Bungie launches Destiny ARG website

Alternate reality game teases Sunday reveal.

February 11, 2013 / 09:18 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Last week, Bungie community manager David Dague said Destiny, the studio’s new IP published by Activision, would be revealed “within a matter of weeks.” This week, Bungie has launched what appears to be an ARG (alternate reality game) website for the upcoming announcement.

Visit the site and you’ll see seven-day countdown and a particle pattern you’re asked to align (click each diamond so that it separates into two). From there, I’m stumped. I was never good at these ARGs. And if you’re not either, it looks like something will happen on Sunday anyway, when the site countdown reaches its final day.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    I didn’t think “weeks” would be this soon. Good. I suck at ARGs though, so I’ll just sit back until Sunday.

    Man, new Bungie game this week, Rising and PS4 next week. February is a good, good month.

    • gulabjamal

      what does ARG mean? It was just having 8 diamonds to get into the site. Was there something more to it?

      • Solomon_Kano

        An ARG is an “alternate reality game”. It’s a more-narative focused form of a game that takes place in the real world. You’re usually given clues and a task to complete, the the clues being part of the narrative or leading to more of the narrative. Bungie’s known for using them well in their promotion of Halo.

        The diamonds are only the beginning. There’s usually more to these sorts of things and they either progress with time or based on how many people interact with them or who solves it first.

  • ShinAsura

    Been so long since they were in the news, with Halo behind them it’ll be interesting to see how far they take this

  • DarthBrian

    I love Bungie and was definitely looking forward to what’s next by them.

    Unfortunately I’ve been boycotting Activision since 2007-ish due to their crappy business practices and their CEO’s tendency to hate gamers and game developers. So I guess I won’t be getting their new game, whatever Destiny ends up being. Oh well.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Get it!! Support the Bungie!

    • Solomon_Kano

      Stick to it, then. I’m sure we won’t have to worry about Bungie being successful, so continue on with your boycott.

      You’re not boycotting to the degree of not even playing a game with Activision’s name on it though, are you? You can always get it used down the line. A good game is a good game, you needn’t miss out to protest their business practices when you can do so and play Bungie’s latest.

      If your boycott does include not playing the game, well, more power to ya, man.

      • DarthBrian

        The only Activision games I’ve played since beginning my boycott are the ones I already owned prior to that except for Diablo III which someone bought me for my birthday. I felt obligated to play that since it was a gift.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ah. Sucks as a fan of Bungie that you won’t be able to play this, then. I applaud you for standing your ground though. Even in a situation like this.

          • DarthBrian

            Well I haven’t finished Halo ODST or Reach yet so I have that to look forward to. :p

  • http://twitter.com/ChrnoX Chrno-x

    I puzzle out this ARG. When you click only on the single diamonds, the site will show you two screens: when you click on the text below the left screen, this text will show up: Our sky is filled with unseen signals. Radio-frequency emissions pulse and flit and dance all around us. Yet even a singing patch of sky can be observed, and transformed into a range of frequencies.

    Can you hear it? No, not yet. It has not yet arrived. But together we can receive its call.

    Imagine combining the observations of thousands across the globe on an object meandering through the heavens. The resulting array would be quite large. Quite powerful. This is your task.

    Alone it will not be enough. Coordination and timing is needed. Observations must be made simultaneously.

    Your window will be small. Five minutes at most. But windows may be reopened. And the distance between observer pairs will be key.

    There will always be limitations in clarity, so the results must be archived for study. Highly technical observers may be required. Detailed frequency analysis is recommended.

    Everything that belongs to us will be ours, but only if we create the capacity to receive it.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      Very nice. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrnoX Chrno-x

    On the second ARG (Tuesday) you need to change the first, second and fourth diamonds pairs into one and leave the third as it is. Another pair like maps will be revealed. Of course now we need to collate the previous and the newest maps and check what’s gonna be seen.