Watch: Visit Mars and Venus in Activision’s ‘Destiny’

Activision Blizzard is providing a closer look at the various planets that serve as locations in its upcoming game “Destiny,” the high-profile follow up to “Halo” from that franchise’s creators Bungie Studios.

In “Destiny,” out Sept 9., players are cast as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who explore the ancient ruins of the solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus in order to reclaim lost colonies that were taken over by aliens.

The game is considered one of the biggest launches for a new videogame in years, with Activision committing more than $500 million in production and marketing to turn the sci-fi title into the next billion-dollar franchise for the company, behind “Call of Duty” and “Skylanders.”

In the trailer above, Venus is revealed as a location in the game, “an old site of great discovery turned to ruins by the Darkness,” Activision said.

And in the first planetary trailer, Mars is shown (watch below), which once housed a massive metropolis, no now buried beneath the red dunes.

Activision concluded a beta test of the game last month on the PlayStation 4 and PS3, during which 4.6 million people sampled the characters, settings and action from July 17-July 29.

“This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what’s to come.”

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