Yes you heard that right. Over 4.6 million people over the course of a week sat down and played the Destiny beta, resulting in the “biggest beta of this console generation” according to Activision’s publishing boss Eric Hirshberg.
Hirshbery went on to say “Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what’s to come. We’re counting down the days to our launch day, September 9th.”
Destiny’s beta was surprising to say the least. The quality of what was on offer was the real success of the beta. Rarely has a beta been so smooth or polished, even the alpha test had people thinking that they were dealing with a finished product and the beta came along and cranked all expectation up to 11.
Bungie’s deliberate attempt to distance itself from their much loved Halo series may not have been apparent at first. After all the button configuration and stylistics of Destiny were almost identical to Halo. The armour plating wouldn’t have looked out of place next to master chief if we are being truly honest with ourselves.
Yet what Bungie have done so far is not only change the scope of the gameplay but the mentality. Whilst PVP is features, it is the co-operative explorative nature of the game that has enticed gamers from across the globe. Incessant fighting in games is not necessarily a thing of the past but Bungie have acknowledged in some small way that their is an audience who shies away from online gaming due to the competitive nature of it.
Many indie developers are flourishing from changing tact and creating games with little to no violence. Destiny may not exactly shy away from violence, after all it is a sci-fi shooter were you have to blast evil space aliens to kingdom come, but the game does place more of an emphasis on collegial gameplay. The co-operative nature of the game is what has been so enticing to gamers during this beta test and judging by the souring pre-order numbers they are thirsty for more.
Destiny is available on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 on September the 9th.