Bungie’s long-awaited game, Destiny, was finally released today after setting the record for being the most pre-ordered new IP in video game history, just months after Ubisoft's Watch Dogs set a record for becoming the fastest selling new IP. The makers of the Halo franchise set another record this summer when Destiny had the biggest beta test of this generation — 4.6 million people tested Destiny in July. Check out our videos from the beta here.
Despite the contentious issue of a lack of early reviews, that hands-on strategy and massive marketing budget seems to have served Bungie well and has translated into positive sales numbers. Thanking the supporters of the game, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg stated in a press release today:
"Destiny has been a labor of love and a remarkable creative journey for everyone at Activision and Bungie. We feel that we have the opportunity to launch something huge — not just into the gaming landscape, but the pop cultural landscape. Arriving at our launch day with this much support and enthusiasm from fans and retailers is downright exciting. Moments like this just don't come around very often."
Destiny is an open world, online-only first-person shooter set in a new science fiction universe crafted by Bungie. Players take on the roles of Guardians in the last city on Earth and will travel throughout the solar system to rediscover treasures lost after the collapse of humanity. Recently, Bungie let players explore the world of Destiny by using Google Maps’ Street View technology to explore planets such as Mars in Destiny’s Planet View.
For more details on Destiny, check out our rundown of platform exclusives and our report on end-game content. Also, if you haven’t bought a next-gen console yet, fear not! Buying the game digitally on either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 will grant players a free pass for the full game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
If buying the game alone isn't enough for you, you can also buy the Destiny Expansion Pass, also available today. This will include two expansion packs that will come with new story, coop and multiplayer content, as well as new weapons, gear and armor. Priced at $34.99, the Expansion Pass will essentially save players $5, as the expansions are also available individually for $19.99. The first expansion, “The Dark Below,” is scheduled for a December release.
Did you pre-order Destiny like the rest of the world? Have you already beta tested it? What did you think of the game? And are you going to buy the Destiny Expansion Pass? Let us know in the comments!
Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.