Little is known about Bungie's Destiny, but today brings new details thanks to some leaked materials that the Halo creator confirms are the real deal (via IGN). In addition to some peeks at concept art, the leak also lays out some basic facts about the game's story.
The short version: seven centuries from now, humanity is on its last legs. One city remains on Earth and an alien ship with an unknown purpose orbits the planet and keeps it safe (somehow). Until monsters appear at the edge of the solar system, that is. Humanity's "knights" are tasked with fending them off.
If you'd rather read the official synopsis, here it is:
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.
It's also noted that another part of the document refers to the orbiting alien ship as "the Traveler." Bungie is aiming high here, hoping to create something that is "fun and accessible to all" while offering the level of depth that you see in a franchise like Star Wars (which is specifically named). As studio co-founder Jason Jones describes it: "Destiny is designed for your inner seven year old. We want to make it feel like a mythic adventure."
The document goes on to say that the game is "social at its core," though there's no indication of what that means. Perhaps the game really IS an MMO, as was previously rumored. It should also be noted that a leaked logo image features both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 branding.