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Submitted by mrcreosote 34d ago | interview

Destiny: "We will treat the beta like a full launch"

At E3 Gamereactor caught up with Bungie's Jason Sussman, who was able to tell us more about the alpha and beta for Destiny, and give us a little more insight into the studio's ambitious project.

With the alpha now put to bed, Sussman's comments on the beta will likely be of interest for those who played the early access version and are looking forward July's beta.

"We will treat the beta like a full launch," we were told, "we want to make sure we get it into as many hands as possible, and the thing about the beta - alpha actually - this is giving us a chance to get it out to the world and get a glimpse of how people play and also look at how our systems work, and the beta's going to do that to. I mean this is truly an alpha, this is something that we wanted to get out there and really start getting on our systems squared away. We want to hear feedback and we want to see how people play." (Bungie, Destiny, E3, Jason Sussman, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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ravinash  +   34d ago
It looks like their really trying to take on board everything that has happened in the last couple of years with these Mass on line launches.
With so much riding on it, you want to avoid the problems that happened to Diablo, GTA5 and Simcity.

Hope they are successful, because if they are, it will be a lesson for the industry on how to roll this thing out.
minimur12  +   34d ago
when they say 'full launch' I'm wondering if that means they'll make sure there's next to no bugs, or if they're going to hype it into oblivion. Activision are publishing it afterall.
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Jeff257  +   34d ago
Agreed. I never really noticed any lag in PvP but I know some that did have a very small amount every so often. Also there were a few bugs but nothing that broke the game. I never had one single issue connecting to any aspect of the game or getting together with friends in it. I have played full games on launch that had major connection issues so if Bungie can improve on the few issues I noticed then yeah other companies will not have an excuse for not having their running better especially if they release a beta for people to help test it out.
Heisenburger  +   34d ago
That's impressive. Seriously.
WikusVanDeMerwe  +   34d ago
"we want to make sure we get it into as many hands as possible, and the thing about the beta - alpha actually.."

In my opinion they should stop using the terms alpha and beta. They are constantly throwing the term alpha around and with release so close in September, it's going to give people the wrong impression. People will just start assuming and spreading gossip that it was rushed if something goes awry.

I know it really is an alpha for what they are doing but they should just say they are testing so people are not thinking of development processes.
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overlord23  +   34d ago
The game needs some creatures in it to make it more alive and real surely the alien races would have some type of alien guard/attack dog creature maybe.
ArchangelMike  +   34d ago
That was actually one of the things that struck me. They should have random wildlife roaming around to give the world a more 'alive and living' feel.
Mikefizzled  +   34d ago
EA treat a full launch like a beta.
And a beta like an alpha.
And an alpha like an early dev build.
And an early dev build like a proof of concept.
Betafield 4.
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LazyGoron  +   34d ago
Excited for this game. The hype and buzz had died down until E3. The surprise "alpha" was a brilliant PR move. The hype built up some, and the response was amazing on the whole. There was it's issues. It looked beautiful (IMO) and I cannot imagine the graphics looking better at launch, I'm sure they will be.

I believe this game is going to surprise people with the staying power it has. I trust Bungie.
Douchebag696  +   34d ago
From what I've seen it seems to run very smooth. I hope the version I buy in September runs just as good. Man this game is going to be awesome.
SIX  +   34d ago
Really, this game and Phantom Pain are all I need. Everything else is just gravy.

EDIT:
I lied. Also, bloodborn.....actually, just Bloodborn lol.
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ArchangelMike  +   34d ago
The Witcher 3 as well... and Uncharted 4...

But for 2014, yeah the only game I need is definately Destiny.
english_learner  +   34d ago
This game will be huge disappointment.
DeadlyOreo  +   34d ago
I'm guessing you didn't play the alpha.
shammgod  +   34d ago
Hi Hater
english_learner  +   34d ago
I played
PvP is unbalanced
This game is too easy in Pve
Spider boss is a faceroll no chalange.
You don't get any punishment for death.
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dodgemoose  +   34d ago
I respectively disagree :)
LAWSON72  +   34d ago
I think for alot of people it actually will be, it is shaping up to be an MMO and a lot of people do not care for the genre. I hope I am wrong.
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Fixay  +   34d ago
A lot of dis agrees but a lot of what you said are good points lol

I really liked the Alpha and got sucked in fairly quick into doing Strikes and finding new gear.

- PVP unbalanced - I can sort of agree with, my main gripe were vehicles! Dam those things were overpowered as hell. Simply adding a cool down for the rockets would be a good way of preventing people from sitting in them all game.

- Bosses were not hard they just took a long time to kill due to them having so much HP. Kind of annoying and boring when all you have to do is shoot at the boss for 30 minutes and just dodge bullets.

- They should have made your gear begin to lower in stats after around 3 deaths. Similar to how MMO's work where you will then have to repair your gear back to 100%, this could be done using glimmer.
ArchangelMike  +   34d ago
Actually, having to repair your gear would be a fantastic idea. The more deaths the more damage your gear gets.
Douchebag696  +   34d ago
Troll......
Master-H  +   34d ago
Take notes EA and Rockstar.

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