Destiny Beta Ends, Bungie Says It Was a "Tremendous Success"

"We learned so much about our game and how we can make it better," developer says.

The beta for Halo creator Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny has concluded, with the studio describing the trial period as a "tremendous success." Writing on Facebook and Twitter, Bungie said part of the reason why Destiny's beta was so successful was because it allowed the developer to learn many lessons about the game in the lead-up to its full release on September 9.

"The Destiny beta was a tremendous success from where we sat overlooking the Tower," Bungie said on Facebook. "If you played, Bungie thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. We learned so much about our game, and how we can make it better."

"Bungie thanks you for playing," the studio added on Twitter. "We made some great discoveries of our own, and we'll use them to make Destiny a great game for all."

It is unclear how many people participated in the Destiny beta. Bungie community manager Eric Osborne wrote on Twitter that he was "gobsmacked by the numbers."

In addition, Bungie went on to tease that Destiny's release this September will only be the first step in could be a long journey for the game. "Your next adventure begins on September 9th when we launch Destiny. Once we do that, we intend to keep it in orbit for a very long time," Bungie wrote. "See you starside."

Destiny will be available this September for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. For more on Destiny, check out GameSpot's feature about the seven big questions that we have after playing the beta.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Iblackfalconz
Iblackfalconz

this game sucks, has a big hype only because it was announced by Sony, has no history, no content, no difficulty, no excitement, enemies few and far between ... Game totally unnecessary! One I have an Xbox and ps4 and will buy Halo: Master Chief Collection which is much more exciting and much more engrossing story, besides the most decent and challenging enemies

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001011000101101

Well let's hope it was a success and useful to them because they now have less than two months to implement eventual tweaks and fixes. Cool demo, Bungie.

nephili232
nephili232

Absolutely awesome game. Come September this is all I will be playing for a long time. I just wish they didn't have me over a barrel with all the damn dlc. It's just a subscription in disguise. Regardless, this really feels like the start of something special.

joshzen
joshzen

It was NOT a success...............to my personal life.  Thanks for giving me back my family on July 28th, Bungie.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I hope this includes making the classes less similar and actually making grouping and socializing something other than a nightmare.

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

Liked the game a lot. but i did not got into it until recently to be honest, never saw a single trailer for it. I just didn't care, went into the beta completely blind and i was pleasantly surprised, it's the best shooter i played in a while. but yeah if u want destiny for the PvP i guess there are better options out there. the coop missions and exploring with friends it's a blast tho. Plus i'm a sucker for loot based games.

Silicoln
Silicoln

Personally I'd love for them to actually introduce trading between friends, or at the very least between party members. More often then not when a couple of friends and I ventured out into the wild I would get loot drops that were better than what they were wearing/using, but I could not give it to them. It kind of sucks when I have a better sniper than a friend playing a Hunter has and I have to break it down rather than gift it.

snaketus
snaketus

PC version of the game would be tremendous success! At the moment i blame Sony for that being not in development or at least it isn't announced, because they know there are so many people who'd but this for PC instead of they could, me included and i know many others. Now they settle for PS4 version and Sony knows that and Bungie obeys, because Sony money talks in this game.

ecurl143
ecurl143

The feedback I've read regarding the beta has been quite interesting but I wouldn't say overwhelmingly positive though.

Cracks started to appear in the game pretty much straight away but some stuff just can't be fixed in time, such as bigger maps, more exploration and overall feel good vibe about the whole game.

Don't get me wrong, the game looks nice but it doesn't look absolutely incredible.

The frame rate capped at 30fps for a game of this magnitude is a bit of a cop out tbh but not a deal breaker although I'd probably bitch like crazy if the on screen action hotted up and I was experiencing all sorts of slowdown and frame thrashing - that stuff will probably still manifest itself as more levels are played - I suspect the least eye candy heavy levels were used in the beta for this very reason.

Personally, I'm steering clear of this game until the dust settles and the hype train leaves town. I'll read/watch a bunch of reviews and I will draw my own conclusions from that - much better than a day one purchase when you really don't know what you're getting.

