Bungie announces Destiny release date, delays beta

Shared-world shooter launching worldwide September 9, 2014; beta to begin during summer 2014 first on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

Bungie's first post-Halo project, the shared-world shooter Destiny, will launch worldwide on September 9, 2014, the developer announced today. The game's official release will be preceded by a beta period that will begin in summer 2014 first on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, before coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime later.

That's a bit of a delay from the beta's previously announced "early 2014" start date. Bungie is treating the game's beta period, in some ways, like a full product launch. The only way to secure a spot in the Destiny beta is by preordering the game.

"Destiny has always represented a new beginning for our team," Bungie said. "It was born from brave possibilities. We dreamed of a renewed and independent Bungie. We found partners willing to bet big on some crazy new ideas with us."

"Every new build brings us closer to our original vision," the studio went on. "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."

Destiny is Bungie's first game with Activision from its ten-year exclusive publishing deal with the Call of Duty company. Three additional titles in the series are rumored to be in development for release every second year after Destiny's debut in 2014. For the years in between, downloadable content is believed to be in the pipeline.

Bungie COO Pete Parsons said in August that the game has the potential to surpass the impact of Halo and sit on people's shelves next to franchises like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

I will buy it once it gets good reviews. I think bungie leaving halo was a good thing for the halo franchise seeing how each new halo was the same thing over and over. They could never figure out how to introduce a new weapon or vehicle.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

They would bring it to PC but they Know Titan Project will crush it.

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

I was disappointed at first by news of the delay, but if it's needed to make the game as exciting and fun as I'm hoping for, then have at it, Bungie. Can't wait for September!

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Wait, wait, wait. When did Sony fans become Bungie fans?

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

My birthday is in August so who knows maybe PS4?

obsequies
obsequies

bungie started as a mac exclusive dev. Would be nice if they had linux and mac releases

Dannerfjord
Dannerfjord

Well, better a finished game than too early release. It looks really interesting, though i havn't quite found a console fps that i really liked yet. Always just a little disappointed. Maybe thats going to change after enough hours in Killzone Shadow fall multiplayer... 


Now all we PS4 owners have to do is wait a year to have a great game collection for it.

iagbas
iagbas

Yea "bait" everyone to make them buy ps4 for early beta access, and then delay it immediately after release of ps4.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

they lost me in the "always online" part. diablo 3 pc ftw!

quakke
quakke

I don't care about this console shooter. And no. I wouldn't care about it even if it was released on PC, because the gameplay is console.

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

No Beta in spring + no release until next fall = No buy. Sorry but I'm not waiting that long, too many awesome games in-between. I'm going to be broke by the time this is released XD

azzathedon
azzathedon

My local Game store (UK) went all out to sell pre-orders for early beta access early 2014 with an expected  full release in spring. I love my games but there is no way I would have put £5 down for something that is not coming out until next autumn!! 


They better be bringing it hard when it does drop in 2014 although I do wonder if that will be the case as they will also be releasing it onto the 360 & PS3. How next gen can a game be when it seeks cross compatibility with past gen consoles. Makes you wonder if Bungie are as innovative as they pretend to be. Was Halo franchise a 1 hit wonder for them? is it time to cash in off the name?

jessie82
jessie82

delay it all they want unless its on pc i couldnt care less

Samparksh
Samparksh

Surely getting it.Haven't been a part of any beta for quite some time now.Surely will buy it.It's coming to the the PS3,righty?

Aletunda
Aletunda

I thought this was coming to pc?

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I just want to know if you will have to pay monthly on this game. If it does, then I won't get it!  I don't pay monthly no matter what game it is!

skimad432
skimad432

What is wrong with the games industry? Literally every single Aaa game gets delayed.  Console gaming is all about waiting and has been for a while.  Watch Dogs, why did they show us 20+ video previews and then delay their game? Now Bungie with Destiny.  "We're releasing this game in spring of 2013".  No you're not.  Don't say you're going to release something at a certain time only to go back on your word.  There is so much greed and inconsistency in this industry it makes me sick.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Still a little bitter the PC version is being put on hold until they perfect the console versions, which could be years after they release the game.

