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Bungie's timed Xbox exclusive Destiny to scoop Sony's PS4 reveal?

Massive new project to reveal on 17th February

We have incoming, gentlemen. Bungie has slapped a go-loud date on its colossal, Activision-published Destiny project, revealed to be a timed next gen Xbox exclusive by documents circulated during the publisher's legal bust-up with former Infinity Ward staff.

That date is 17th February - three days before the expected announcement of the PlayStation 4. Coincidence? Or have Activision and Microsoft conspired to whisk the carpet out from under Sony's feet?

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"In a matter of days, we're going to give you your first glimpse into the vision and ambition that's driving the creation of our brave new world," reads a post on Bungie's site. "You can be the first to see the reveal of #Destiny right here on Feb. 17 (T-Minus 5 days)," adds a tweet on the newly created DestinyTheGame account.

What we know about Destiny mostly derives from the aforesaid Activision documents - the short version is that it's a massively multiplayer action game set on an Earth-like planet, while the long version can be read here. Bungie has, however, stepped up Ye Olde Viral Teasing dramatically in the past couple of months, accelerating a campaign that's been on the go for years.

There's a week-long Alternate Reality puzzle bubbling away over at Bungie.net - the sleuths of NeoGAF have managed to crack part of the code. Meanwhile, blogger Daniel Duncan has compiled a list of all currently available hints, clues, nudges and winks over at Misriah Solutions. It's a long but fascinating read, awash with enigma. For starters, did you know there are cars in Forza Motorsport 4 which feature the Destiny logo? And what do you make of this exercise in amateur poetry? Incidentally, how familiar are you with Geomantic symbols?

Leaked images and assets appear to relate to the game's player factions - I've posted one below. Not long now till we know for sure.

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And here's a gallery of concept artworks for you to drool over.

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