Role-playing shooter action game “Destiny” opened its beta to all users yesterday at 4 p.m. PDT. Bellevue, Washington-based developer Bungie made the announcement on Thursday via Twitter.
Open public downloads are scheduled to go live right about now. Please be patient as your preferred services come online.
â€” Bungie (@Bungie) July 24, 2014
"The Beta has been eye-opening so far," said Bungie on July 24. "We’ve watched the world of Destiny come to life. Guardians from every platform have arrived at the Tower from their battles in the wild. We have watched your adventures with great interest, and listened to your feedback. Your missions have provided us with volumes of discoveries we can use to prepare for the launch of Destiny in September."
The developer assured fans that it was actively listening to player feedback for the multiplayer game, which will launch Sept. 9 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
"Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test."
To gain access to the beta before Thursday at 4 p.m., players had to pre-order “Destiny” on one of its available platforms. The test launched for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 July 23 and will run until July 28. The beta opened for the PlayStation 3 and PS4 July 17 and will also close on the July 28.
“Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play ‘Destiny,’ look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon,” Bungie told fans.
“Destiny’s” alpha ran from June 12-16 -- and Bungie reported more than 6 million games were played during the test.
“Putting our Alpha out there lit a new kind of fire here at Bungie. It feels like we’ve been reborn. Putting alpha code out in the wild is always a risk; that build is ancient by our standards, riddled with content and bugs we’d never allow through to ship,” Bungie said on its blog in June. “In many cases, the really rough and jagged edges had been hammered smooth long ago, making it all the more difficult to see them discovered, but in just as many others, there’s still work to do, and the only way to get it done is to let you touch down in our world to tear the place wide open.”
Earlier this week, Xbox One owners experienced issues with “Destiny’s” beta. Due to the large amount of players attempting to log in, many people were met with a party stabilization error on the console.
During a test last week on the PS3 and the PS4, the high number of people trying to access the beta also caused the PlayStation Network store to crash, and many players found themselves unable to reach the title because of the large amount of people trying to log in to the system. The error read: “The service is currently undergoing maintenance -- E-820001F7.”
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