New details about Destiny, the next game from Halo creators Bungie, have only just surfaced. But it looks as if certain aspects of Destiny have been in the works at Bungie for years. The above is an image taken from Halo 3: ODST, released in 2009, that shows what appears to be the Earth and the Moon.

But check out these story details and a few of the images that were leaked yesterday and it becomes clear what we were really looking at in ODST:

Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man’s Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship [later referred to as "the Traveler"] hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for, but only that it’s our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young ‘knights’ tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and – eventually – overcoming it.

That's clearly the Traveler in that image, not the Moon. It's pretty incredible that Bungie was already planning this out years ago, likely before they'd even announced the split from Microsoft, and certainly before Halo: Reach even came out. Can you think of any other hints Bungie may have dropped in earlier games?

[via reddit]