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Destiny Beta ‘Barely Scratched the Surface’ According to Bungie

by Kyle Hanson

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Responding to fan concerns that the final release of Destiny will disappoint in terms of overall content and scale, Bungie Community Manager Eric “Urk” Osborne said that the Beta “barely scratched the surface”. With the recent news that there would be only one area per world, and the constant rumor that the level cap will be 20, many fans were asking just how big Destiny could be. If Osborne’s comments are to be believed then Bungie has a few tricks up their sleeve for the upcoming first-person shooter.

Destiny’s Beta was water wings. Level 8 is nothing. You barely scratched the surface.

In the response, Osborne explained how Bungie was pushing for Destiny to be bigger and better than anything they have done before. “With Destiny, we’re looking to exceed what we’ve done before, not just in terms of scale – the Moon is our smallest destination – but in terms of scope and breadth of activities. That’s true for day one, as you expect, but it also means we want Destiny to have super long legs.”

According to Osborne, Bungie took many lessons from their past games, especially those in the highly revered Halo franchise. “We think we did a decent job supporting Halo, post launch, but we were only ever able to cater to the competitive set,” explains Osborne. “That left a lot of players out in the cold. That made a lot of the team grumpy. We wanted to do better. So, Destiny is philosophically built support every type of player, and all modes with ongoing activities and events. We look at it quite a bit like television programming, as opposed to a singular film, as we had in the past. We think it’s gonna be pretty great, but we wanted to test out a bunch of our new stuff with Beta, to make sure we could flip knobs and levers live, reacting and responding with lots (and, ho boy, did we see LOTS) of players online and playing.”

Osborne concluded by assuring gamers that what they have seen so far isn’t enough to judge the final contents. “[Destiny’s] Beta was water wings,” said Osborne. “Level 8 is nothing. You barely scratched the surface, and it seems like some folks had fun with what was there.”

Destiny will hit store shelves on September 9th for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.

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