If there’s one thing that rarely fails to rev up the engines of the gaming hype train, it’s an early look at an anticipated upcoming title. However, with the conclusion of the recent Destiny beta, it’s hard to deny the fact that for many, the excitement surrounding that game has hit an all-time high.
This makes it unsurprising that despite being only a glimpse of the full game, some gamers spent an extraordinary amount of time with the beta. As is often the case with game betas, though, changes often come to light in the time between completion and the game’s launch. These changes in turn come to manifest themselves as server and user content wipes, and as Bungie has revealed, the Destiny beta is no different.
According to the Bungie Weekly Update, gamers will have to say farewell to the faces – and helmets – that they got so accustomed to looking at over the course of the beta. So as to soften the blow, Bungie presented gamers with this news in the form of a love letter.
“Hey, handsome. Miss you. We had a lot of fun together, didn’t we?You were bold. Even in the darkest corners of Old Russia, your eyes burned with the same purple intensity that sent so many of your enemies into the Void.You stood fast in the face of danger. Hive Ogres shook the ground beneath your feet. The Lord of the Iron Banner put your skills to the test. Yet, after every mission, you returned triumphantly to the Tower. Humanity had nothing to fear — not on your watch.You were brave.And now, you are gone.You and millions of Guardians just like you. You helped us build a better world — all of you. But as great as that place has become, it’s a place that wouldn’t make sense to you anymore. Too much has changed.I’ll remember you, and millions of Guardians like you, for the things you taught us. Thank you for letting us learn from your adventures. We promise your sacrifice will not be in vain.See you starside.”
While this is par for the course in most betas, there are still sure to be some moments of silence for the hard-earned gear gamers have lost in this wipe. The game will not be seeing any major changes between now and release, but that doesn’t mean that the game that launches in September will be identical to its July beta counterpart. According to Bungie designer Tyson Green,
“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.”
Aside from concerns over location sizes and some of the game’s social features, the beta made quite the splash. With the knowledge that they will have to work hard to earn sequels, these tweaks will no doubt help in keeping up with gamers’ high expectations and improving upon features that may not have worked as originally intended.
While early 2015 is quickly becoming the new 2014 thanks to numerous delays, Destiny is still on track to give gamers a reason to keep their new hardware booted up. Its development may have found itself embroiled in small bouts of controversy, but it’s hard to deny the fact that what’s on display looks great, especially in 1080p, and more importantly feels great as well.
Will you be playing the same class in the full game that you played in the beta? What changes would you like to see made in the full game?
Destiny is set to launch on September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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