Destiny public beta starts in July

Activision Blizzard revealed today that you'll be able to get in on the shooter from Halo-developer Bungie later this summer.

During an Activision Blizzard investor call today, the company revealed that the public beta for the much-hyped Bungie shooter Destiny is due out this July. We already knew that the beta was coming sometime this summer (and would on PlayStation platforms first), but this gives us a more specific month to wait for.

The information comes following a report from the company that overall profits for the company this quarter are down 35% year on year. However, Activision obviously has a lot of faith in Destiny; they've reportedly invested over $500 million dollars in the franchise.

Destiny launches September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

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Discussion

140 comments
mersadtalebi
mersadtalebi

we have to pre-order it 4 getting the beta, right?

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Huge loss if this game fails. ....$ 500 million. ...jeez

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

do you have to sign up for beta or will they just have it available for download off the marketplace?

samregan83
samregan83

This better not be just for US, I've had this on pre-order since January.

ringringabel
ringringabel

i really can't wait for this game. the weight of the weapons, enemy and AI design, the sound design, bungie is amazing when it comes to FPS. somehow they just always feel very distinct from all other shooters. the only reason i'm sad about getting a ps4 is that i won't be able to play halo 5...but i'll gladly settle for destiny!

Olizart
Olizart

Well well, now we have a month of the beta starting. I'm getting even more excited. Time to go pre-order my PS4 copy. Thanks Bungie. ;)

Anyone know how long the beta is going to run for?

Adam_Orth
Adam_Orth

I think tying the Beta to the pre-orders is smart. The retailers look at those numbers when they decide how heavily to promote or stock a game. The more people that sign up for the Beta the better it is for everyone. The more exposure the game gets to be a success and the more people that can try before you buy.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Hope Destiny's beta isn't a huge letdown like the Warface beta, yowza!!!

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

another shooter meh...cod is enough for me

rasterror
rasterror

Man am I jealous of Playstation owners. I hope you enjoy the beta and give some good feedback to improve the game even more. Play a few hours for me. Have fun.

lilflipp
lilflipp

I think this will be great. I see a lot of potential I just have a good feeling about this game. Only played Halo 1 when it came out. Don't have PS4 nor Xone, but, this looks promising.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Have we reached a saturation point on shooters?

Titanfall didn't impress and this looks blazzai as well, just me and old age or am I right for once?

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

My prediction ps3 and ps4 get it July 4th weekend others get it on the 11th.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

Nice! I wonder if this is including the PS early access, or if by "public" they mean available on all platforms.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

considering its allegedly cost almost half a BILLION dollars to make, I am still a bit 'Meh' about it

inebriantia
inebriantia

@ObxChillin  You had to preorder, then a code was sent, that u had to redeem on bungie's site, proving you pre-ordered.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@samregan83 Not too late to cancel the pre-order and just place a new one...

cws3e
cws3e

@Olizart  if its anything like past bungie betas it won't last for very long maybe 2 weeks.

N4o7A
N4o7A

@Olizart  Same man, been kinda holding off of preordering till the date revealed

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@Adam_Orth ...and the more stress tests the severs get AHEAD of time, the better Day 1 is for EVERYONE.


darkprince2
darkprince2

@spacecadet25  Considering $500 million was invested into Destiny and Bungie being the kick-arse company they are, this game is going to rock and I assume the beta will rock too!! Excited!!

Shortykid
Shortykid

@rasterror  you do realize this is coming to xbox also. Playstation owners just get the beta a week before xbox owners do. It's not exclusive to playstation.

mcmflyguy
mcmflyguy

@CallMeDuraSouka don't get my wrong I think we have reached a point where there are too many shooter games out there. I love battlefield 4, don't play COD since black ops, but I think destiny will be different, a little more adventure/exploring than just bang bang shoot em up. HOPEFULLY more exploratory than borderlands. and open, no doors to walk through for each zone.

ringringabel
ringringabel

@CallMeDuraSouka  i think that destiny looks like it's gonna shake things up quite a bit, the multiplayer component seems intriguing as well as the rpg mechanics. i like fps games where melee combat is a significant component of the mechanics, can't wait to slice and dice some fools w/the energy blade thingy as the rogue class. bungie's shooters always feel hella distinct from other shooters as well, from the weight of the weapons to even little things like how much health enemies have and how you have to deal w/ the ai tactics. this is coming from a ps/pc owner, i liked the halo series but this seems way more interesting imo

mekentosh
mekentosh

@CallMeDuraSouka  I really hope we reached a point where they aren't being thrown at us on a conveyor belt. I'm only looking forward to Battlefront.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

@LucentWolf  As they didn't specify, "general access" to all platforms would be likely. PS4 better get it in June

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@spartanx169x @ringringabelNot that I've found it as valuable as I had originally thought (at least not until probably next ~Feb), but this is still the best option. 

Tech-head
Tech-head

@dogman7 @ringringabel  

He said that he's sad that he'll miss out on Halo, because he's getting a PS4, not that he is buying a PS4 because Destiny is a Sony exclusive.

tigzar
tigzar

@darkprince2 @spacecadet25  or it could suck .


money doesnt mean anything . and it hasnt give exact figures 500 million into the game and 'advertising' . how do you no it isnt just 1/4 into the game and 3/4 into advertising? lol ...


hence money means nothing.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Shortykid @rasterror  ps4 still has exclusive content that the xbox one will not have though. well that's what iv read anyway.

rasterror
rasterror

You're mad that I'm giving you Playstation owners a compliment? Someone's a little salty.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@rexpowercolt I'm banking on June for Ps3/4. The way they worded this is a little vague. Though truthfully, I wouldn't mind it if it was July. As my birthday is the 4th. lol Either way, excited. 

tigzar
tigzar

@rasterror  The first halo was decent the rest of them were just shite . so if its like halo . Nah , epic fail 


*waits for the flame*

rasterror
rasterror

They both do. As long as I get the game at full that's all that matters. They describe it as a Halo MMO which to me sounds like it can be one of the greatest of all times. I know you might me because I'm a huge Halo, I'm far more interested in the Halo series story than the multi-player, but Bungie's ability to create something special is truly unique.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@rasterror  I've had my beta code in since Oct 3rd of last year. I shall do more than enjoy it. I will do naughty things in the dark of the night with it. >.> Thanks though! I just bought and am downloading Bound by Flame currently. 


And ya, we're not all bad. lol Same as I'm sure there are decent Xbox folk out there. Definitely agree, the flamboyant fanboys out there are what make legitimate fans look bad. :(

rasterror
rasterror

No worries. I know people like him Tiger_Ali and eternal_napalm make you guys look terrible. I have no problem with Playstation fans or any other kind of fan. Fanboys are what I can't stand. Still you guys are lucky and I hope you enjoy it and the other games you have.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@rasterror  Even if he is a PS owner ( which I doubt ), please don't count him among our ranks. :( We're better than his type. Or at least some of us are. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@sammoth @thenephariouson@DigitalDame

For me, its never been about 'Wars', just find expressing any opinion on here a nightmare knowing that your going to have to justify your comment.


Personally I don't care what people own, we're all gamers (for the most part anyway)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@DigitalDame @sammoth

Its a shame, that I love coming to GS, have done for a very long time, but its recently been a nightmare awash with Troll hardy &%$^%$.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Question are you from GameRevolution by any chance?

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@sammoth I"ll have my team look into it. Thanks. 

sammoth
sammoth

@spartanx169x @DigitalDame@sammoth@rexpowercolt Yeah they always seem to CHOOSE what they want to mod while the derogatory remarks continue by the same trolls day in and day out.