Destiny beta will be Bungie’s “biggest proving grounds” yet

Bungie says the beta will teach it everything it needs to know but won’t spoil all of Destiny.

The upcoming beta for Destiny will be bigger than any test that developer Bungie has ever opened up to players before launch.

Responding to a question from a fan about how much of the full game we’re going to see in Destiny’s beta, Bungie Community Manager David Dague said it will be enough to tell the developer what it needs to know, but not so much that it spoils the entire game. “Ever served Bungie as a beta tester? This will be the biggest proving grounds we’ve ever opened up to you before we were go for final launch.” Bungie also previously said it’s treating the beta like a full product launch in some ways.

Dague answered the question on Bungie’s weekly update, which also revealed some other details about Destiny. For example, Dague said you will not be able to recruit NPCs to join you on missions, and that while different character classes progress along different paths with unique abilities, all characters can use all weapons.

Bungie also recently said that players will be able to share as much footage as they want from the beta when it starts this summer.

For more on Destiny, make sure to catch up with our previous coverage.

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149 comments
cashincontrol
cashincontrol

they need to release this immediately, i grow so tired waiting

JustWingin_IT
JustWingin_IT

Hey Bungie, I got my preorder money waiting for you as soon as you release the PC version. You know the one that you developed on a PC for PS4 and Xbox.

lilflipp
lilflipp

No PC version? Then fak u, not getting it.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Bungie needs to create something like what Blizzard/Battlenet did with their games with new the Battlenet log-in app for the PC. In this way, it would enable Bungie to distribute all the Halo games including Destiny, available for digital purchase on the PC. I fully believe this is coming within the next year or two, maybe three. Common Bungie, get with the program

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

Im glad this halo clone is released also for playstation. 

I guess its fair, since xbox got metal gear releases now. Playstation then deserves bungies games then. 

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

did they announce it for PC yet?

if not, boo

cnx2022
cnx2022

Is this gonna be Ps3/360 ported to ps4/XBone or the other way around?

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

I'm just not as hyped as everyone else for this game. It's a sci-fi first person shooter MMO. That's cool if you'e into that genre I suppose. Though I will probably give it a go at some point.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Sadly I just don't enjoy playing first-person shooters with a controller, so it's a pass for me.

otherthani
otherthani

Maybe it's just me, but this looks like halo with better graphics. Doesn't appear to be anything new here.

zenstrata
zenstrata

If this was on PC I would be more interested.  As it is, I do not have the next gen consoles, will not be able to purchase one for a long time (probably a couple years) so I will likely end up skipping this game entirely.  Unless they release a pc version...

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Can't wait to play Destiny, I'm sure its going to be great. I remember playing the halo 3 beta, which was a blast, I think I even bought Crackdown to get in lol was well worth it. Can't remember how I got into the Reach beta that was good as well. 


Always online Halo works for me no problems, its going to be insane.You rock Bungie.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

Too bad Destiny depends of servers to play it. I hate to play it always online. So im not going to buy it. I dont know why Bungie dont do it like borderlands you can play it offline online whatever you like. Yes Bungie said that Destiny needs to be always online to update the missions and experience but i dont beleive that. There are engines that can randomly generate the missions and experience they dont need to make it always online. Too bad. Its sad that my hobby is now coming to an end.

Merseyak
Merseyak

i was really excited for destiny but realise as its coming out for the old gen well now im starting to cringe at the idea as its going to be ported from ps3/xbox 360

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Every time I play Titanfall I think how good it would be to explore those worlds rather than be forced into shooting people all the time. Destiny seems like it'll be an FPS version of Defiance, but obviously a lot better. I found myself exploring and competing in the co-op events more than the PvP, too much competitive multiplayer can turn you a bit mad imo.

jemoedr
jemoedr

Alright now i want to get my hands on a beta key :P

Vexov
Vexov

A game developed for PS3 and 360?. I wouldn't call it next-gen if all it gets is graphics and physics for Ps4 and X1. For next-gen it would really have to push things, I fear the game is probably molded for really old hardware.

ratchet200
ratchet200

Big things are expected of this game. Lets hope Bungie can deliver.

ikbenhomer
ikbenhomer

Honestly they need to explain why they are not creating a PC platform for this game. I know its been a controversy that has come and gone but seriously it still boggles me as to why they won't make a PC version. The fact they are bothering to make the game for PS3 and Xbox 360 is far more trouble than what its worth indicates to me that Bungie sold out to Sony and Microsoft. That by making Destiny exclusive to their consoles they essentially "force" PC gamers to buy copies for their consoles. This game in my opinion should be only for next gen consoles and PC. All what the PS3 and Xbox 360 are just deadweight in preventing progress to truly next gen graphics. 

bluefox755
bluefox755

I'm not big into shooters, this is the first one in a long time that's caught my eye, very interested in trying it.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Good co-op has definitely taken a back seat to PvP and is very much lacking or limited in most multiplayers nowadays. This should be interesting.

galactic88
galactic88

This is the type of game I've been wanting for years both this and The Division finally some co-op campaigns you can play through with your friends and experience online combat at the same time. Paving the way for a new genre, and at a much needed time.

NemaLive
NemaLive

I just hope it has split screen

lilflipp
lilflipp

@soulfulDAGGER I fully believe you're crazy xD. Blizzard has D3, WoW, SC, Heartstone, Heroes of the storm. All multiplayer games that, all together make for a lot of people.

Bungie has what? An upcoming Destiny that could flop. Halo? Besides who's going to pay for all those games to be ported. I'm not.

