As a project helmed by the team behind Halo, their first game on PlayStation since that series’ inception, Destiny was always going to be a hot ticket title. From the moment it was announced, Destiny stirred up intrigue with its vague plot, and now that new footage of the game’s persistent online open world (made possible by a record breaking budget) has been released during E3 2014, prospective players can’t get their hands on it soon enough.
What also stirred up plenty of feelings — positive or otherwise — was that after a decade of being tightly held under Microsoft’s wing, Bungie has seemingly gotten just as cozy with Sony, announcing no shortage of exclusive deals. That exclusivity has been somewhat of a sore spot for Xbox gamers who felt that the long-standing allegiance to Bungie isn’t being considered, but for PlayStation gamers, it’s good news all around as Sony has now revealed the details of their Destiny partnership.
The biggest section of the Destiny and PlayStation deal is that the game will receive an exclusive Beta on Sony’s consoles. Details on what will be available in the Beta are scant but the official Destiny website states that it will be available to gamers “including most major modes and activities featured in the game” which makes sense given that the servers behind the connected game will need to be stress tested, especially during Destiny’s multiplayer firefights that can include dozens of players and tons of enemies.
As announced during Sony’s E3 2014 press conference, the aforementioned Destiny Beta will become available on July 17th, 2014. In order to get into the Destiny program players must first pre-order the game; but as pre-ordering a game through certain retailers is close to free, entrants will receive access to a large swathe of free (albeit technically still in development) content.
As if early access wasn’t enough of an exclusivity deal, Sony has also announced a brand new PS4 bundle. With a colour that’s rather coolly (no pun intended) titled “glacier white” the new PS4 will also come with a white DualShock 4 controller, a 500 GB harddrive, a copy of Destiny and a 30 day PlayStation Plus subscription which will be needed to take advantage of Destiny’s multiplayer. Set to be available upon Destiny’s launch on September 9th, the bundle will set North American consumers back by $449 while those on continental Europe can expect to buy the bundle for 439 Euros.
So confident is Sony in Destiny’s popularity and the positive hype surrounding the upcoming title, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also hinted at exclusive Destiny content on PlayStation at launch including weapons, missions, and more, although no further details were provided.
Nonetheless, what Destiny has to offer — on all consoles — is certainly going to grab the attention of a certain market – and it’s a safe bet that Bungie isn’t done showing off just yet.
Destiny will be released on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th, 2014.