Garm31
Garm31

The aim of the online only model, is to rape as much money from your wallet as possible. Plain and simple. You pay full price and a paywalled subscription and then the microtransactions and overpriced DLC comes into play. This game borrows from every scifi shooter of the last decade. It's bland and unoriginal.  

ElekTriX360
ElekTriX360

@Caleb1dunn  Yeah, I never noticed the introduction of the brute weapons or vehicles either.... not to mention the carbine, battle rifle and beam rifle. When did they do that? :P

apenlul
apenlul

@SteamyPotatoes blizzard never done a shooter before, so why will it crush destiny.. But im also curious about titan 

White0lion
White0lion

@SteamyPotatoes Dont be to sur eof that Destiny is going to be a massive major success. Everyone one has wanted it and talked about it just after seeing there first video announcing it.

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

@Biotasticmeat ...You're not going to buy the game when it comes out because it took too long for release? I'd rather the game come out later and work instead of being rushed and having another BF4 crash fest. 

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

You were probably just gonna pirate it anyway...

Lash540
Lash540

For those of you who still can't see the problem.

"Three additional titles in the series are rumored to be in development for release every second year after Destiny's debut in 2014. " - Gamespot - Eddie Makuch

White0lion
White0lion

@Jag-T1000 It not a MMO So no monthly fee. Watch the videos Bungie made for destiny. They even say no there.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Just what you pay for PSN/Xbox live probably


Darion350
Darion350

@skimad432 I'd rather them delay a game so they can complete it properly than release it sooner and have it be a buggy mess.  It shows they aren't rushing the production on the game, which is always a good thing.

shingui5
shingui5

@skimad432

Calm down bro, and understand that this can only make for a better game when it is actually released. 

As for greed, well, if you think delaying a game actually gets them more money, then you are deluded. 

Lash540
Lash540

@Tangsta03 By the time it hits PC just think, No bugs, price cuts, better graphics. Waiting it's not a problem as long as the game delivers.

feleas
feleas

@Tangsta03 look at the brightside, at least our pc version won't be glitchy as hell haha.

Lash540
Lash540

 I know what you mean Garm, if they do something like that with a bunch of micro transactions and rape your wallets with poo DLC's then yeah this game will definitely disappoint and everyone here flaming you will be the ones getting burned.

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

@Garm31 LOL, man if you dont want an MMOFPS then dont buy this. Obviously its not Halo. Me, on the other hand, have already preordered this and can not wait for this game. A less comedy based MMO dungeon crawler version of Borderlands... ya just take my money. Take it all please.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Treat this more like an mmo with multiple expansions after. Please stop spreading your pessimistic views

Fabian85
Fabian85

@ChunkyDrawers First this is a multiplayer game and you couldnt pirate it even if you wanted to, need a valid cd key for those. Second i have no love for pirates they are not a part of the pc community they are just worthless freeloaders in my eyes hurting the platform. I buy about 250 euro games and in game content every month and if you have ever seen a console plus games ad you would know that it equals to about 5 + kids on the console.

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

Yes, they have sequels as part of their contract with Activision. What's your point?

azzathedon
azzathedon

@Lash540 I get the feeling that they are just looking to pad out maybe 1 good game (eg skyrim) and make it into 3 for maximum profit. Not to mention all of the DLC / micro-transactions that they can throw at us in the interim.


This has the looks of a strong franchise, I really hope they don't f*** it up (almost like Bioware / ME3) for the sake of greed.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

@Lash540 right. it's not like we don't have games to play this year :D

Lash540
Lash540

@MattyTheButcher Pre-ordering games is a bad thing to be doing.


Never pre-order, it gives them a fiscal model of how well the game is going to sell first day and a lot of AAA's base their production times around this.

If pre-orders surpass production costs by a certain margin, they slap it together, ship it buggy, hope no one notices, slams you with day one DLC's, and never fixes the problems while still making and pushing even more DLC's.

This has become common practice now for alot of AAA's.