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Bungie calling on beta testers

Developer says its User Research dept. has begun inviting users to test upcoming unannounced game; team has "very specific curiosities in mind" for potential testers.


Former Halo developer Bungie Studios has begun calling on beta testers for its first project with Activision. In the company's latest Mail Sack question and answer feature, the developer said that its User Research department has "very specific curiosities in mind" when inviting testers and explained that gamers should keep an eye on their inbox for an invitation.

Bungie is now selecting testers for a game it has yet to announce.
Bungie is now selecting testers for a game it has yet to announce.

"The mazes that [Bungie's User Research department builds] into their Laboratorium are meticulously customized for the people they choose to run through them," reads a line from the answer. "If you have yet to be selected, sit tight--and make sure that the email address attached to your profile is one that you still check. Your time may yet come."

Bungie announced in November 2010 that it was seeking "hundreds of thousands" of testers for alpha and beta testing of its still-unannounced project. Potential tasks include participating in "play test and usability" events at Bungie, filling out surveys related to gaming habits, and alpha and beta testing the developer's next game. Gamers interested in participating in the beta can follow the instructions laid out by Bungie on

Bungie's first game as part of its 10-year publishing partnership with Activision is rumored to be a massively multiplayer online-style first-person shooter titled Destiny. The game is reportedly due out in 2013 first for Microsoft platforms, including the Xbox 360 and the rumored Xbox 720. Additionally, three full follow-ups are said to be in the pipeline, with downloadable content packs codenamed Comet being released in the years between main installments.

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