Destiny Players Will Still Find "Lots of Compelling Stuff to Do" Months After Launch

Bungie promises long-term post-launch support for Destiny that won't be limited to competitive multiplayer.

Bungie is prepared to support Destiny long-term, promising players who stick with the game for months will "still find lots of compelling stuff to do" long after launch.

Following some confusion over whether there is only a single area that players will visit per planet, Bungie community and marketing manager Eric Osborne responded to a NeoGAF thread reassuring players about Destiny's scale. "Destiny's pretty big. It's the biggest game we've ever made, by far, and we're sort of known for making games you can play for months, years, and even decades if you're a little bit...dedicated," Osborne wrote.

"With Destiny, we're looking to exceed what we've done before, not just in terms of scale--the Moon is our smallest destination--but in terms of scope and breadth of activities. That's true for day one, as you expect, but it also means we want Destiny to have super-long legs."

One way Bungie will attempt to ensure that is by introducing new content and activities post-release. "If we're fortunate enough to have you playing months after launch, you still find lots of compelling stuff to do," Osborne claimed. "That will manifest itself in a myriad of ways, from straight-up content to cool activities we've yet to show off." It's unclear if any of the new content will be released for free; we already know new story missions will be included as part of the $35 season pass announced recently.

Osborne went on to say Bungie believes it "did a decent job support Halo, post-launch," but much of the developer was "grumpy" because it could only add to the games' competitive multiplayer modes. "We wanted to do better," he continued. "So, Destiny is philosophically built support every type of player, and all modes with ongoing activities and events. We look at it quite a bit like television programming, as opposed to a singular film, as we had in the past."

"Beta was water wings. Level 8 is nothing," he said, referring to the beta's level cap. "You barely scratched the surface, and it seems like some folks had fun with what was there. If you did, good news. More soon"

Notably, Osborne never directly addressed the specific concern that prompted the thread in which he was posting. We've followed up with Bungie to find out if there is indeed only a single area per planet.

Destiny's beta concluded last night, with Bungie describing it as a "tremendous success." We were, however, left with a number of questions about the full game--which launches September 9 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360--after spending more than a week playing.

What impact has the beta had on your thoughts on the game ahead of its release? Let us know in the comments.

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Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

After a month I was already done. So bungie get your head out of your bosses ass and understand this game will not make us stay around for months. Unless you release something that will make us stay and so far what you guys have released was a big disappointment. Take responsibility and do something.

bornstellar343i
bornstellar343i

Beta was ok. If you want to play a real mmo shooter you should try FIREFALL. Great game, with real open World feeling. And the best: it´s free!

gavin_ff
gavin_ff

"Beta was water wings. Level 8 is nothing," he said, referring to the beta's level cap. "You barely scratched the surface." If the level cap is 20 then how is level 8 nothing and barely scratching the surface? It almost half!

mr_blonde817
mr_blonde817

So.. what do people actually expect? This game cost 60 dollars and is offering FAR more than infamous, titanfall, shit pretty much any other game that has come out for this new generation that has cost the same amount of money.

DarqStalker
DarqStalker

A lot of companies claim support after launch, but it always seems months after release when most ppl have moved on. Most games I've played added content or DLC after I finished the game and moved on to another. Bungie needs to start adding stuff to do no later than a month after release to keep ppl playing while they are still interested.  Destiny marks the beginning of great games coming out and near a month later we got games like Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Evolve, AC: Unity and more great games.  Bungie needs to release content before these games come out if they want ppl to keep playing.

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

Played the Beta and color me impressed, even on the ancient hardware of the Xbox 360 this game is great. It's the game we've all wanted to create but not what we WANTED TO CREATE. Now I just have to use my imagination and imagine that the visuals look better than they really are. RIP Last gen...

shinrae5
shinrae5

Translation: prepare for a sh*tload of dlc.

Beyond that, the beta was ok but not nearly as amazing as I thought it would be. It had the structure of Defiance, the gameplay of borderlands and the visuals of halo and mass effect. It felt like it had no identity. Bland writing and eh voice acting didn't sell it either.

I do believe this game will offer some fun co op for a month or so but beyond that I am not expecting myself to keep on exploring in that world

Shielder7
Shielder7

I'll believe it when I see it.

