The red planet will surely be a popular destination for players. The beauty of the desolate setting is simply remarkable.
The new trailer emphasizes the vast world to explore and the chaos that lays beneath it. The lore of Destiny’s universe states that Mars was once an incredible thriving city, but has since collapsed since the darkness began.
The two primary creatures players will likely encounter while exploring Mars are the Cabal and the Vex.
The Cabals are one of the largest species players will encounter throughout Destiny. They come from a military-industrial complex and live to conquer others.
The Vex will also be a major creature/robot on Venus, but are also evident on other planets as well. Vex’s most distinct characteristic is their ability to travel through time and launch endless waves of metal armies with the desire to dominate human civilization.
Destiny will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, and Playstation 3 on September 9th.
All that work for nothing? That’s what Bungie is telling those who took part in their recent beta.
Those who played during their select time frame while Bungie was testing their server capacity will be receiving an in-game nameplate for their profile.
But Bungie’s weekly update revealed the rest of the character progress, acquired loot, and various collectibles found throughout the game will be wiped away for the full release.
“If the rest of you haven’t gathered the painful truth from the eulogy yet, our Beta characters won’t transfer to the final version of Destiny. The vaults have been cleaned out, too.”
While disappointing, it’s not all that surprising given Bungie’s history taking the same action with the betas of both Halo 2 and Halo 3.
Still, the beta was a massive success for Bungie/Activision. Over 4.6 million players played the Destiny beta and the mass amount of preorders for the IP is on a record-breaking pace.
No major changes to come just before release, but some minor tweaks and changes to clean up any issues are being made to tune the gameplay.
One of Bunige’s designers Tyson Green reiterated the benefit the beta has given them.
“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.”
The servers look capable, the gameplay looks sharp, and the hype is massive. It seems everything for Destiny is set and ready for its September 9th release.
Bungie and Activision’s efficiency with handling the development and marketing of Destiny will likely result in one of the smoothest and most successful major IP launches ever for consoles.
Activision/Blizzard’s second quarter financial results release shows that there is good reason for the tremendous amount of excitement surrounding Destiny.
The quarterly report makes very exciting news for investors and fans of the game in general. “…we believe [Destiny] will be the largest new intellectual property launch in videogame history…” the release reported
The company states that current pace for preorders is “tracking towards an industry record.” With 4.6 million gamers playing just the beta (the largest new console IP beta ever), the company will almost certainly reach their expectations.
With the confidence from the developer and the wide-spread fondness for the game from fans, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke to the company’s plan to move forward with Destiny.
“we learned a lot by watching players engage with the game and hearing their feedback and Bungie is now making tweaks to optimize the game … I would describe these as tweaks and not major changes as we saw the fundamentals of the game to be very strong.”
Hirshberg also noted that feedback for the game was “nearly universally positive.” So for the very few fans that may have any gripes with the game and were hoping for change, you’re likely going to be let down.
However for the rest of Destiny fans, the hype for the September 9th release of the FPS is very much justified.