Hands-On: Destiny Is Too Polished To Be In Its Alpha Phase [EGMR]

EGMR writes: "Destiny being playable so soon was a nice surprise by Sony surprised at E3 when they announced the alpha for PS4 this past weekend. Many of us were giddy like school girls to get our keys and jump right into the action. After an initial download of around six to seven gigabytes, it was time to jump into the online world of Bungie’s new shooter, and see what it’s made of. Just keep in mind that this is the very game that Activision is reportedly spending $500 million on all inclusive, and it needs to sell around 15-16 million units to just break even, which prompted a big discussion among us back in early May. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that there is a hell of a lot riding on Destiny, and all of it will depend on its ability to attract players for a long term investment."

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Mr Pumblechook1639d ago (Edited 1639d ago )

Of course it's not a true Alpha! But this article is stating the obvious. The fact that this website has gone to all the effort to make an article about it indicates they have no understanding of a game's development process.

A real alpha is when the initial concept of a game has been decided and the developers put together a basic but functioning software model. Normally with basic graphics. The idea is to test the functionality of it, how it works and plays and then build from there.

This Destiny 'Alpha' is just a marketing term. It really is just an early beta. 3 months from launch and the game is practically finished. But the Bungie team have to test things like the network load, game balance player behaviours etc.

Nitrowolf21639d ago

Even so, This is probably the most polish pre release alpha, beta, heck even demo if you want to call it that.

To me, this shows that the devs care enoughto not release a broken version of the game to test bugs that atr obviously there (bf series)

CaptainFaisal1639d ago

Well they have payed 500,000,000$ to make the game, im sure activation will give them as long as they want to release it, to make sure the game is perfect once they release it and make it LOOK and PLAY perfectly. Or else the half a billion $ will be for nothing!

I like how Activition have a lot of faith with Bungie, they gave them practically unlimited budget to do what ever they like, which makes me feel confident that the game will turn out amazing.

I played the game so judging from my experience with the Alpha, it is very polished and amazingly well done ! So how will they make the final game much better? It is and will be breathtaking !

ArchangelMike1639d ago

Exactly as Nitrowolf said, this is the most polished alpha/beta I've ever played, and I've beenin a few. Heck compare it to the Battlefield Hardline beta. It makes Hardline look like it's still in pre-production.

Underneath it all, besides the basic network test, this 'pre-alpha' is basically part of an (excellent) marketing deal between Sony and Activision.

Sideras1639d ago

It's almost too polished to be a beta too.

kneon1639d ago

The number of graphics issues I've encountered can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and you'll have a couple of fingers left over.

One was pretty serious though and did cause the game to crash.

Eldyraen1639d ago (Edited 1639d ago )


It is the same for me except I haven't crashed at all. The most annoying bug I have ran into is every time I played the Strike on harder difficulty one particular mob body never disappears and just stands there (Fallen at defending objective).

At another point one paths into a corner behind something and gets stuck rather often.

GarrusVakarian1639d ago

I don't think ive ever even played a beta that's as polished and 'release-worthy' as this alpha. Hell, most games on release are more buggy and less stable than this alpha, lol.

Neonridr1639d ago

*cough* BF4 *cough* ;)

very true Lukas. But I agree with everyone else that the term "Alpha" needs to be taken in its proper context. The Beta I am sure will be exactly the same as this only with more area unlocked to explore.

For a game as big as this an Alpha and a Beta would be more than a month apart in the development cycle. This was just basically a chance to wet our feet and get all excited for the game. It worked on me as I ended up preordering this game this weekend so I could ensure I get Beta access. lol

Mikelarry1639d ago

exactly while playing this i was like cant they just release this now , now imagine how much better it will be when it does finally launch.

Clown_Syndr0me1639d ago (Edited 1639d ago )

I agree to an extent. But Im a bit confused, I thought you were supposed to be able to see other players. ive only seen other people (who are not in my fire team) two or three times. I expected to see people running around alot, it didn't feel very online.
Either this is a bug or its meant to be that way, hopefully a bug.
Im also slightly disappointed in the social features, if you are supposed to be able to see other players, I want text chat, more emotes/anims etc. I hope there is more variety in the missions, nearly every one I played is "kill everything" just worded differently each time.


It could be the time you are playing, also it could be that more people are moving to the Crucible portion.

XiSasukeUchiha1639d ago

Bungie is really doing a good job on the game.

Dlacy13g1639d ago

This Alpha is just a special demo that Sony cut a deal for. It's a tactic that has been done before and will be done again. No doubt Bungie are getting valuable network data from all this but as far as the game goes ...this is pretty much what you will get day one.

Clown_Syndr0me1639d ago

In that case Im not interested.
The social features are very basic as are the customisation features. Not to mention every mission is basically "kill everything". I assumed this was just really watered down and everything would improve for the final game?

Dlacy13g1639d ago

No doubt there will be more features and modes, etc... when I say "this is what you will get" I mean what you see on screen is pretty close to what final build will look like.

system221639d ago

I dunno if I'm playing the same alpha that other people are. I keep reading how amazing this game is and how beautiful it looks but to me it doesn't look like anything special and honestly I think it's kinda boring

UnHoly_One1639d ago


It's very boring and bland.

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