Bungie is hard at work on their upcoming open-world shooter Destiny, and they've done a pretty good job of keeping fans in the loop whenever the team has something cool to share. The latest is probably one of the coolest guns I can rememeber in recent FPS history: the Red Death.
Conceptualized by Bungie artists Frank Capezzuto and Tom Doyle, the "exotic" rifle is almost a relic. What does that mean? Doyle explains:
Exotics are the legendary weapons of yesterday, hand-crafted by our ancestors and left strewn about the system. Scoring one on a mission of utmost importance marks the end of one tale for this implement of destruction, and the beginning of another. Like every element of our game, this weapon of old tells a story about the world that created it.
And that's also why the artists decided to give the pulse rifle an exotic name, to go with its history. Says Doyle, "Red Death was what we wrapped the visuals and the fiction around. It really drove all of the creative decisions."
What's the gun about, now? Well, the idea here is to make the Red Death a "savage, bandit weapon," but it wasn't always so. The weapon was originally looted from a fallen Guardian, then modified, given a wicked new paint job, and even hacked for upgraded optics. You can get up close and personal too, with that bayonet attachment.
Of course all of this is still work-in-progress, but that doesn't make the Red Death any less awesome. Almost reminds me of the older COG Lancer rifles from Gears of War, before chainsaw bayonets were implemented.
The devs will be revealing more details over time, from guns to the world of Destiny.