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More People Participated in the Destiny Beta Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Posted by Sammy Barker

Intergalactic anticipation

Bungie made it incredibly easy to participate in the Destiny beta, suggesting that it was perhaps as much a marketing tool as it was a server stress test. A single pre-order netted you three codes to share with friends, while the whole thing opened up to everybody towards the end. Still, if you’re asking people to download a 13GB client, then you’ve got to get them interested – and over 4.6 million people endured the arduous process in order to get a taste of the impending first-person shooter.

“This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin, and the largest console beta ever for a new video game intellectual property to date," exclaimed Eric Hirshberg, who’s the head of Activision Publishing. "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, 9th September.”

Bungie boss Pete Parsons seemed similarly chipper about the whole affair. “We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta,” he said. “We surpassed even our own goals, and the feedback was invaluable. We cannot thank the community enough; the response was humbling, and in the weeks ahead we'll be working hard to ensure that Destiny lives up to the expectations at launch.”

We really enjoyed the beta, documenting our intergalactic travels on the PlayStation 4 in a diary for over ten days. However, we still reckon that there are issues that the ex-Halo developer needs to address – and some of them may be way too ingrained at this point to be changed. We suppose that all will be revealed over the coming weeks, as the studio hops on its sparrow and prepares the ambitious escapade for launch.

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User Comments (8)

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#2

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I've already called it day with cod ghosts and I wasn't greatly impressed with killzones multiplayer, I'll be spending the next month ploughing through watchdogs and the other bits I've yet to finish, I'll probably end up with just destiny and UFC to play along with the Indies. I think it will crush everything this year with the exception of farcry.

divinelite

#3

divinelite said:

I dont know why this game is even more powerful than even cod
I like the alpha but dont understand why they try to have all 50% ps4 people buy this game

ztpayne7

#4

ztpayne7 said:

The file downloaded for me in about 5 minutes. I was actually impressed because I didn't think my internet was THAT fast. It didn't feel like a full 13 gb download.

Holydiver85

#5

Holydiver85 said:

@ztpayne7 Haha I remember being impressed by that too. Then I opened it and it took 4 hours to install and I have the internet most people(or their parents) wont pay for.

Holydiver85

#7

Holydiver85 said:

It's a 50 mbps cable connection. I'm glad you asked. I knew how much I paid but not the speed. When I checked the website to tell you the speed I noticed there is a 100 mbps for just 10 dollars more. You made me a happy man today. Haha.

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