Destiny’s Being Adjusted After Alpha Feedback, PlayStation Exclusive Content Detailed

Due to a combination of being in LA and jet lag, I missed the Destiny alpha test. But that’s okay, because everyone who played it will just be playing a worse version of the game. I’ll get to play it at the beta stage and be even more blown away.

You see, Bungie are reacting to all of your feedback, and have been watching how you play the alpha version of the game, which they said was “a small taste of all the things to come”. Jason Sussman, senior environment artist spoke of how the alpha will affect the future of the game:

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“We’re actively watching people and seeing what they do with our game so that we can make adjustments for the beta (coming later this year) and eventually roll these improvements out to the real game. We want to make sure that everyone is getting the best possible experience.

“We’re already making adjustments now – in a lot of ways visually but we’re also balancing things out a little bit. It’s a great way for us to interpret all of the data that goes into our systems.”

So, the alpha test was actually useful, rather than being simply a marketing tool. Speaking of which, PlayStation fans will be able to access exclusive content, and that’s been detailed too, with the exclusive co-op Strike and multiplayer map up first:

The Dust Palace Strike: An exclusive three-player cooperative Strike that can be played with friends or match made. You’ll track a Cabal extraction team through the husks of an ancient human skyscraper, the Dust Palace, buried in the shifting dunes of Mars and face a new enemy, the Psion Flayers.

The Exodus Blue Competitive Multiplayer Map: A mid-sized Crucible arena that pairs perfectly with Control and Skirmish game modes. The Exodus Blue, a long-dead vessel, once brought hope and humanity to worlds beyond Earth. Here, Guardians challenge one another, forging a new hope and future in the fires of the Crucible.

Then there’s the gear, weapons, and even a few ships in there for good measure:

Gear

For the Warlock class, Manifold Seeker armor that was built to help Warlocks survive the secret realms of the Vex.

For the Titan class, Vanir, a battle-tested armor set forged to protect Titans against the heavy firepower of the Cabal.

For the Hunter class, Argus, a durable all-environment wire-weave for those out to scout the frontier.

Weapons

The Monte Carlo, an exotic assault rifle, is a handcrafted showpiece with a sleek look that masks the cruel reality of its function — the efficient elegant delivery of war against any who would tarnish its legacy. Upgrades increase the weapon’s “hip fire” effectiveness and boost melee cool down, providing a firm grounding for close range domination.

The Hawkmoon, an exotic hand cannon, is a true gunslinger’s weapon — a smooth sidearm that makes every bullet count with intricate “hawk feather” etchings carved into the weapon’s silvered barrel. Damage boosts increase the combat effectiveness, making it a formidable weapon.

Ships

“Aurora Wake”

A hull lined with arcane instruments, crafted by a circle of Warlocks – gifting the ship with a preternatural sense for the strange.

“Crypt Hammer”

A deep-strike insertion variant, built to carry Guardians safely through contested space. Carries hardpoints once used to hold Suros TL-SEAD anti-radiation missiles.

“Outrageous Fortune”

A rugged, versatile explorer for those ready to gamble everything in search of ancient secrets and alien power.

Finally, the game will be a PlayStation exclusive title in Japan, which means it will be coming to only PS3 and PS4 over there. Destiny will launch worldwide on September 9th.

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3 Comments

  1. September. Stupid linear time!

    Think I’m gonna pass on the beta, or I’ll end up doing a MAG and have play too much before the official release :P (but having said that, I am horribly weak willed…)

  2. I can’t wait till the 9th of September. I actually miss playing the alpha at the moment.
    Definitely joining or setting up the TSA clan.

    • PS3 or PS4? Or does one clan do both formats?

      Either way +1 for the PS3!

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