Watch Dogs anyone?

golden1elite
golden1elite

about time PS4 owners got something to actually buy for their console.  LOL

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

Its release date is almost one month away. 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I thought the beta was awesome. I'm looking forward to the final release, and I'm going to be reserving ASAP.

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

I...Enjoyed the Beta. I was unsure about it at first, but the game is pretty solid. 

It should be very interesting to play online with my friends.


I still think Destiny is overhyped though....Just like Watch_Dogs.

Banefire76
Banefire76

It certainly was a success. It was damn good fun and it's encouraging to see games like this and "No Man's Sky" being developed that portray space exploration on various planets, it will be wonderful in the future if we can have a combination of Bungie's excellently designed shooter/loot/class mechanics with "No Man's Sky" truly "open universe" exploration....i look forward to that day but those games will come on the backs of games such as this as building blocks for developers to learn and grow.

Regarding Destiny, there are some areas for concern regarding the game's longevity. There are rumors that each planet will only have one "Map Area" to explore and frankly for a planet like Earth to only have "Old Russia" to explore and conquer is disappointing in the extreme if that turns out to be the case. And besides that just does not make any sense whatsoever. 


And the level cap at 20 also similarly seems to defeat the purpose as well of having a leveling up system included. I'm not saying that it needs to be to level 200, 500, 999 (which would DEFINITELY assure that gamers kept playing for the "years to come" that Bungie hopes this game to be played) But it does need to provide for continued progression. For example, i lost all interest in Fallout 3 as soon as i reached max level at 30.....i just lost interest and didn't finish the game. And once all classes are "maxed" out i foresee a similar problem with this game. 


The loot also seems to be limited to specific variations per weapon type and make. I foresee many people using the same armor and weapon loudouts which would seem to be contrary to what Bungie hopes in regard to gamers being individuals on the battlefield. I mean just how many were using the same auto rifle by the end of the Beta? (i think it was called cydonia v3 or something?) Ok, it might makes Bungie's job easier regarding balancing and computation on their end, but it really diminishes finding a randomized stat gun that may only be discovered statistically held by 1-2% out of the hoped for millions who will be playing. THAT would make sure of a unique experience for every gamer.


I don't see any problem regarding "bullet sponge" issues, because that is a non-issue when everything is taken into account, so i say to all those complaining about that....get real and grow up...seriously guys.


I eagerly look forward to it's release and will certainly play it to death and loving every second of it when it comes out, but if my concerns above hold to be true than i will only be playing it for a much shorter time than the "years to come" that Bungie is hoping for.


Well done Bungie, all looks good so far. It's obvious you put alot of work into it, and btw the fact that your Alpha/Beta was so stable (PS4 version) is a large slap in the face of other games released by other publishers (eg. Battlefield 4) in their supposedly "ready for release" state. 

So well done to yourselves and having us help provide proper Q&A on your title "before" release.


See you on the 9th of September ;)

loops73
loops73

For those that do not know, destiny will have an expansion pass, which include 2 expansion packs for $34.99.

mos2000
mos2000

I have to back track on an earlier post I made at the start of the open beta.  When first playing the game it felt like some aesthetically changed Halo title.  I'm not the hugest Halo fan - so I personally didn't think this was something I was buying.


After playing a little bit further, I realized that this game was more.  It was more intense and challenging.  I like the mix of land and building areas to journey and fight through.  It has the feel of Halo - but with with some welcome enhancements.  I enjoyed.


I did so much when the servers finally shut-down after I just got another bad-ass weapon to decrypt - I started kickin sh-- around the house lol.


I had a good time with the game - this will be in my catalog after all

rob19ny
rob19ny

I dont even play shooter games like that, but I did enjoy Destiny. I'm leaning toward a purchase.

RELeon
RELeon

Hopefully the beta was enough to help them figure out the connection issues. Getting connection error code Baboon and Leopard every 10 minutes was getting old. Nothing like getting to the end of Devils Lair just to get DC'ed while killing the last boss.


Also, level cap seems like it needs to be higher. Lvl 20 is pretty weak for an RPG element.

Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

The Beta was a little enjoyable, but the 30fps garbage means I will not buy.  Someone needs to tell Bungie that this is a new gen.  When you are used to 60fps+, its just plain unpleasant to play multiplayer games at such a slow framerate.  The game has a lot of style and nice art design, but nevertheless no sale.

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

LOL a lot of people comparing this game to others.
 
Just to let them all know this is not borderlands, mass effect, WOW or Halo this is Destiny and if you don't like it because its not exactly like those games then don't buy it simple.

There are plenty of other people out there that will buy it and enjoy it.

phbz
phbz

I played the Beta. Honestly I don't feel like buying the game.


But I believe it was a good move from Bungie. Personally I wasn't thinking getting the game ever and after the Beta I had my (low) expectations blown. The game is actually OK and with the increased fixtures of the full release it may even surprise me some way. 


Still all it showed was already done X times before to the point of saturation. To people who don't play that much I think this might come as a somewhat interesting game. But for those who, like me, are getting fed up with the low risk philosophy that's plaguing AAA games Bungie will have to try a bit harder... Anyway, I'm sure they will sell buckloads of it as it is. 

peterhorner1867
peterhorner1867

The hate on these boards is staggering. Do some of you people even like games? Not everyone has to love it but to say the game is terrible is just nonsense. I swear they could release a game which ejected £100 notes out the disc drive every hour and people would say it sucked.

snaketus
snaketus

Indeed. I'm thinking of cancelling my pre-order now that beta is finished. I liked it a lot, but my main issues with it are frame rate, forced use of game pad and it will come onto PC sooner or later. And the day it will I'll regret getting it for console.

snaketus
snaketus

I have bought games before this for my console. If you're saying PS4 doesn't have games, same goes for your beloved Xone.

So X b one is banned word now. Lol.

snaketus
snaketus

I have bought games before this for my console. If you're saying PS4 doesn't have games, same goes for your beloved Xbone.

brycly
brycly

@RELeon I tried to play the strike mission at level 4 vs level 8 enemies. Let me tell you, it was very, very difficult. I couldn't have beaten it without help. Each level makes a big difference. Level 20 is going to be ungodly powerful. 

mos2000
mos2000

@Mr_Ditters uhm - this is a console game. Let's be real here... a game of this magnitude depth and graphical implementation is i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e on a console right now, even the current gen.  All they would to have to scrap to get a 60 FPS max (let's remember... if I haven't said enough... it's a console...60 FPS are not constantly hit on any console game yet) would not be worth it.


This is consistent co-op/seamless multiplayer open world title with very huge maps.  If you're looking for a similar title that plays at 60 FPS you need to pick-up planet side or Just Cause 2 MP mod - for PC

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@Mr_Ditters Yeah, and I feel like the last-gen versions are a waste of development time, the shadows and resolution are so dang ugly and it's so laggy it's nearly unplayable. It's irritating and my eyes get tired of the framerate over time. I know the PS4 / XBO version is better, but only graphically; it's still 30fps, which is lame.

grin89
grin89

@Bobdog52 ive been avoiding this game because it looks like a borderlands copy, i hope im wrong though.

Pupchu
Pupchu

@peterhorner1867  I honestly found Destiny to be underwhelming. I dont understand the hype, and after trying the beta, i still dont. It's a FPS with MMO elements. Dont get me wrong, its a solid game. But, i doubt i'll run to the store just to get a copy. As a matter of fact, i doubt i'll get this game at all.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@peterhorner1867 Why settle for mediocrity when you can ask for more? We're only pointing out the flaws of this game. Hell, if they can somehow fix everything and turn Destiny into something worthwhile, some of us would actually buy it. Criticizing things is important, we can only get better products as a result.

cboye18
cboye18

@peterhorner1867 I like good games, but unfortunately I haven't played one for quite a while now and they are very lacking compared to the PS2/Gamecube generation. 

deathstream
deathstream

@peterhorner1867


Yes, because people who played the beta and aren't gushing over it aren't allowed to express their opinions.

irishrizo
irishrizo

@peterhorner1867 right? compare, it hate it.. yet spend so much talking about it.. and if hating the game isn't enought you hate on the Opposing Console.. 



