Destiny will release worldwide on September 9, 2014, Bungie has announced. The online sci-fi shooter had previously been due to launch in spring 2014.

"We first shared the design pillars of Destiny less than one year ago," reads an update on the developer's website. "We promised to redefine what players should expect from a Bungie game. We said we wanted to change the way people play games together. We set our bar high. For us, Destiny represents a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Since then, Destiny has continued to reveal its promise. Every new build brings us closer to our original vision. With those goals in sight, we intend to use every moment from now until the release of the game to ensure that Destiny lives up to your expectations, and our own."

Similarly, the Destiny beta has been pushed back by a few months and will now launch in summer 2014. The beta had been due to go live early next year.

The beta will be available first on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

"The early support and enthusiasm for Destiny has been inspiring and humbling," adds Bungie. "We believe this is the right decision for our game, our studio, and our passionate community. Thank you for coming along with us on this adventure."