In documentation leaked to IGN, Bungie's forthcoming title - codenamed Destiny - is described as "fun and accessible to all", with its game play promising to be "social at its core".
The leak was later confirmed by Bungie as material sourced from advertising agency documentation. It reveals Destiny as a space adventure which aims to "create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise."
Hit the link to see the first Destiny images.
Regarding the storyline, the document says "Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man's Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it's here for, but only that it's our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young 'knights' tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and - eventually - overcoming it."
According to a quote from Bungie co-founder Jason Jones, Destiny "is designed for your inner seven year old. We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure."
Following the leak, Bungie updated its website with a piece of concept art, accompanied by the text "go ahead. Take a peek. It's alright. We weren't quite ready, but we will be what [sic] we've really been up to."
The news follows a previous leak traced back to a demonstration for Vancouver-based online infrastructure studio Demonware. The presentation was said to detail everything "from game story, factions, art, engineering, tool chain, graphics, audio, player investment mechanisms, player progression, UI and web and mobile apps."