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

i think this game will be good, i feel they have kept a lot of stuff back on purpose and when playing the full game you will get to see some cool things.  i found a lot of mysteries when going places that i shouldn't go (because of eminent death) found 3 different races from the others. found 2 of the 5 gold chests giving me very nice loot and iv learnt how to make gimmer easily.  

seanwil545
seanwil545

I wish companies would just release full-fledged expansion packs!

I'll let you guys spend your money first...please report back =p

NiteX
NiteX

I sure hope that means Explore mode will actually have something to do in the final build.  It was fairly non-compelling in the beta.  

unreal849
unreal849

Color me skeptical. If the beta was 10% of the final shipped game, it will be over before it starts, with barely any story.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Destiny needs to work on social regardless and how to ease up on grouping. I'd like this to be a better experience than that nightmare called Defiance. Communication and army of all black male chars made the game horrid for many.

Take a few tips from GTAV. Mostly the means everyone communicates with each other.


Oh and hey if I could just add I would like to be able to break down better gear to update my current to their stats of possible because I would like to keep certain looks surely.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I've only ever bought one season pass before -for Borderlands 2... money well spent! They just arn't my thing... but I'll be getting the season pass for this!

Barighm
Barighm

Everyone and their dog knows this game was designed to sell DLC. $20 for new zones? Yikes!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Every MMO claims this, none deliver.

mark5225
mark5225

Really enjoyed the beta this game could be goty. Just curious for xbox gamers can this game even come close of a smige to halo or does it not have a chance?

wookiegr
wookiegr

And when they run out of ideas, new dance moves DLC will be the next cash grab.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

I don't doubt it as I loved the demo.  My most anticipated game by a long shot.  It just resonated with me as a gamer.  Well done Bungie!

EdAl2112
EdAl2112

The app said that I played 65 hours of the beta, so I guess you have a new customer. Good job!

gavin_ff
gavin_ff

Nvm the cap is higher than 20

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

Wrong I've played titanfall for 4 months and this piece of crap only got me to 1 month so those other games I would rather play again then this joke

Zloth2
Zloth2

@shinrae5  Better translation: wait for the "game of the year" version.

oflow
oflow

@shinrae5 it was more like a combination of Warframe and Borderlands to me, though the world itself does kind of remind of the story from Defiance.  It was okay but I was also expecting a lot more.  Its like MMO Lite.

I think Bungie bit off more than they can chew with this one.  I think they underestimate MMOs players' insatiable appetite for content like the developers for every MMO always do.

-Or-

They might know it and have a crap ton of DLC ready to nickel and dime you to death equal or greater to a $15/mo sub.

Either way, I tried it got to 8, saw the end game gear grind system and wont be playing it.  Good luck to the Destiny fans!  been there and done that too many times.

Doomguard3
Doomguard3

@shinrae5 Structure like defiance? Not really, defiance has big open areas where more than 50 players can meet and fight in a single battle. Destiny is structured more like borderlands, with tight and claustrophobic maps and only 3-4 player support for any "open" location you visit. If you saw a far away place in Defiance you could have actually walked all the way there, but Destinies vistas are all background images which you cannot reach, just how borderlands simulated a larger world, but was basically a bunch of smaller connected maps.The open world does little for defiance though because of how dull the combat is, Destiny does gunplay much better.

unreal849
unreal849

@neowarrior793  The golden chests were way too easy. I got all 5 before even realizing I was supposed to seek them out, lol.

unreal849
unreal849

@NiteX  Yeah... five chests and some arbitrary collectibles aren't exactly worth the time.

ccgod
ccgod

@Kinguard73 I noticed that as well about 90% of the char faces are black featured people.  I never heard anyone talking while playing i could see the voice thing go off but never heard anyone even in game. 

The crafting system is already in place by giving us parts for dismantling armor and weapons they just didn't show it.  I do think you should get more $ for that or be able to sell them outright for more $,  But as far as like stuff like WoW where you can transmod gear most mmo's don't launch with that feature it comes much later.

irishrizo
irishrizo

@Barighm i dont think ive played a PVP game in the past 2 years that didn't Have DLC's. 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@Barighm New missions, new zones, new pvp modes, new raids, new dungeons... Go read what is actually included in the DLC. It's not just " new zones ". 

ccgod
ccgod

@mark5225 I enjoyed it as well and some parts were very challenging you just couldn't mow down the hoards.  As far as GOTY goes it doesn't stand a chance against the current line up of games coming out as i don't think it will shine as much as people think it will. 

