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'Destiny' and Google Maps team up for 'Planet View'

2 September 2014, 6:00 pm EDT By Cameron Koch Tech Times
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Players may have enjoyed themselves during the Destiny beta, but that was just a small glimpse of the planets and environments gamers will be exploring come Sept 9. Better yet, you don't even have to wait that long to explore the solar system.

Created using some of the same Google technology used for Google Maps and street view, a new website called Destiny Planet View marks the first time the Google tech has been employed to map virtual worlds. Players can go ahead and begin exploring a science-fiction version of our own solar system, one where humans once colonized Mars, Venus and the Moon only to be beaten back by a mysterious darkness. You can get an idea of what the website is all about by watching the trailer below.

While players aren't able to explore every part of locations to be featured in the game, they can get a glimpse of some of the sweeping alien vistas, hostile enemies and secrets hidden throughout Destiny's cosmos. The deserts of Mars have reclaimed many of the human buildings and settlements built long ago, while Venus is a lush jungle currently occupied by a swarm of deadly, self-replicating robots.

Exploring game areas allows players to discover more information about the world of the game, gameplay tips and even a few hidden real-world and in-game incentives. 

All of this serves as an impressive promotional tie-in for what is sure to be one of the biggest video game releases in recent memory. More than 4.6 million gamers across all platforms played the beta for the 10 days it was online, with the game's beta bringing down the PlayStation Network for a time from the sheer number of people attempting to download and play the game. Destiny is also the most pre-ordered new IP in video game history, almost guarenteeing that Destiny will be the game to beat this holiday season.

Destiny releases on Sept. 9 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. 

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