Destiny's competitive multiplayer mode will be playable at E3

How does it stack up with Halo? We're just a month away from finding out.

Bungie hasn't said much at all about Destiny's competitive multiplayer mode to date, but with the game's September 9 release date approaching, the developer has chosen E3 to finally show it off.

The developer confirmed the news in an interview with the PlayStation Blog. E3 is not open to the public, but you can expect that details about Destiny's multiplayer mode will emerge from the show in one way or another.

Bungie is of course known for multiplayer. The Halo series is widely considered to be one of most refined multiplayer experiences available on consoles, and fans of that franchise--now run by Microsoft--are no doubt keeping close tabs on what Destiny will have on offer.

Also in the interview, Bungie discussed the upcoming Destiny beta. Community manager Eric Osborne didn't go into specifics about what it will offer, but teased that it boasts a "huge slice of content." Bungie COO Pete Parsons added that he hopes millions of people play the beta, as it will not only serve as an introduction for players to the world, but also as a stress test for the game's servers, he said.

The Destiny beta kicks off this summer, first on PlayStation platforms, before coming later to Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Finally, Bungie has released a new video that covers the armor, weapons, and loot you can expect from Destiny. Guns on offer include fire-spewing shotguns and "head-melting" fusion rifles, as well as traditional pistols and rifles. There are three main weapon categories--Primary, Special, and Heavy--though there are also numerous sub-categories like auto rifles and full-auto assault rifles. Check out the video above for more.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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32 comments
Garm31
Garm31

The single player still requires an always online Gold/PSN subscription. NO THANK YOU.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

With NO beta STILL to this day, $100 bet says this game gets pushed back until next year. 

DANNYtheBOY11
DANNYtheBOY11

It's getting better and better.

Maybe, since Nov '13, the first game that deserves some hype for and the first reason to buy a "new" console (PS4 obviously); beta is coming up and Sept '14 is not so far away

wallacom
wallacom

I'm sure it's going to be a great game. They are the creators of Halo. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Yeah. How many people here will even be able to go to E3 to make this relevant news?

I'm not even on the same continent. I'm sure some guys in the North East of the States are hardly going to get a plane to LA just to play a demo either.

Everything else we'll find out from this site while E3 is on anyway.

Williams0907
Williams0907

Once we get close to release date it will get delayed

flyincloud1116
flyincloud1116

I have hopes for this game, but I'm not excited about it.

mrsutnak
mrsutnak

is this the next halo game? looks good

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

So in other words, "Will be playable for press, but you normal people can wait."

domisbatman
domisbatman

Ok stop comparing this to Halo dear lord. Treat it as a new game 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

If it sucks will you honestly tell us that, even amid all hype stories about Destiny?  

Sometimes I like that, however bashing games after hands-on experiences can go too far.  Such as the last years of EGM magazine, where they majorly blasted just about every game they had early hands-on previews with, it was just brutal and they were often ultimately wrong.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Boom dada. A solid competitive MP will be a deciding factor to me. Extremely important. Though, not a deal breaker.


Halo and Destiny this year, oh how sweet it is.

Shortykid
Shortykid

I'll take that bet. They've stated multiple times the beta would be in the summer. Yet, people like you just can't figure out what that means. So, I'll spell it out for you. S-U-M-M-E-R. Hope that helps you wrap your head around it and there's still four months until the game releases.

mcmflyguy
mcmflyguy

@DANNYtheBOY11 September 9th to be exact. go ahead just mark that day down as a day to call in sick.

Garm31
Garm31

@wallacom  

Halo 2 was their last good game, great actually. That was a long time ago. A different time. We will see.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Dannystaples14  Yea well, at least SOMEONE outside of their own company will be able to play the game, make an opinion on it, and share it with those of us who can't attend.  That's a lot better than nothing, and hardly irrelevant.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Just search for Destiny News - All Game Modes Revealed on Youtube, and pick the video from MoreConsole. It has a breakdown of these modes and such.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@flyincloud1116  


Same here.  After watching the videos, I don't know what to think.  It looks like a chaotic mess of sparks and flash and no strategy.  

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@domisbatman  


When ever you buy ANYTHING, you HAVE to compare it to other stuff.  It's unavoidable.  Lets be honest, there's nothing brand new and completely original out.  You can literally name ANY game and we could name multiple things that its similar to.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@domisbatman  Too be fair it's by the same developer, also in a futuristic sci-fi world, and even LOOK similar to Halo...  but yea,  I like seeing games based on their merit alone, not ALWAYS being compared to something else.


The everything = "Skyrim with whatever" comparison is particularly tiring!

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@spacecadet25  Our last story on Destiny from our visit to Seattle was pretty tepid, actually. We have hopes, but what we played wasn't enormously impressive. Kotaku's writeup from the same trip was even less positive: http://kotaku.com/i-played-45-minutes-of-destiny-and-it-was-kind-of-bori-1568127899


That said, there is no pleasing everyone. If we like what we see and say as much, some folks lambast us for "feeding the hype" or some such thing; if we don't care for what we see and say so, other folks lambast us for judging something at such an early stage. All we can do is say what we think, knowing that there is no victory in preview coverage!

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@spacecadet25  Reminds me of a certain base of fans now adays... That being basically all gamers any more. Blast everything before even getting hands on it!

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@spacecadet25  Yea it's important to consider the fact it's still a work in progress, but totally ignoring all flaws is equally useless to readers.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@nl_skipper Well no I mean Gamespot was going to be there anyway. Anything the demo shows we will find out as soon as it is played there from these guys.

Most of us on here won't be attending and most of us will be here watching E3 coverage which means THIS ARTICLE is kind of irrelevant to 99.9% of everyone reading it.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@gamingnerd121  Been following MoreConsole for quite a while now. Very good at keeping up to date with the latest Destiny news! Glad to see a fellow beautiful bastard.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@nl_skipper @domisbatmanI agree, but if Bungie is still making games 200 years from now those games will be compared to halo.  It's the nature of making something so iconic.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@Dannystaples14 How is it irrelevant?  They are simply telling us destiny multiplayer will be revealed at E3.....