Last weekend, hundreds of gamers were given their first taste of Bungie‘s new MMO-like shooter Destiny in the game’s brief Alpha test. And although a lot has been made of the game’s voice acting, specifically that of Peter Dinklage, many came away excited to see more of what Destiny has to offer.
In addition to the launch of the Alpha, Bungie also rolled out a brief test for their Android companion app. The app helps Destiny players keep track of their various stats and story progression without having to dig through menus for the information.
That being said, the app itself is fairly basic, only showing players some rudimentary information about their Destiny progress. Curious gamers who don’t have access to the Android platform (the app is also coming to iOS at launch) can check out the gallery above or below for a closer look as to what we mean.
Obviously, there is still room for improvement with the Destiny companion app, as right now the software doesn’t even show the player’s Guardian. What is there, however, could prove useful to Destiny players come launch, as accessing this info in-game isn’t easy. And for those who love stats like kills, deaths, assists, etc., the app should prove useful for surfacing those player details for offline bragging as well.
Moreover, our experience with the Alpha has shown that inventory and gear management could be a little more streamlined, specifically when trying to determine which items are worth holding onto, and the app seems to handle that nicely. The app also includes the various cards players collect along their adventure, which include more information about the alien races and locales the player will encounter.
The app even helps players keep track of their stats in The Crucible, Destiny’s PvP competitive multiplayer element. For a while, Bungie had been keeping quiet about PvP, promising that they had something exciting to show players, but we finally went hands-on with the multiplayer at E3 2014.
By now, Bungie has likely said, and even shown, all they need to say about Destiny, but players still have a beta to look forward to in July. The beta is exclusive to pre-order holders and launches first on PlayStation platforms. So, even if you missed out on the Alpha there’s still an opportunity to both see how Destiny plays and to test out this companion app before the game launches in September.
What do you think of the Destiny companion app? What additional features would you like to see added to the app?
Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.