Bungie Hasn't Decided if Destiny Beta Progress Will Carry Forward to Main Game

"It all depends on what we learn and how things shake up," developer says.

The Destiny beta kicks off this week on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 before coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One next week, but developer Bungie has not yet decided if the progress you make in the pre-release period will carry forward to the main game.

"The beta is a test. It's extremely unknown as to what the outcome will be," Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague told Eurogamer. "So, it's certainly not a promise or an announcement that we're making at this time. It all depends on what we learn and how things shake out. So, we're certainly not telling players they can carry their progress over, but we haven't made any announcements either way."

The Destiny beta (which follows an earlier alpha for PS4 owners) begins July 17 for PS3 and PS4. The beta comes to Xbox 360 and Xbox One on July 23, before closing for good--for all platforms--on July 27. You can guarantee yourself a spot in the beta by preordering the game. Bungie is still not saying exactly what will be on offer in the beta, but it will reportedly include four story missions, four maps for competitive multiplayer, and a cooperative Strike, among other things.

Also in Eurogamer's interview, Dague pointed out that the Destiny beta is a true beta, meaning that Bungie hopes to gather meaningful feedback to improve the overall game.

"We're launching our most ambitious project ever on September 9, and we certainly don't want that to be the first time anybody gets hands on with this game," he said. "Every time someone plays a build of Destiny we learn something about what we create. We learn how it can be better. We learn how we can better support it behind the scenes."

The Destiny beta will also serve as a network test of sorts. Bungie said last month that it is optimistic that Destiny's full launch in September will go smoothly, saying at the time that the developer has been planning "for a long time" and making significant investments to ensure a good experience at launch.

Destiny is published by Activision Publishing, the company behind billion-dollar franchises like Call of Duty and Skylanders. According to Activision, Destiny could become the company's third billion-dollar series. For more on Destiny, be sure to check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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137 comments
dementedseptin
dementedseptin

If anything reset everything but reputation. Reputation does a really long time and effort to go into for, as of leveling up and getting weapons and armor you can do easily. 

Mickael
Mickael

Honestly, if it doesn't carry over, that means I'll have to do everything I have already done 6 times since I had a Warlock, a Hunter, and a Titan.   If it doesn't, I'll probably just pick one of those.  

Thaymez
Thaymez

I don't think I should carry over.  But if it does it doesn't really bother me.  Lets all enjoy this awesome game!

ringringabel
ringringabel

most mmo's i would say nay, but w/ the low level cap during alpha/beta...it doesn't really matter except for gear. if iron banner will be available right at launch, then yea that would be unfair to have some gear advantages i guess..it's hard to say. i say carry it over...but only cuz i'm greedy and i wanna use all the rare weapons i was able to unlock XD

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

it makes me sick to hear that activison is going to be making this game so they can have a 3rd game they can make money from but ill admit I like it

RevLux
RevLux

The vast majority of  BETAs do not have any portion of the data carry over for launch. So I wouldn't get my hopes up for Destiny to do any different in that regard. Since the game is capped at level 8 it's not that big of a deal as far as level progress. I can see how it might be annoying to gamers unfamiliar with BETAs who collected lots of weapons, armor, emblems, and other various items though.  

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Partial carry over is what should happen. Let us keep all our items and inventory, but wipe our progress, or let us keep our inventory but wipe all abilities we acquired after we hit level 8.

mgdavies1
mgdavies1

To be honest......level 8 would not take new users a long time to achieve...but as players have made a good effort to do so then i think carrying on to the main game should be a reward in itself.

It would show a little bit of commitment on Bungie's side

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

It be cool if they let it carry over and it wouldnt have that much impact max level is only 8. They could reset the pvp stuff just to keep that fair but the single player progress would be cool to keep.

joshnick1979
joshnick1979

Could care less if my stats carry over. Honestly think it should start over on a level playing field for those who didn't get to enjoy this awesome beta!

hehe101
hehe101

I personally think it should carry over.

