Destiny Alpha Extended, "Dangerous Experiments" Now Underway

Those in the Destiny alpha test are getting some unexpected bonus time with Bungie's new shooter.

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Update: The Destiny alpha is now closed, according to Bungie. "Thank you, Guardians of the Alpha. You have made the City stronger and safer. See all of you in the Destiny Beta," it said on Twitter after warning of the imminent closure.

Original Story: If you were disappointed that your chance to play Destiny had come to an end last night, you're in luck: Bungie has extended the alpha test for an unspecified period of time, although it warns players to continue playing "at [their] own risk."

The Destiny alpha, which was announced during E3 last week, is available exclusively on the PlayStation 4. It had been scheduled to go offline on Sunday night as Bungie prepares the upcoming beta test. But, apparently seeing the opportunity to leverage the number of people that it only has access to with a public test such as this, it's trying out some "dangerous experiments," according to its Twitter account.

After teasing that the Alpha would be extended, Bungie tweeted today, "Yup. Alpha still works. Now, we're gonna test it in expert mode. If you're still playing, pardon our dust. This is for the Beta!" It has since provided further updates on the status of the testing, including the fact that "servers will be up and down all day. This bonus time is for more rigorous Science."

One unfortunate side effect of this testing is an "expected" loss of data. "While we run tests many players will experience a loss of progress and/or a rollback to earlier versions of characters," a tweet reads. Of course, as far as we know, no progress from this alpha will carry over to the final game (or the beta, for that matter). Because of that, a loss of data is ultimately inconsequential, especially considering the original plan wasn't for gamers to still be playing today.

Bungie has not yet said when the alpha will finally come to an end, but we do know the beta will kick off on PS4 and PS3 on July 17. The beta will come to Xbox One and Xbox 360 at a later date before the final game is released on all four platforms on September 9.

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Discussion

90 comments
the_merc98
the_merc98

What I noticed you can't everything they showed in the E3 demo. Like in that demo, you can summon your Ghost and interact with it and command it to do certain actions such as flashlights. But in the Alpha, it automatically does it for you. But what really bothers me about the whole game, is the stealth mechanics. While playing as a hunter, I did my best to sneak up behind enemies and stealth kill them, depending on the lvl of the enemies they were one hit kills. But you can't perform any awesome takedown or whatever, but the main problem, is that there is no stealth. You cannot sneak up on an enemy without them noticing you. I really hope they add some stealth in the game.

coolest676
coolest676

Alpha was fun, free roam till level 8. Challenging but soloable public events can't wait for beta

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

i didn't care for what i played too much.  just shooting at things for 30 minutes at a time until they died.

T-_-K
T-_-K

BORING! next

NiteX
NiteX

I'm glad so many people enjoyed the alpha.  I've been wanting another FPS like Borderlands, but without the themes and style that Borderlands depends on.  After BL1 and 2, I  feel like I want something more serious.

merimack
merimack

I was kind of iffy about this one. After playing the alpha I think I might buy the collector's edition.

mattcake
mattcake

Yeah it was good but still had the last-gen stank on it sadly. Gunplay was tight and solid though, vehicles handled well, framerate solid, RPG elements slightly basic but happy to see them there anyway. I'm more enthused than I was before for it, although I hope there's more people per server in the end as I was alone every time there was a "public event" and had no chance on my own.

sampson3121
sampson3121

played the alpha and it's a must have for me.

Wintereich
Wintereich

Never had anything that really enticed me to buy this game, and it was really only on my radar because it's being made by Bungie. But after playing what little of the Alpha I could, I'm definitely going to be ordering this now!

dpclark
dpclark

I don't have this game...

ziggyww
ziggyww

I loved playing the Alpha, the world look amazing and I can't wait to have much more of it open to me and the PVP was brilliant at the same time looking forward to playing some more game modes.

I would love to see much more options to customize my character and more races to maybe pick, more weapon models and armour although that is a dead certainty.

I really want to keep my character though from my Alpha into the Beta and to keep that Character for when the game comes out. 

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

It doesn't have third person so no buy =(

lomar07
lomar07

I had a blast playing this game, can't wait for the beta!

mattress805
mattress805

This game wasn't high in my list till I played the beta. It's my most anticipated game if this year now. I fel like its a mix of mass effect, fallout 3 and halo. This game is already more polished than most new releases. Can't wait to play the beta in July.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

I played for about 4 hours today.  Anybody know if they are going to save our progress?

