Check Out Destiny's Beautiful Skies in This Timelapse Video

Watch those clouds fly by.

The beta test for Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny ended on Sunday, and we were able to meaningfully explore and play the game during the week it was live. Although fighting the Fallen and Hive was fun and collecting loot was rewarding, many players (myself included) were struck by the art of the game.

The stylish worlds were complemented by beautiful skyboxes, which, it turns out, aren't static. YouTube user AK87Berlin walked around the accessible worlds in the Destiny beta and just sat there for several minutes. The user then compiled the footage and made a time-lapse of the skies in Destiny. You can see the billowing clouds, spinning planets, and rays of sunlight in the video above.

Destiny launches on September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Hopefully, the other environments beyond Earth will bring other interesting and beautiful landscapes and skies. But we'll have to wait for the main game to further explore the Moon, Mars, and Venus. You can check out some of our other hopes and questions for the main game here. Recently, Bungie also stated that the beta was a "tremendous success" and provided a lot of information for the developer going forward.

If you played it, what was your favorite part of the beta? Let us know in the comments!

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40 comments
nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Gee well it looks nice and all but doesn't live up the the recent "hype" I've been hearing about the skies...


The clouds don't even really morph or change, it's just various pre-determined cloud formations that stay together in a static shape as it slowly moves across the sky... much better than entirely static skies, but far from the awesomeness they seem tot think they've achieved, imo at least!

so_hai
so_hai

What a complete toss.

isshiah
isshiah

This reminds me of Rage. Beautiful, yet flat and static. 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Dang. That's pretty cool. Probably the best sky and cloud effects ever to be seen in a video game. At least it's true for what I've been exposed to. 


I really look forward to this game. I spent some time with the beta this weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Now I can't wait for the final game.

irishrizo
irishrizo

I guess you haven't played halo...Bungie always add really Good atmospheres and Epic Music... so I don't expect less from them. :)

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

I'm going to be playing this on a last gen console (Xbox 360 Requiescat In Pace last gen) and honestly...just the improved visuals almost make me want to cancel my pre-order and wait for the Xbox One to get cheaper so I can brake into a store and grab it with less consequences. Not gonna go that far though, better sky boxes aren't always a sell-point for me.

Pupchu
Pupchu

I'm probably a minority here, but after playing the beta, i found Destiny to be underwhelming.

Darknight765
Darknight765

Please get off bungie's D***. The clouds look like a bunch of flat JPEGs moving around. The lighting sells it tho.

imajinn
imajinn

The skies were amazing. I was really blown away and sat there for quite a bit when I saw the skies on the moon.

strigon04
strigon04

When I first played the beta the amazing sky box was one of the first things to pop out and show the level of care and detail Bungie has put into the world of Desiny. I think it might be the best sky box i have ever seen in a game.

themc_7
themc_7

Aurora Borealis looks very beautiful. There are many games with this level of beauty, but we never really stop to appreciate.

jackzor123
jackzor123

It's the little things that make a good game a great game... Something I feel Ubisoft doesn't understand.

qtmew
qtmew

I still have no idea why is this game not on PC... I'm not a fan of Multiplayer/Always-Online games... but the theme of this game in terms of gameplay and mechanics' presentations, all belong on PC.

Scorch_22
Scorch_22

It's the little things that can sometimes make a game shine significantly more. I'm glad Bungie knows that so well!

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Among obvious comparisons to games like Halo and Borderlands, I got strong whiffs of SWTOR, Planetside2 and even Metroid Prime in this beta.  Not a bad group to emulate and bring into a single game.


I already miss playing it.

Cronyk
Cronyk

Gorgeous. Shows the kind of love and attention Bungie puts into its games. 


The only thing that really bothered me was how you were practically punished for exploring. Went into several areas with high level mobs and was insta-killed. Breaks the immersion and just feels like a poor way to handle those areas. 


I loved the Haloish combat mixed with MMO elements. Heres hoping the beta was only a tiny piece of the Destiny pie.

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

that is very impressive, will be buying a ps4 for this

jackzor123
jackzor123

Environments make/break a game for me, if the game doesn't have an immersive world I just can't enjoy it as much. Loved the beta, can't wait for the full game.

so_hai
so_hai

@Darknight765 It's embarassing to read this crap about a supplemental part of a game that's not even out yet.

irishrizo
irishrizo

How about call of duty Flat character feel? Or flat building feel? I felt like the players have no depth it bugs the $h*t out of me. (i'dk if that's just me)

qtmew
qtmew

@jackzor123 Elephants&DLCs disagree with you!

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

@qtmew Think of it this way. MMO on consoles is something that has been a long time coming. It just so happens we didn't have to wait for flying cars and Advanced AI's before it became reality. Besides it'll be on PC next year anyways.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

@qtmew   The creator of Doom agrees with you. Too bad he didn't make Destiny though. :D

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Good eye. Good statement.

I agree that it is a PC-centric game exclusive to consoles and frankly, it's been a long time coming. I see it as console developers waking up to the possibilities more than anything else.

so_hai
so_hai

@Scorch_22 Yeah, until the technology becomes standard, then you're only left with the actual playing of the game...

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

@BravoOneActual Ah SWTOR (Star Wars The Old Republic) I remember when I was a wee babe (14) playing that game. The only reason I wanted to play it was for the dual-wield lightsabers honestly. NOTHING, is cooler than dual-wield lightsabers. (Other than double-sided ones of course.)

themc_7
themc_7

@Cronyk give it time. I'm sure these sort of kinks will be worked out in the final release. I think they put those OP, high level enemies around, because there were places they didn't really want you to go, either that or they wanted a select few to get through. idk

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@Cronyk Those ?? enemies were there for a reason, to deter you going into those area's. Either because they are meant for a higher leveled character, or because they didn't want you going in there for the beta... but didn't want to put up invisible walls. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Cronyk I like the areas with uber leveled mobs. They are 'just wait till I return!' areas. :D

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@adrunk3nduck @qtmew It really bothers me how people keep referring to this as an MMO... you don't have a large number of people on ONE game area/map/server that you can all interact on together, so it's really not an MMO in the traditional sense, even if the world is "persistent".

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

@BravoOneActual Believe it or not they have actually tried to make a MMORPG based game on consoles. Take Too Human for an example. That would have been something like Destiny to this day if Silicon Knights hadn't had a legal issue with Epic Games. They had plans for multiple sequels and everything. It had potential but just didn't live up to the hype. I don't think Destiny is gonna end up the same way though.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@LucentWolf @Cronyk  I made it through all those areas they just lead back to lower level areas they are there because of content that will be available in the main game that was not in the beta.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@LucentWolf @Cronyk I got pretty far into one of the areas. Had the idea of running and hopping about and seeing how long I could survive for. There was some freaky crashed crystal spaceship type thing with tunnels beneath and absolutly swarming with Hive!

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@The-Neon-Seal I found the same. lol I also found several other area's with ??'s. Such as a ledge going down off one of the main beta area's that had a ?? Hive Knight underground protecting a fallen ghost and I believe a chest that I could never find before he killed me. -.- lol