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Was browsing and saw this on IGN. It contains details about the original plot showcased to a few people before the game's release. I found this very interesting because it sounds much like an actual story and plot versus the nothing we have now. I copied and pasted but it is a good read. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Before we go any further, this post contains possible spoilers. If you haven't finished Destiny's main story, or any of the rumours turn out to be future storylines, reader discretion is advised.

It all starts with a mysterious, and now deleted, Reddit post. The original poster claims to have been invited by Bungie to participate in a user research program. The user notes that they were under a Non-Disclosure Agreement, but believes said agreement is now void post-release.

According to the user, the story experienced in the retail version of Destinyisn't the same story they played during 2013.

Allegedly, the original idea for Destiny was to focus around a different character, The Crow, who is introduced early on in the story in place of The Stranger. The story then takes an unexpected turn. After being abducted on Earth by Crow's group, which comprises of former, Ghost-less Guardians, the player learns that there's something wrong with one of the group's senior members, The Speaker.

What would cause The Speaker to leave The Tower and join The Crow and his band of former Guardians? Well, according the poster, The Traveller – the person responsible for stopping The Darkness – is also the cause of The Darkness. In this version, The Traveller transports The Darkness to Earth with him, bringing on the collapse of The Golden Age, infecting Earth's technology to a point where it nearly wipes out all of humankind.

Eventually, the player ends up being sent to Venus to recover a Gatekeeper's eye, which is said to hold a powerful AI. Sound familiar? It should. A mission to Mars then sees the player learn that the Cabal have been harbouring an advanced AI for their own personal gain (Rasputin?).

So that's the first few hours. The poster goes on to mention that the internal test group is sent ten hours into the story's future, which again, brings another huge plot change.

The AI points to a location on the Moon, The Hellmouth. Inside, the structure harbours a secret super weapon capable of reviving The Traveller out of his dormant stasis to, presumably, unleash havoc on Earth once more.

Interestingly, during the first video documentary, the Bungie App features a mission where the player must "Help The Crow loot the academy archive."

Over on a different Reddit thread, users have noted that several areas are missing from the retail version. The Seraphim Vault was an area found in the Alpha version via players glitching their way through the game's map. Furthermore, in the official video documentary, foliage-rich areas of Earth can be seen. Have these areas been pulled? The likely explanation, albeit unconfirmed at this point, is that these areas are intended for use in future DLCs – the first of which being The Dark Below and The House of Wolves.

Adding further to the theory of an alternate story, back in September, 2013,IGN reported that Bungie's lead writer Joseph Staten had exited the company.

“After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure buildingDestiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.”

Could Staten's leaving have affected the story? Was the original story not nearly as great as it sounds? Could the reviving of The Traveller, and the introduction of The Crow be a future DLC pack to expand the game's universe?

Everyone says this might be DLC but I'm not sure if they will actually be able to tell the story through DLC (which shouldn't even be a thing but that is another argument).


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Awesome find thanks for sharing i hope soon thru DLC's we learn more about Xur and the Nine (would be awesome if xur was the crow and the nine were the last of the infected from earth)

T12 Maxxi

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Awesome find thanks for sharing i hope soon thru DLC's we learn more about Xur and the Nine (would be awesome if xur was the crow and the nine were the last of the infected from earth)
that's deep, man. Makes a lot of sense, too.

BaM BooZeLLed

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The plot thickens.....


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Yep. Been digging and its incredibly depressing/enraging. There was apparently 3 separate tutorial missions for each race. What we are given is the Exo's origin mission instead. Also, The Traveler was suppose to be the antagonist (along with The Speaker) of the story which brought about 'The Darkness' destroying humanity. The Stranger and Crow (who is now the Queen's brother) were characters the player would team up with to stop the impending doom.

Should've known after Joe and Marty was fired, something was up and I should cancel my preorder ASAP...

What steams me the most is that the upcoming expansion packs are already on the disc (mostly).


EDIT: Added source.
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