There are few games that arrive on shop shelves and console dashboards with the weight of quite so much expectation as Destiny. The game is Halo creator Bungie's first new intellectual property since Combat Evolved graced the original Xbox, and it's multi-platform to boot.
The game stays true to Bungie's DNA. It blends epic science fiction with grand visuals and fast-paced first-person-shooter action.
Players are the Guardians of the last city on Earth. In their quest to keep the remnants of humanity safe, they walk the ancient ruins of our solar system - from the red dunes of Mars to the dense jungles of Venus. Wielding epic power, they must fight humanities enemies to attempt to reclaim what was lost when man's Golden Age fell.
What may excite Bungie fans the most, however, is the promise of Destiny's multiplayer aspect. Blending aspects of MMO gaming into what the developer is calling a 'shared world shooter', the game will match players to each other on the fly. Sometimes the result will be co-operative play, sometimes it will be the opportunity to engage in the competitive multiplayer Bungie is famed for, sometimes it will give players the opportunity to visit a shared social space.
A huge array of customisation options for your character that cover both your look and your abilities will mean that no two characters will be the same, and it all comes with you through every mode.
With a persistent world that exists beyond the realms of the disc that comes in the box, however, players can expect that Destiny will always be shifting and changing around them.