The Halo creators at Bungie are continuing and evolving their penchant for in-game stat tracking and account management for their upcoming new game Destiny, and the game will be launching with a mobile companion app on iOS and Android to help players interact with it all.
IGN sat down
with Bungie's Chris Gossett for a walkthrough on the features of the app, and it actually looks pretty damn useful.
One of the focuses of the companion app is to highlight your character and progression throughout the game, and really celebrate the growth of your Guardian. The app features fully-realized 3D models of each one of your characters, which will change in real time as you equip them with new weapons and armor. What’s even more interesting is that the changes you make to your character in the app are instantly reflected on your character in the actual game itself.
Given the RPG nature of Destiny, the app is there to help you keep track of all of the statistics, progression, missions, and bounties of your characters. You can thumb through your inventory, check out which vendors are currently occupying the Tower, and explore Destiny’s lore through the Grimoire. Throughout Destiny, you’ll unlock cards that delve a bit deeper into characters, locations, and events from Bungie’s universe. The Grimoire is your gateway into fully unraveling Destiny’s world and story.
The free companion app is expected to be available on the iOS app store, Google Play (in addition to the same features being accessibly by web browser) when the open beta kicks off on PlayStation 3 and 4 on July 18th, followed by Xbox One and 360 on July 24th, ahead of the game's full launch on September 9th.