Bungie has published a site teasing something. Presumably this is for the reveal of Destiny, their first major project since handing over the reigns of the Halo franchise. The countdown started yesterday and features the numbers seven down to one in front of the day they represent. The daily countdown would seem to culminate on Monday, two days before Sony’s PlayStation Meeting in New York is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4.
The countdown forms a kind of collective augmented reality game, offering vague clues and encouraging cooperation to piece together evidence. It’s titled as “Alpha Lupi” which, according to Wikipedia, is the brightest star in the southern Lupus constellation. That Wiki entry talks about the etymology of the name, linking it to the Chinese translation of “Imperial Guards.” There’s plenty there for sci-fi fans to think about.
Each day that ticks by seems to offer two images. One that’s blurred and faint, with instructions urging “u.v analysis” and another that’s sparse and scattered. It urges you to work with others to find a solution, perhaps mimicking the much-rumoured multiplayer elements of Destiny? There’s also a cryptic page of “instructions” to pick through, if you’re inclined.
Destiny is a project which has been linked with the current generation of consoles but many have assumed there will be an appearance on any new machines from Sony and Microsoft too. Is a reveal this close to Sony’s own announcements a coincidence or is Bungie aiming to be a bullet point at that unveiling in New York too? That’s not unthinkable, of course, it’s entirely conceivable that they’ll end this teasing with a teaser trailer or another date or something equally ambiguous and vague – no platform necessary.