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

To me.. if a game is not on pc. It's literally not even a game in my book

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

It was only up to level 8, i made the mistake of just wandering off on the map and ended up on some hill with a bunch of mobs who's level was a question mark. So all I can say is I look forward to getting my revenge on the full game.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

30 FPS means I'll (unfortunately) have to skip this one

themc_7
themc_7

@merimack is it that good? I missed the BETA, but I'm eager to hear more about it.

d_kell411
d_kell411

@mattcake What was last gen about it, if you don't mind my asking? I had it running right next to infamous and found them both to be graphically incredible.


Also, I think the alpha was glitching when it came to seamless public events. Many times I was in the Tower, it only populated with players about half the time. This is just an alpha though.

mattress805
mattress805

Actually a good portion of the game IS third person. When you're on a vehicle it's in third person. When you're walking around in the city...it's third person....reminded me A LOY of the citadel in mass effect 1. Whic was a game I loved.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@dannydopamine8  so unless you can steal it it's not a game? Well I guess we can see from a thief's point of view however. Since a 400 dollar PC can't play games good luck with your inept outlook.

MigGui
MigGui

@dannydopamine8 your life must be really miserable then, without 3/4 of the most relevant game series...

ricku1967
ricku1967

@stage4saiyan you literally cant even tell its 30 fps. if they didnt tell you that you wouldnt have known the difference smdh

ziggyww
ziggyww

@stage4saiyan HAHA That made me chuckle. Yeah the game is 30fps but its smooth and is a solid 30 frames with next to no dips and the game itself is set to be fantastic and it looks graphically amazing for the type of game it is aiming to be.

To not play a game because despite it being a smooth experiencing just isn't as smooth as your wanted is ridicules in my view.

Enjoy you less impressive scoring or lower view games but hey you will be happy as long as its 60frames right and the rest of us will enjoy a good game for nothing more then the sake of it being a good game.

Barighm
Barighm

@stage4saiyan Sounds like the kind of person who would kick you from a group because your DPS is 1% lower than the statistical average according to Elitist Jerks. Glad you won't be playing with the rest of us.

ericjenk
ericjenk

@stage4saiyan I reacted the same way when I heard about that, but when you play the game it feels a lot better then 30 FPS. 

ricku1967
ricku1967

@themc_7 @merimack yes, its that good, you can pre-order the game on amazon to get the beta code. that way if you dont like it you can cancel the pre-order and it wont cost you a dime. But if you try it, you will buy it. its that good

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@themc_7 @merimack You didn't miss the beta. It's pre-alpha, alpha, then beta. The beta is still coming July 17th (no clue when it's coming out for Xbox).

mattcake
mattcake

@d_kell411 Well the graphics were very nice and the big map streaming was impressive, but there was zero interaction with the map. It was literally very-quickly-respawning enemies plonked onto a static world a la Crackdown. No doors, lifts, terminals, NPCs - event last gen games had more to them. I know those things are tricky with multiplayer and could create griefing issues, but the world just felt a bit boring. No big enemy hideouts? Bases? Guards? Enemy patrols/random encounters? Enemy vehicles? Just clusters of enemies in the same places all the time. The only thing I found was a few loot chests. True, the other worlds we didn't see no doubt have more to them, but it felt a bit like generic Halo-combat level grinding with a couple of teammates and the odd boss thrown in.

I don't know much about what the final game has to offer, but the alpha didn't show it. I guess I was hoping for a much more active world with more players, bigger "wars" and assaults and more set pieces but I get the feeling the last gen version will hold back these things. Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed it and played it through to the level cap in one sitting but it's got a Gamespot "8" all over it at the moment. Like I said I don't know much about what the game is supposed to have though, I didn't want spoilers :)

ricku1967
ricku1967

@mattcake @d_kell411 it was alpha...it was literally 1/1000 of the actual game we had the chance to play. and for an alpha i was very impressed with the game. made me pre-order the game right away. The beta i feel is what you are looking for and this wasnt it..it was pre-beta. 

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@dannydopamine8 @helldragonzer you know video games existed long before you could play solitaire on a PC right?, well what do you know chances are the oldest PC you've seen is a windows xp.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@helldragonzer  actually the oldest game if I remember correctly was on a Monstrous IBM super computer back in 68? when they had to still use those freakin cards with holes to input data.