To say that Destiny’s beta has been a success would be an understatement – after all, we’ve talked about little else for the past two weeks. However, while much of that discussion has been overwhelmingly positive, developer Bungie has had to move to reassure fans that there’ll be plenty of content in the impending first-person shooter, after it emerged that there’ll only be one location per planet.
This means that Old Russia – the rustic location central to the beta – is the only region on Earth that you’ll be able to visit. And the same will be true of Mars, Venus, and the Moon. So, what of the rest of the solar system? “We've revealed everything that you'll explore in the first version of the game,” said community manager David ‘DeeJ’ Dague. That means that, potentially, you’ve already seen a good quarter of the release.
Fortunately, fellow spokesperson Eric ‘Urk’ Osborne dropped into a frenzied NeoGAF thread in order to allay fears. “Destiny's pretty big,” he reassured. “It's the biggest game that we've ever made, by far, and we're sort of known for making games that you can play for months, years, and even decades if you're a little bit... dedicated.” He continued that the title will have more variety and breadth of activities then any of its previous products.
Of course, the studio also plans to keep you occupied long after launch, too – presumably with those expansion packs that were announced a few weeks back. The difference this time around is that it wants to involve everyone. “We think that we did a decent job supporting Halo, but we were only ever able to cater to the competitive set,” he concluded. “Destiny is philosophically built to support every type of player, and all modes with ongoing activities and events."
Still, with environments being broken up into chunks to create different missions, we definitely got a sense of déjà-vu at points during the beta – and fear that that could become even more prevalent in the full release. With the content scaled back for testing purposes, however, we just hope that there’s going to be a lot, lot more in the final game – prior to premium add-on packs, of course.