A recent earnings report from Activision reveals that the beta for Bungie’s MMOFPS Destiny is planned to begin this summer.
When Activision announced that Destiny‘s beta would be pushed back a few months, gamers across the globe shook their fists in disdain. The beta is offered as one of the principal incentives for pre-ordering the game, especially PlayStation owners who get first dibs at beta access. With the September launch date ever-nearing, Bungie fans keep asking that familiar question–when will the beta start?
Now Activision has finally given us an answer.
In a recent earnings report, the publisher reveals that Destiny‘s beta is scheduled to start in July–mere months ahead of the game’s official release.
Two months may be enough time for the studio to hone the beta’s rough edges in preparation for the September launch, and the extra development time from the delay certainly gave Bungie a head-start. Activision appears to have quite a bit of stake in Destiny‘s success, as there are reports that the publisher has invested upwards of $500 million to manifest the game.
Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick is confident that Destiny will be a top contender for 2014’s gaming lineup, and event went so far as to claim that it may be the company’s next “billion dollar franchise“.
The earnings report continues to show prosperity for the publisher, with Call of Duty: Ghosts seeing monumental sales and performance across next-gen platforms, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls becoming the #1 PC title across the U.S. and Europe within the first quarter.
Apart from Destiny, Activision has quite a busy 2014 lineup: the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (a next-gen port of the original game as well as the new DLC) is slated for a release “later this year”, and a new Skylanders title hitting in October. November brings the newly announced Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will release “no later than December 20, 2014″.
No pinpointed start date has been released thus far for the Destiny beta, but July seems like a safe bet as it gives the studio time enough to prepare the game for an explosive launch–we can only guess the strain that will be put on the servers, and if both Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network will go down or not.
Destiny is slated for a release on Sept. 9, 2014 across current- and next-gen consoles. For more information please visit the game’s official website.