
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i think after halo 3 bungie wanted to move on to destiny but Microsoft wanted them to sign a new contract for more halo so they split so 343 took it over. that's why Sony platforms have exclusive content. their relationship with Microsoft is strained.

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Comment #19 by Coruba
Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 04:21:55 AM
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Still undecided, I like Halo, and I like Borderlands but mixing them together may take away the character from each, should be interesting anyway.

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Comment #20 by eskimoletdinov
Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 05:37:43 AM
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@11 interested enough to read the page.

OT: Is this an MMO?? All ive read is it is a 3 player coop.

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Comment #21 by lizard9979
Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 07:51:35 AM
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@17 = I personally think Definance was ahead of its time. Should of waited for NextGen strength to drive it.

OT: I am amazed at the level of haters (not sure why, cause the site seems to be filled with them lately) of Bungie. Bungie defined First Person Shooters for Console games. You can thank them for all the COD's, BF on Console, because none of them were doing it before Halo. Halo defined the console's Genre for FPS.

I personally cannot wait. Bungie has earned my trust, they also have made it clear in their webisodes that they are GUNG-HO about this game. The Companion modes, the website connectivity. Looks great. Have three on pre-order so me and my kiddos can play day one. Can't wait for the official release date and I will schedule some vacation time.

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