US game developer Bungie will release on Tuesday the world’s most expensive and eagerly awaited video game, Destiny, the Guardian reported.
The game, a sci-fi fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic world 700 years in the future, is expected to draw as many as 10 million players on the very first day, the paper said.
The anticipation and secrecy surrounding Destiny has already ensured that it is the most pre-ordered piece of entertainment software in history, the report said. When a beta demo version was released in July, a record-breaking 4.6 million people played it.
The game enables players to become “guardians”, travelling through space, either alone or with friends, with the task of investigating and destroying aliens before the human race is wiped out.
The project has cost US$500 million – more than twice the budget of the new Star Wars films, according to the report.
Music legend Paul McCartney has co-composed the soundtrack – a 50-minute orchestral suite – as well as writing a theme song for the game.
Some industry experts say Destiny could revolutionize the face of gaming in the same way that Halo, the influential franchise that put Bungie on the map, did when it was released in 1999. Halo has sold 50 million copies so far.
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