Things we loved about the leaked Destiny footage

Wednesday, 18th June 2014 15:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Somebody posted a great wad of unedited Destiny footage today. We’ll shake our heads in approbation once we’re done gleefully digesting it for all possible facts.


Publishers get a bit narcy when you put up great swathes of B-roll, because they think it doesn’t look professional enough for public consumption; you’re supposed to edit it into interviews and that, with lots of context to explain what’s going on.

We’d never intentionally go against their wishes, but since somebody else has, let’s all gibber excitedly over what we learned from this three and a half minutes of glorious, glorious Destiny. The footage is so beautiful I rose from my sickbed to press my face against it, and contains plenty of content not featured in the recent alpha. Let’s get right to it.


The Vex look like robot triceratops

The Vex, according to the Destiny website, are a type of mass produced machine. Unlike the Fallen, which seem to be or have been some sort of organic creature under their techno-armour, they’re entirely robotic – think of them as the equivalent of Mass Effect’s geth. Although apparently without the charm.

In the B-roll, we see at least three kinds of Vex unit – the Harpy, Goblin and Hobgoblin. Judging by their size and the ease by which they’re taken down, I’d say the latter two are the basic grunt units, roughly equivalent to the Fallen Dreg and Vandal, or Hive Thrall and Acolyte.

The large Strike boss we see may well be a Vex unit also. They seem to come in all shapes and sizes – not just the Elder Scrolls Clannfear shape seen most often in the demo. I wonder how the Exo feel about this?


There are some beautiful environments yet to be seen

This is a bit of a no brainer, but if, like me, you’ve scoured every inch of Cosmo not guarded by ridiculously high level enemies, seeing new places and finding out they’re just as beautiful is wonderful. A fair bit of the action in the B-roll takes place on Cosmo, which you may not notice if you didn’t hang around to watch a day-night cycle, or stop to admire the view, but there are other sights on offer.

Outside of PvP – more on that later – we see a gorgeous space environment illuminated in purple. It’s likely this is a cutscene, unfortunately, as we haven’t heard anything about a space exploration mode. (That said, there is a mysterious unrevealed mode on the Destiny website – but I bet my second-best boots it’s just an explore map with PvP thrown in, or duelling.) Pretty, though.

We see several non-Earth environments. Some of them are clearly the moon, but I think we also get out first real look at Venus – it seems too lush for Mars, but Earth is undeniably hanging in the sky (probably in defiance of astronomy but shh, it looks so cool).

We also visit some sort of non-human structure, presumably built by the Vex, since they seem to be all over it. You can tell humans didn’t make it because it’s full of convenient pieces of cover. Level designers must love non-human architecture because it means they can scatter choke points and flanking positions everywhere and if anybody asks them to justify it they can just shrug and say “aliens, innit”. And more power to them.

In addition to the very clinical, hexagonal, pillared buildings we see some organic caves, apparently joining onto this Vex base. Do the Vex live underground? Interesting.

We also visit a new environment populated by the Hive – probably the moon.

One of the most intriguing environmental shots shows a dilapidated set of buildings. I think this is Earth; despite the merrily burbling river, you can see snow on the ground and I think the shuttle looms in the background. I expect this area is continuous with the Cosmo map, as it shares a few assets.

It looks like there’s a crashed alien ship of some kind amidst the human structures – probably a Hive vessel. If you explored the far reaches of Cosmo during the Alpha you may have come across a couple of Hive nests or ships, where you would have been instantly slaughtered for your pains.

Next: High-level skills, enemies and PvP.



  1. jomac3db

    Does anybody know the fee yet for online every month for this game?

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Blandock

    @jomac3db There’s no fee. You just need Xbox Live Gold/PSN Plus.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. bradk825

    @1 Wait, what?

    #3 6 months ago
  4. ddtd

    I loved the alpha gameplay, but the timer on the supers was way too long. So long, that I would forget I even had those powers.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Luciferous

    @ddtd Mine seemed to come around reasonably regularly as a Hunter, I think precision kills reduced the timer, I know during the Strike final boss it popped four times on my last run and we killed it fairly quickly.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. polygem

    i am not even kidding. i saw it. went straight to the shop and bought a ps 4 :D

    #6 6 months ago
  7. dazedonthemoon

    Seriously, you went and got it? Haha well we know you aren’t all talk, that’s for sure. My PSN is my name so add me so we can play some beta when it’s out.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. Dimaco

    @ poly: you did?! Hahaha that might turn out to be the best impulsive decision ever! :-)

    #8 6 months ago
  9. polygem

    yep, dead serious, i was on the fence for a few days now, thinking if it would be smarter to just wait and see, was even considering to get the one instead eventually…but today, i literally watched that footage, said “fuck it” and went straight to the shop :D

    #9 6 months ago
  10. polygem


    #10 6 months ago
  11. polygem

    Mine is: OhMikeOdd, will add you now :D

    #11 6 months ago
  12. Dimaco

    @polygem Very well done sir! :-)
    Btw I am also adding you guys, if you don’t mind… I’ve got the feeling it’s gonna take good coop players in order to fully enjoy the game… Psn id is Dimaco!

    #12 6 months ago
  13. Brenna Hillier

    @polygem ha ha, that’s awesome dude!

    #13 6 months ago
  14. polygem


    yeah, the alpha gameplay and these pesky articles on here ;) was just too much for me to take…no regrets though, destiny was a no brainer for me anyway, just wasn´t sure about the system. now that this is out of the way…bring that beta!

    @Dimaco&dazedonthemoon: added. nice one.

    #14 6 months ago
  15. monkChuck105

    #15 6 months ago
  16. dazedonthemoon

    Nice! Got you two added. Will be a pretty good strike team, and I agree Dimaco, the only issue I had at all with the Alpha was sometimes my fireteam would just wonder off and not help out and just die over and over. So it will be nice to have people that can get stuff done!

    #16 6 months ago
  17. Zaya

    Can’t wait for this game!!
    Hope I can buy a ps4 this month..

    #17 6 months ago
  18. Brenna Hillier

    @dazedonthemoon a good team really makes a difference, yeah. I got super frustrated with clueless randos in the Devil’s Lair. Thank goodness the PS4 now supports USB headsets so I could plug one in and quietly and politely advise them. FLANK HIM YOU UTTER MUMPTY

    #18 6 months ago
  19. dazedonthemoon

    @Brenna Hillier
    Haha yes subtlety is the key to advising teammates!

    #19 6 months ago
  20. ignoreLander

    But does it have women in it?

    #20 6 months ago

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