Bungie warns of Destiny beta scams

Developer says "don't let someone exploit your enthusiasm" regarding just-announced beta for upcoming shooter.

One day after Bungie announced a beta for its upcoming multiplayer game Destiny, the company has warned of scam websites promising access to the pre-release trial period.

"Don't let someone exploit your enthusiasm," Bungie said in a Facebook update. "The only way to guarantee a Beta code is to acquire one from a participating retailer. Accept no substitutes! Bogus websites are starting to spring up."

"You might find Beta codes elsewhere on the Internet," the statement continues. "Just make sure you're dealing with a trusted source."

The beta for Destiny will begin in early 2014 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Gamers can secure access to the beta by preordering the game.

Bungie has remained mum on what the Destiny beta will offer, saying only that it will feature a "diverse sampling of major activities" from the full game.

For more on the Destiny beta, check out GameSpot's interview with Bungie community manager Eric Osborne.

Written By

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

Discussion

49 comments
Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

It's amazing that people even fall for these scams. 

idosofacility
idosofacility

PLEASE make a third person camera option for this game! the design is so awesome I want to see my character and actually play this!

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

this game can be so good .... or so bad ... 

SantosoRulez
SantosoRulez

is it just me or this game looks like Warframe ? :/

wexorian
wexorian

You have won 1 million dollar and alpha, beta access  to Bungie destiny!

Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

Not just Destiny, seen several bogus links to first beta Minecraft download, complete with a 300Mb RAR download.

hoplayletsplay
hoplayletsplay

It has now become a trend for company to warn gamers of false invitation. This will give them a popular image, or so they think... But then gamers can be pretty stupid sometimes. 

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Nexus reminds people that some people deserve to be scammed.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Uhh....didn't we just have this story like a month ago.....or was that another game?

skunkpants
skunkpants

Is Amazon.co.uk a reliable source?

Nightmist67
Nightmist67

What is so cool about Destiny is that it has something for everyone. It haws both single player and multiplayer. It has RPG and FPS. The person who thought of halo also thought of this game.

Destiny will have single player and multiplayer together instead of fighting each other.

iSolarex
iSolarex

I pre-ordered the game from gamestop a very long time ago. Like when pre orders were first available. They are supposed to send an email to everyone with a destiny beta code for pre ordering before October 1st. I haven't got mine. Have any of you got the email? 

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

if gotta say, the somewhat cheesy scifi stuff makes me smile every time. its kind of a nice change from a lot of the other games coming out which try to look as realistic as possible (not a bad thing) which unfortunately makes them a bit devoid of color

Garm31
Garm31

This game has no identity of it's own. It borrows from every sci-fi shooter or RPG from the last decade. Totally unoriginal. I mean, does it have to look like Halo and Mass Effect had a baby?

Garm31
Garm31

If your stupid enough to fall for the scam, then you deserve it.

Marky360
Marky360

LOL I didn't even know Destiny was going to have a beta until I read this article. I here pray tell that Destiny is a multiplayer only title which if true then I'm not interested in Destiny as multiplayer only is a bit of a turn off for me.

Patohua1
Patohua1

Or as Halo 3 would put it, "Giving out your email address will NOT earn you Recon!" =D You know you remember.

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

Could someone please explain to me the point of this scam?  This is not the first fake beta scam but I don't see the point.  it's not like you provide a credit card number or something.

Yatsukiii
Yatsukiii

The Destiny game is a scam itself.....

samson300
samson300

i see how video game websites are trying to hype this generic shooter. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

FPS Mass Effect, anybody?

malokevi
malokevi

I'm always baffled that there are people out there who fall for these things. Wait for something on the official game homepage, or some other official notification! Is it really that hard?

Then again, there are hundreds of thousands of people who both download and willingly install malware viruses on a daily basis... so I guess the most logical explanation is that there's a portion of the population that is borderline retarded.

And I say that in the nicest way possible.

zenstrata
zenstrata

I still say there should be a PC version for this.

tomservo51
tomservo51

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Adavanter
Adavanter

I want to like Destiny... I just haven't seen anything convincing yet.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Ever noticed how most of the shots of characters from Destiny look like Quarians??  :-/

GIF
GIF

The game looks awesome but Im not getting either of the new consoles for a while.

wookiegr
wookiegr

"Don't let someone exploit your enthusiasm," ie, Bungie warns about Bungie... or Halo 5 officially called Destiny.

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

I have no enthusiasm for this game, I will be OK thanks.

blackothh
blackothh

@hoplayletsplay Some people are always going to fall for internet scams. they would not still be happening if they did not hook unsuspecting fools.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

@Nightmist67 Unfortunately, it doesn't have something for everyone...specifically a certain population of people who are currently left out of the game as a whole.

jmoss2247
jmoss2247

@iSolarex I did the same (I pre-ordered as soon as I heard you could) and I believe the email is supposed to come out on the 5th of October, but Im not sure. My own question is if you can get the code for another console if you switch the pre-order to it (I have mine on 360, but if I end up knowing Im gonna get an Xbox One, I 'd like to have the beta for that)

Aryck1095
Aryck1095

@Garm31 In other words, Bungie looked at the best aspects of all the greatest RPGs and shooters of the last decade and is trying to combine them to create the perfect game.

Mass Effect and Halo both have their Pros and Cons; what do you get when you get rid of all the Cons and combine all the Pros into one game?

In my case, it'll probably be a game I won't stop playing until hell freezes over.

theAllez99
theAllez99

@Garm31 If you'd have a grilfriend that you truly loved and she was trying to get into gaming. You wouldn't say that.

All people doesn't got the eye for these things, that doesn't mean they deserve to get virus or something on their computer...

Marky360
Marky360

LOL I remember starring at that endlessly while waiting for a multiplayer game to start up. Ah the memories I really miss Halo 3.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

@Kerrizma The scams are way more subtle then that.  Most of these scams will get install trojans or malware onto your system.  Then it's up to whoever is running the scam for what they want to do next, whether it be hack your emails or use a keylogger to find out your credit card number the next time you buy something online.  These sites wouldn't be dangerous if they blatantly asked for your credit card numbers, then everyone would know it's a scam.  Rather they prey on the ignorant masses that don't bother to keep they're antivirus software up-to-date.

Marky360
Marky360

Wow didn't know there wasn't one. That's disappointing.

iSolarex
iSolarex

@jmoss2247 @iSolarex On Bungie.net, it says the pre order and the beta are not tied to the same console. So you can pre order on xbox one and you get to chose what console you play the beta on. 

ikbenhomer
ikbenhomer

@Marky360 I believe the reason for this is that Sony and Microsoft are paying big bucks to get it on their platforms exclusively so people including PC gamers will buy the next gen consoles. Bungie did express the desire to release it on PC but did not. Yet, I do bet they will later down the line when the whole console hype goes away.