But I get what you're saying. Games should no be restricted to specific platforms, I agree. From an investors point of views, I understand the focus on consoles, easier to sell, less pirating. Still sucks because I'm not regressing for those games. I didn't get GTA5 and I won't get this either unless they show up on PC. And if they don't my money will go to something better.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@cnx2022  wait this game is coming out on 360/ps3.......    F that, im not interested anymore. I thought this was PS4/Xbone only. I dont want a crappy port with slightly higher textures held back by the limitations of the PS3/360. Even if its designed on ps4/Xbone it still has to work within the limits of the old consoles. F that crap.

xen0f0rm
xen0f0rm

@Marcusraitor  Because, it's an MMO FPS... Who the hell wants to play an MMO by themselves? 

seanwil545
seanwil545

@XNEXUS666X  

Agreed.

After years of deathmatch type gaming, I find online co-op far more appealing. I also still enjoy single-player, where I can take my time and explore areas.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@XNEXUS666X  And that right there is the problem with modern gaming.  Some want campaign and co-op, some want to shoot the #$^$%^& out of each other.  Never will the two meet.

Vexov
Vexov

@ikbenhomer  It was probably developed for Ps3 and Xbox, and just got some physics and graphics added for Ps4/X1. Which would mean those zones we can explore that large vast... are probably not really that big, creature's will be limited instead of swarming out,.. etc etc.


Well, its what worries me about the game, aside from the "become a legend" kids stuff they're trying to selling for the campaign. Not to mention the whole moon thing.... they were hiding in the moon this whole time!!.


In the least im hoping for really great multiplayer, the likes that were found in Halo 1-3. The space magic seems OP... so not sure on this mode either.


I should be in the beta, which will be really nice. The game is all going to be laid out to see before even buying it, something that is a giant miss from demo's and such. Of course, like D3, a demo doesn't show much as they pretty much use to... well D3 is a special case of really fking it up.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

@HipHotBeats

Yeah I agree, it's going to be real interesting. The random public events while exploring will be neat, and who knows what kind of savagery Bungie is going to give us for them. I have a feeling there are going to be tough enemies. And smart. I like too how teamwork will be required when attacking big boss types at the end of the planetary "dungeons", and we each get our own loot drops. There are some really cool and powerful weapons to be found and customized. Including unique Legendary Weapons.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@galactic88 it's like a Massively big Multiplayer game world that you experience Online...

d_kell411
d_kell411

@TERMINATOR-SSD @cnx2022  Destiny is developed specifically on the Playstation 4 I believe, and then ported to every other console. This will not detract from the game if you have an Xbox One or a PS4. 


Destiny is perhaps the most ambitious and hyped up next-gen game to date. I would define this a next-gen must have if it lives up to its expectations, so I'm afraid that if you're really set against it because it can allow for PS3 and Xbox 360 players to interface with it as well, then you'll be missing out.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

There are games that actually do that. In GTA 4 you can keep receiving unlimited missions when you get a a Cop car. In Skyrim i think in the brotherhood missions you can get unlimited objectives generated randomly. Animal crossing you get unlimited random generated objectives, Borderlands can generate a lot of weapon combinations you can find and that type of games dont need the servers to do that or have to be always online.I know the examples i give you are so simple, do that, kill that, etc. But with the tecnology of today. Dont you think they can put a system like that and putting a lot of objectives combinations so the game give you a lot of different missions so it doesnt feel repetitive.They can put that option for offline and offline lan coop players.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

@xen0f0rm @Marcusraitor Me. Bungie can put the Single player offline option and a offline coop option. But Bungie dont want that. They want total control. In 10 years this game is going to the trash because the servers are not longer supporting this game. 

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@seanwil545 @XNEXUS666X  I love it all - sometimes I want a simple shootout experience, be it against a (challenging enough) A.I. or players, but then sometimes I just wanna drive / run / fly around enjoying the view or exploring the details of a world.


I agree with Nexus that exploring the universe of Titanfall would be completely awesome - if only the game had a free-roam type singleplayer. I wouldn't even care if there was a real story campaign at that point, I'd take a half-assed plot with less voice acting and backstory than the sorry 4ss MP campaign currently has.

d_kell411
d_kell411

@Vexov  Actually, I'd argue it was on the PS4 first and then ported to other consoles. With the early release of the BETA and every indication towards favoritism that Bungie has given, they are leaning heavily on the PS4 platform and believe that a majority of their players are going to be coming from that console. Thus far, with sales and everything, they'd be correct.

Vexov
Vexov

@eternal_napalm  I get the feeling, regardless of what they say, that the game is going to be dumbed down for difficulty.


Im hoping we do get to do co-op missions for rewards, not just random public events that occur when out doing story.

NemaLive
NemaLive

@cboye18 @NemaLive Why? All of bungies fps games so far have had split screen...also one of the reasons halo became so popular, lets you play with your partner...i know heaps of wives that got into gaming through split screening halo and borderlands.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@d_kell411 regardless its designed on ps4 first, It still has to work within the limitations of the old consoles. It cant do anything too radical because things have to work on the older tech. COD, assassins creed etc. I thought this was a true next gen game only made the the PS4/Xbone. Something to really show next gen off. Games coming out end of the year as well something i thought 'yes leaving the old consoles alone now'.  Now im not that convinced. 

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@d_kell411 @TERMINATOR-SSD @cnx2022  damn d_kell, the game hasnt even come out and yet you are clearly a fanboy?


what a sad world we live in nowadays. People defending stuff that hasnt even been released. what a joke.