reflexzz_
reflexzz_

Bunjie please dont transfer stats that would be really lame

reflexzz_
reflexzz_

Bunjie lease dont carry over beta data

autumn_shooter
autumn_shooter

Everyone's acting like ps4 beta testers are getting a huge advantage. I've been playing the beta and well there is a level cap for a reason. You can get gear higher level then yourself but most of the insane gear requires the full game. I don't understand why the need to wipe any preexisting content in the beta. It's will only cause players like myself who have worked hard for gear an annoying set back. I xbox players don't have it yet? Why would they care about what gear ps4 users have? It's not a cross platform game guys so don't argue about what console should keep their stuff if your not a part of it and it doesn't affect you. We get a head start so it's not fair? How? The whole beta if allowed to keep its gear is a head start. Those who didn't preorder the game shouldn't be allowed to complain. There were months to put down even $5 on the game at most trade in style stores. It's wouldn't be fair to us if your opinions where considered being that your never played the game. Are there bugs that I know of allowing exploitation? Yes. Does that mean they are giving me a unfair advantage? No. My gear is completely maxed out not because of this. I've seen some multiplayer matches giving away legendary gear. That's not fair to me. Legendary gear cannot be found in the open world yet. Even so I still say allow the transfer over of data.

batsu336
batsu336

Considering you cap out at level 8 and the game is not yet complete, carrying over the characters is not a big deal to me.

rey-zod
rey-zod

I've done this before during the alpha and then it was awesome this time I'm not too sure as to what to feel and if I had to do it a third time I'll probably won't play it anymore. And I pre-ordered the limited edition.

rey-zod
rey-zod

I've done this before during the alpha and then it was awesome this time I'm not too sure as to what to feel and if I had to do it a third time I'll probably won't play it anymore.

SerJohnnyMenace
SerJohnnyMenace

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homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

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kingcj84
kingcj84

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lucarioguy21
lucarioguy21

Personally carrying over Beta progress should happen,  as its an open beta to all preorders.

orbaliskbane
orbaliskbane

C'mon Bungie this shouldn't even be in question, OF COURSE you should do a beta wipe at launch...If ESO knew better not to do this.. you should to. 

redcorpus
redcorpus

I don't think carrying over progress would hurt since it is an open beta. Saves people from the repetition of typical MMO's.

zoddimmortal
zoddimmortal

Have the beta codes been emailed yet?? 

flashn00b
flashn00b

They really shouldn't. Because the PS4 beta will have a longer lifetime than Xbox One, you're pretty much giving one platform a head start in terms of progression.

jordan66651
jordan66651

EU gets to preload the beta so now I am ready for day one :D

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

It would be nice if they only cleared our level up process and let us keep the weapons/armor we find.

oflow
oflow

The tears from people that didnt preorder would never stop.  I doubt they dont do a server wipe.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

When will the beta keys be sent out?


S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

the main reason for these large scale beta tests at this point is to tweak and strain the servers and make sure all the functions are working. im not really worried about bungie and i have confidence that they will release a very good game. i hope they don't carry forward beta unlocks and progress into the game seems like an unfair advantage. my only question when it comes to transferring is will they allow people who tested the game on ps3 and xbox 360 the ability to transfer their beta tester reward onto the ps4 and xbox one. because if i am correct, they are suppose to give everyone who participated in the beta a reward when the game is released.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

I've said it before and I'll say it again now. Four days is NOT ample time to test a Beta. They're likely just testing server stress to make sure they can handle the load. It's impossible to iron out Beta bugs in such a small time frame.

zandrxi
zandrxi

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Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

@orbaliskbane I disagree. I don't believe Beta progress should be wiped. Why is there a need to wipe data when the launch will be the exact same game? It only makes since that your work carry through.

stealthd3m0n
stealthd3m0n

And all ps4 players will have an advantage so it's not fair tbh.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@Kiyosuyo  Well this is to make sure it runs well for PS4; the Xbox is just a test it out. To keep Xbox fans from crying about feeling betrayed completely.

lucarioguy21
lucarioguy21

@pezzott1 Meh I just dont wanna have to redo the progress and refind my guns/Equipment considering I plan on playing literally all day and night during the beta, and when it comes out. (btw 7/23 is when my beta starts on Xbox One) 

Ha2e
Ha2e

@stealthd3m0n PS4 players don't play with Xbox players so what advantage?

oflow
oflow

@Kinguard73 @Kiyosuyo lol. Both 'betas' are just to get people to pre-order the game and do a stress test. The game is 1080p 30fps on both systems so its pretty much the same on either.

No real beta test is 4 days long. 

pezzott1
pezzott1

@lucarioguy21 @pezzott1 I understand... its just that there are no guarantees that the gear/progress will not be modified (or even included) in the final release. 



Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

@oflow @Kinguard73 @Kiyosuyo My only wish is that it wasn't cross platform so we could've received a 60 fps game instead of having to include last gen consoles in the game. I would be happier with two separate versions so the two systems could enjoy 60fps.

oflow
oflow

@Kiyosuyo @oflow @Kinguard73 it wouldnt be 60fps even it were a PS4 exclusive. Destiny is a lot more complex than say Tomb Raider its like an MMO.