Destiny's enemy factions detailed

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 16, 2013 2:00pm PST

The Destiny universe won't be short on danger, thanks to the threat of no fewer than four races of vicious aliens. The Fallen, Cabal, Vex, and Hive will all be vying for supremacy throughout the entirety of Destiny and the game's art director recently shared some details about each race.

Art director Christopher Barrett discussed some of each race's more unique qualities to Game Informer:

  • The Fallen: Destiny's version of space pirates, nomadically roaming the universe. These pirates have four arms on their bodies and rustic submarine-style mechs and vehicles.

  • The Cabal: A large militaristic empire of rhino-like beasts, wielding huge capital ships and giant tanks. Everything about these guys is big, meaning they'll try and overwhelm opponents through sheer force. "They’re gruff but they’re really ordered as well," said Barrett. "They have a hierarchical military order to them. It’s sort of that back and forth of the beasts that are really gruff and aggressive mixed with that kind of order is kind of a cool thing to play with."

  • The Vex: A mix of man and machine, the Vex are capable of creating warp gates through the universe to call in reinforcements at any time from any time. Their origins are shrouded in mystery and their architecture is confounding, making them alien in just about every conceivable way.

  • The Hive: Barrett refers to the Hive as Destiny's "space zombies," since they've kept themselves alive through unknown magical means. Their designs are inspired by a mixture of fantasy and goth and they can be recognized by their sarcophagus-style ships.

Destiny's battle for supremacy begins on September 9 when the game hits Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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