Cronyk
Cronyk

@mark5225 It's a different beast. I don't think the story in Destiny will be as engrossing as Halo, because Halo is more of a linear experience which makes the story easier to develop. Plus I will always have a soft spot for MC & Cortana. 


Destiny may end up to be a more fun overall experience though as its exploration aspects, leveling, and loot are right up my alley. I loved teaming up with other players for its dungeon (or whatever they call it) to take down the massive tank. 


In the end, I think Halo and Destiny will both find a comfortable spot on my X1, and will both accumulate tons of hours. 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@EdAl2112 GAMMMMMEEEE. OMG I need to start a petition to stop this calling games "apps".    >:{ However, I do agree with you. I spent an abnormal amount of time on that beta of the GAME. 

isshiah
isshiah

@Zloth2 @shinrae5 they intend to support this game for a while, so it may end up being a "5th anniversary edition" with all dlc up to that point.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@unreal849 @neowarrior793 I was only able to play Friday night and much of Saturday. I didn't even find a single golden chest, so I didn't even know they existed. It's pretty cool they are there, though. Makes me even more excited for the final release. 


I really enjoyed what I played on the beta, even if I felt the VS multiplayer was a bit unbalanced. I kept getting one hit killed, and I certainly couldn't get any one hit kills. I didn't have much time to play and experiment with my Warlock build (which class I think doesn't have much armor overall) and discover the awesome loot you guys are talking about. I definitely look forward to the final release of this game where I have time to experiment more with the Warlock as well as other classes.

EvolutionBaby
EvolutionBaby

@repetitiousv2 MMO or not, the point still stands. Replace the words "Every MMO" with "Every game that's hyped up a lot before it's actually released" and you've basically got the gist of the point.


I really hope Bungie can deliver with what they've claimed, but past experience has made me very weary of said claim. It's one of those "I'll believe it when I see it" situations.

cooldaddypmg
cooldaddypmg

@lucentwolf You sound foolish....he is talking about the Destiny Companion App for mobile phones....the app has all of you stats.....research before you comment

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@unreal849 @neowarrior793 i think they kept a lot of stuff back, hell even the free roaming was limited to a very small area. i think thoes maps encompass all the missions and considering we only did (what i think is) 35% of earth you can bet theres lot more. 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@cooldaddypmg You do realize you can get the time played in the game as well right? So ya, your comment doesn't work here. How do you "research" a comment like the one above? That makes no sense. Here, let me go google, " The app said that I played 65 hours of the beta, so I guess you have a new customer. Good job! ". 


I've seen people refer to games as apps, so I could easily take " the app said " as meaning the game. You don't know, I don't know, so I made the decision he was talking about the game. 

unreal849
unreal849

@neowarrior793 @unreal849  35%? I was under the impression that Old Russia was pretty much it for earth, and I feel like I covered at least half of that ground in the beta (at least, roughly judging by the map).

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@dark_rage864 I see people calling each other all sorts of nasty things on this site. I see people making comments that no person in their right mind should be making here... But yes, my comment, amongst ALL the hatred is abysmal. /eyeroll

cooldaddypmg
cooldaddypmg

@Lucentwolf Whatever bro.....take your #failed comment and leave

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@cooldaddypmg lmao Really? You hashtagged me? lmfao I don't know how people don't feel ridiculous using # -insert silly trying to be trendy tag here- while talking to others. 

ccgod
ccgod

@unreal849 @neowarrior793 either way they've already showed that they re use area's just like DA2 also it'll be slightly bigger since there were ton of areas where there were max level enemies where we couldn't explore

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@legion_xhype AGAIN, I've seen it used this way before. " THE app " could mean " THE app, the game " or " THE app, THE APP ". He very well could be referring to a specific app, because, well, I've seen games called apps before. You people aren't gonna convince me otherwise, unless he comes out specifically and says he was referring to the companion app, my statement still stands. No matter how much you try.

Now if he comes out and says he was referring to the app companion, then that's all fine and I'll retract my comment. lol 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

Besides, I was mostly just playing around. It's a pet peeve of mine when people call games apps. I suppose I should have added some lols or :p's or something though.