An Amazon games listing had suggested that a pre-order bonus for Destiny will come in the form of an early beta access code. It read, “Pre-order Destiny and receive access to the upcoming beta. Beta will be available in early 2014 on the following platforms: PS4 system, PS3 system, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Limited time only. While beta codes last. Internet connection is required. Amazon will email you your beta access code within 1 business days of you placing your pre-order.”
This was since confirmed by the game’s publishing company Activision. The beta will be available across all four platforms and at most participating retailers. Including but not limited to Amazon, GameStop, Target, Tesco, GAME, and more. The beta will be available in Spring 2014.
Following this reveal Bungie has detailed, in an interview with Gamespot, that they will treat this beta “Like a Full Product Launch”. Community manager Eric Osborne discussed Bungie’s tedious efforts testing out early game development and their ambition to insure smooth online game play. Osborne admitted that Destiny is unlike any other online project they have undertaken and that the upcoming fps mmo requires a lot more time and effort put into it than past projects.
“We supported some pretty big, enduring gaming communities over the past decade, but we haven’t sat around giving each other high fives these past few years, Osborne states. We went out and recruited some of the most talented and experienced people we could find. We brought in hundreds of fans to play embarrassingly early builds of Destiny in our labs, collecting millions of data points. We’ve built technology specifically suited to deliver Destiny’s core pillars, enabling living worlds that feel like places you visit, filled with great action and adventure that gets your heart pumping, and offering up persistence of character that lets players become legends.”
Osborne continues saying that, “The Destiny beta, in many ways, is being treated like a full product launch. We can’t just carve out three competitive multiplayer maps this time around. We’d only be gathering data on one facet of the overall experience–one that is arguably the least resource intensive and most well understood by our team. Destiny demands more.”
Osborne also underlined their ambition with Destiny and their hopes to provide a different type of experience for gamers. “Our ambition is to build big, rich destinations that players can visit over and over again, to fill them up with great story and moments that they can share with their friends, and to deliver face melting action that leads to treasure, challenge, and discovery, Osborne says. We want to pour all of that secret sauce into the Destiny beta. It’s a massive undertaking, but one that we believe will pay huge dividends for us, and for our players.”
Destiny will be available on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3 sometime next year.