Destiny Beta Arrives Early 2014, Called a “Massive Undertaking”
It’s starting to hit me. Bungie is back. And what they’re bringing with them is best quantified between “pants tightening” and “mind blowing.” That’s right: it’s pants blowing.
Though, some waiting is required before the world races into Bungie’s MMO-FPS hybrid, Destiny, due out sometime in 2014. But!While supplies hold out, your pre-order at a participating retailer gains you access to Destiny’s beta planned for the Spring. Bungie community honcho, Eric Osborne, labels the beta a “massive undertaking,” and I’m inclined to agree. The beta, which will be available across all platforms the game is on, encompasses way more of Destiny’s open-world than a paltry few disjointed sections.
“The Destiny beta, in many ways, is being treated like a full product launch,” said Osbrone in an interview with GameSpot. “We can’t just carve out three competitive multiplayer maps this time around. We’d only be gathering data on one facet of the overall experience – one that is the least resource intensive and most well understood by our team. Destiny demands more.”
Bungie wants to include rich, sprawling destinations in the beta for you and your friends to explore, introducing players to the core emphasis on discovering unique story elements, treasure, and engaging in “face melting action.” More importantly, Osborne wishes to stress test the game under the harshest conditions imaginable: by slamming Destiny into a wall of human interaction.
We can, and do, perform a lot of small to large-scale testing, but nothing beats a turbulent sea of gamers smashing up against our code, services, and content,“ says Osborne. "No amount of prediction or intuition can account for the delightfully random human element that will ultimately define Destiny.”
Destiny, the first title out of Bungie’s doors since 2010’s Halo: Reach, releases for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One next year, and is the first part of a proposed ten year cycle for the sci-fi franchise.
Check out this absolutely pants blowing trailer for the game called The Moon.