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Yahoo News report mistakes ‘Destiny’ screenshot for a photograph of Saturn

If a recent Yahoo News report on Saturn’s largest moon seemed a little more sci-fi than it should, there’s good reason — the article used an image of the planet sourced from hit video game Destiny, rather than a photo taken in outer space.

Of course, there’s no shame in a minor slip like this, especially when it’s a case of a mainstream site attempting to report on hard science. However, the presence of a spaceship in the foreground of the picture should perhaps have rung alarm bells at some point in the publishing process.

There’s actually a decent link to Destiny in the subject matter of the article. The story relates to the moon referred to as Titan, which just so happens to be the name of one of the three character classes in the game, as noted in a report from Eurogamer.

Related: ‘Destiny’ dropping support for legacy consoles with release of ‘Rise of Iron’

Saturn is something of a sore spot for Destiny players. Despite appearing in some of the earliest footage released, it’s yet to actually be accessible in the game. This is unlikely to change in the upcoming Rise of Iron expansion, but it could well be a major locale in the fully fledged sequel that’s expected to be released next year.

The closest Destiny players have gotten to the surface of Saturn is the Hive Dreadnaught, an enormous ship that acts as the setting for one of the game’s raids. The craft lurks in the planet’s orbit — and is visible in the image used by Yahoo.

This isn’t the first time that a video game screenshot has been erroneously used in place of a real-life photograph, and it undoubtedly will not be the last. However, it’s a nice nod to Destiny in the wake of another Bungie Day, the celebration of the studio’s output that takes place annually on July 7.

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