Bungie Optimistic That Destiny's Launch Will Go Smoothly

"We take it super seriously and we've been planning for a long time," COO Pete Parsons says.

As Bungie looks to the release of Destiny in September, the developer said in a new interview that fans can expect a smooth launch, thanks to many months of preparation. "We have been actively preparing," Bungie COO Pete Parsons told GamesIndustry International. "We take it super seriously and we've been planning for a long time, we've been investing into it to make sure that we have the best experience possible."

Destiny is an always-online game, and Parsons did not rule out the possibility of some level of launch issues. But overall, he expects the game's release to go off largely without a hitch, thanks in part to Bungie having numerous "safeguards" in place.

"I think we have to ultimately see what happens, but we have every expectation of from moment one, having a great experience, and when things happen, whether it's with us or the Internet, we have things in place," Parsons said. "There's elegance in what we do so we have plenty of safeguards for this."

Bungie's statement of assurance comes after other high-profile games--like SimCity, Battlefield 4, and Diablo III--all faced issues at launch, some of which prevented people from playing entirely.

The Destiny alpha on PlayStation 4 wrapped up earlier this month, and a beta will be held first on PlayStation 3 and PS4 starting July 17, before coming to other platforms later. The full game launches September 9 across all platforms. There's even a possibility that PS4s sold at retail this year will come bundled with a copy of the game.

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31 comments
themc_7
themc_7

Isn't every dev optimistic about their launch? When have you ever heard a dev say, "we're super nervous and we're freaking out about the launch" (lol maybe DICE with BF4, but that wasn't their fault. I blame EA)

rcebankz
rcebankz

If only EA followed the same steps for BF4

rasterror
rasterror

Let's just hope PSN is up to snuff.

opinions2
opinions2

I want to believe this, but experience has taught me that servers can't handle day 1 loads which for games that require a connection is a bit of a bugger

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'd love to have given it a shot. Kind of makes me wish I had a PS4. Oh well, hope it's good.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

and I am buying your game day 1. There is nothing excites me more than an MMO open world space FPS RPG which didnt exist before.

starhowl
starhowl

Really doesn't matter: It's a huge flop already.

garyhove
garyhove

So what am I to expect of destiny, now reading it is an always online game is there a single player story? I am not sure what the game is offering? Anyone give me a heads up?

Hurvl
Hurvl

When they are so confident about the launch going smoothly, do you want them to succeed or fail?

Ultimate_Noob
Ultimate_Noob

It's in every interest of their business to say that they're optimistic it'll go smoothly, and for that reason alone, the ambiguity of simply "safeguards" doesn't mean a whole lot.

krayzie88
krayzie88

Man oh man I cant wait for this!! Alpha was definitely better than I expected. Can only ponder what's in store for Beta....Sighhhh

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

This game looks awesome. I do, however, feel that despite Bungie's comments about not catering to Sony over Microsoft are false. Beta first as well as exclusive content to Sony systems pretty much sums that up. I feel they are definitely sticking it to Microsoft and the people who have supported them since Halo: CE.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

I dont like always online, wish there was an offline mode also, but the game was too fun to pass

rcebankz
rcebankz

@starhowl I cant stand ignorant ppl like you that come into articles like this just to say something negative. Have you played the alpha? If you did, youd see how wrong your statement is. If you didnt, your opinion is voided.

Fatalv
Fatalv

@starhowl Not according to the masses… Regardless of your dislike of the game it seems set up to have a pretty good launch.

pezzott1
pezzott1

@garyhove There is a story and yes, its always online. even though i played the alpha, wish i could say more ... but its a bit complicated. lol


I dont think they have release all the details yet.

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

@garyhove There will be a focused story campaign for you to experience, either alone or with friends. The game is still online because of its persistent matchmaking to populate your world with others, but if you don't have to hang around with anyone else if you don't want to.

catsimboy
catsimboy

@Hurvl  I want them to succeed so I can have faith in at least one company caring enough to have enough servers to handle the launch week traffic. EA and Blizzard were too cheap and it ended up hurting the consumer.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@Hurvl Succeed, because I want to jump in and enjoy it without the wait. I still won't play Watch Dogs on PC until certain things are fixed.

hystavito
hystavito

@Ultimate_Noob Yeah, like they would say "welllll I don't know people, let's hope it works out we'll see when it launches..." :)

ricku1967
ricku1967

@FLEEBS could it be that Sony just offered them more money than MS to bring exclusive content to their system instead on MS? I see it as simply a business decision nothing more. if they really wanted to stick it to MS, as you say, they would have made the entire game a PS exclusive...like Halo was for MS. but they couldn't do that anyway since the price tag is huge and activision is evolved. i really dont think its a conspiracy towards MS..just business

unreal849
unreal849

@FLEEBS  Ehh, whatever. PS4 is the more powerful platform anyway. I would be more mad if the content was exclusive to X1, and I had to choose between better graphics and more content.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@freedom01 I despise online when it comes to dealing with people interfering or ruining my experience. At least with Destiny people will be (or are suppose to be) on your side and there is no better AI co-op play than real people. 

ricku1967
ricku1967

@rcebankz he didnt play it...the vast majority of negative comments, like his, have come from people that havent even tried it yet. mostly xbox fanboys that are mad about the exclusive content and that they didnt get to try the alpha.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@ricku1967 @FLEEBS Yeah, you could be right. It just feels like myself and others are getting stiffed. Money talks, for sure.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@unreal849 @FLEEBS Regarding you last sentence, I see what you're saying, but I'd go with content over graphics as graphical differences would be rather negligible in the long run. 


Also, PS4 may be more powerful, but it's not that much more powerful, and Bungie is saying both systems should run the game at 1080p and 30fps. And for someone like me who owns an Xbox One and is not planning on purchasing a PS4, I defnitely have reason to feel stiffed.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@wookiegr @freedom01 yeah, and if you want to do PVP all you need to do is go to a PVP enabled area like the Colosseum 

ricku1967
ricku1967

@FLEEBS @ricku1967 i understand your side..but gamers have been getting stiffed by Sony, MS and everyone for years ..the only way to not get stiffed is to buy both systems, if you can afford to do so. i have an XB1, PS3, PS4, and a gaming PC. so all the big company's can kiss my .....you know lol, they arent stiffing me :)