flaw600
flaw600

@snaketus The locked frame rate was b/c of a) focusing on Xbox One and getting it to 1080p, and b) drops when fighting hordes of enemies - I'd rather have locked 30 FPS than rapidly changing 45-60 FPS

armasaurus
armasaurus

@brycly @RELeon You are deffinitely right about that, but seeing as we all pretty much got to level 8 in the first day, it seems way to easy to reach level 20. I do hope max level is more than 20

123whatever
123whatever

@mos2000 @Mr_Ditters the console is still new -- in a few years time they probably wouldve been able to scrape 60 out of it. look at gta5 vs cod 3. there will always be advancements in programming, more efficient algorithms, graphic engines and shading shortcuts to speed up the frame rate without loss to visuals. people are always comparing consoles to PC, you really can't... a console thats far weaker than a PC can actually be spread more efficiently over time because its a closed, single/uniform system. pcs have too many variables; optimization becomes a problem. see nvidias profiles vs amds drivers. different cards utilizing the same driver often times produce issues that not everyone has. consoles alleviate that problem. granted, hardware can only be stretched so far -- but to be fair, we've just started the marathon, lets see where this goes before we claim i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e.

armasaurus
armasaurus

@Tiwill44 @Mr_Ditters I hate the fact that you judge mainly on the graphics on the game and not the actual game itself. You won't buy because it looks ugly? That's disgusting.

sourball
sourball

@Tiwill44 @Mr_Ditters Irritating to your eyes!? So you haven't been able to play ANY console games besides CoD? Shame. It must suck when you watch TV and movies. Movies! Movies at the theater only play at 24fps! Omahgawd, your eyeballs must drop into the popcorn before the previews are even over. 

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

@armasaurus @brycly @RELeon Bungie has not actually released what the cap is going to be but if I had to guess it might be more than 20. If you had a good look at the subclass area of your Character hub you could see another empty space that looks like a THIRD subclass might be going into. Let's just wait and see..

mos2000
mos2000

@123whatever @mos2000 @Mr_Ditters in theory... or better yet on the surface, the issues you raise support your theory.  Nevertheless - the PC issues you list are not a common issue for the overwhelming majority of PC gamers and are often sparatic.

In addition the same variables work in the PC's favor (mods, user based coding, community knowledge and findings) that speed up the process of reversing these issues and making the PC performance in the long run superior.  You do not have to wait for a single developer to figure these issues out on their own - there are more intelligent "nerds" out there that will have their own user based fixes available in the blink of an eye.  Watch_Dogs is a perfect and most recent example.


With that said, that wasn't my point -  to basically say that the console will "never" reach 60FPS consistantly.  I was stating to have the expectations for a game of this scale --- this early in a console gen --- is not being realistic... because of said facts as I state again "...right now". 


At some point in time it will be possible, but not for years.  If 60 FPS is your expectations right now for a game of this scale, you need to get a PC.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@armasaurus That's only one of the reasons, not all of them. I've explained why the game itself is bad in another reply down below. 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@sourball Movies and TV have motion blur and you don't interact with them, so it doesn't even compare. You probably didn't know that, if you think CoD is the only game running at 60fps on consoles...

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

@kingtemplar @grin89 @Bobdog52 Borderlands is a shoot and loot game made for people that like to shoot things and loot things. Sure they put in a little story and had some characters that added to it, but we have already seen the full Borderlands 2 (or if you haven't than your missing out.) We have only seen glimpses of this game and cannot make a final decision yet. Making an MMO on a console (or PC for that matter) is an extreme risk for any developer, Destiny is no different, and all the signs say that this game might actually be great in my opinion.

123whatever
123whatever

@adrunk3nduck@armasaurus@brycly@RELeon  yes they have -- theyve already stated about 20 being "it" they dont want a grindy level based game, they want gear and customization to be your primary focus.. constantly trimming your skills, and adjusting them for the play type. kinda like tuning a car. i feel like the only reason they gave us levels was to allow us to take all the exploration and worlds in... if u give someone too much leeway, they speed through everything or worse, get lost and burn out. 20 will be more than enough, look how much you were able to do with 8