Destiny Alpha Had Less Than 10% Of The Game

Just as many of you, I’ve been burning this weekend on Bungie‘s Destiny Alpha test (when I wasn’t watching the World Cup, admittedly). While I liked the game overall (look forward to detailed impressions soon), I’ve been a bit worried about the amount of content, especially for PvE; however, Designer Evan Nikolich came to my (and many others) rescue by clarifying on Twitter that Destiny Alpha contained less than 10% of the final game’s content, which is “huge”, with more planets, more strikes, more PvP maps and modes, more gear, a full campaign and “The Raid”.

He also left more than a window open for PC fans, when he answered a tweet asking if it was coming out on the platform with “Not yet. Never say never, though”:

Seeing Destiny on PC certainly looks like just a matter of time, then, with Activision CEO Erik Hirshberg stating to Polygon that it’s a natural fit and porting it over is a “heavy point of discussion”.

It is [a good fit], and it’s something we’re talking about and looking at very carefully, and obviously it makes a lot of sense with the genre and the type of game it is. Again, no announcements, but it’s something that’s a heavy point of discussion. And you asked how are we dealing with the complexity of developing for so many platforms, how about one more on top of that? You know, developing on PC is a different animal than developing for consoles and so we just want to make sure that we’re putting one foot in front of the other and getting it right, and that it’s of the highest possible quality. But obviously I see the same things about the natural fit.

The game already looks gorgeous on PlayStation 4, but surely a high-end PC could make it even better. If you played the Alpha, what do you think about Destiny and will you be playing the game on September 9th? As a reminder, it will launch on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4.

Alessio PalumboBy Alessio Palumbo (823 Posts)

Gaming writer since ages, now Founder and Editor in Chief of Worlds Factory. Clan Leader/Guild Master of La Legione del Drago, clan/guild of heroes jumping from a virtual world to another for the most epic (?) adventures ever seen.


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  • zbabas

    I would’ve been disappointed had this been anywhere near 10% of the game; On a side note : those grottos man, those grottos. Damaging as binaries aint much fun :P

  • Spencer

    I hope that this was like, less than 10% in each separate respect rather than overall.

    Like, less than 10% of earth, less than 10% of the loot and abilities, less than 10% of the PVP maps and modes, less than 10% of the strikes, etc.

    It was a very, very small slice.

    • http://www.worldsfactory.net/ Alessio Palumbo

      Agreed, I hope that as well. I found the open world to be smaller than I would have liked.

  • Guest

    Good, then I’m going to wait for the superior PC version. Already have enough of a backlog and if it is indeed near 10% of the game, then it isn’t much to write home about.

    • Spencer

      Except the PC version would just be a port of the PS4 version and wouldn’t be ‘superior’? Best you’d get is the ability to scale to higher res, and if you’re missing out and waiting a year or more for that, then lol.

      • Pavel M

        Yeah of course it will be higher res, but also higher framerate, here on PC we can go up to 144FPS.
        Besides that PC almost always gets better visuals, effect, textures, ect.
        You know, for example, on PC Watch Dogs can look as good as the 2012 E3 reveal, on PS4 it looks like dog shit.

        • Spencer

          HAHAHAHAHA you think Watch Dogs on PC looks like E3 2012? Lmfao. You just discredited everything you could say. What a joke.

          Oh, and PC doesn’t have better textures than current gen, which has more than enough Vram for the highest res textures. All the effects are the exact same. PC just has resolution and framerate, resolution is negligible on massive TVs, and framerate is imperceptible beyond 70 fps

          • Pavel M

            Yes there is a mod out for Watch Dogs that makes it look very close to what was revealed at E3 2012, but a consoletard like you would know nothing about that.
            Resolution is actually MORE important the bigger your screen is, so what fuck are you even talking about?
            Ohhh and framerate is imperceptible after 70? LOL I hope you didn’t bleed when you pulled that out of your ass.
            I play Battlefield on 120Hz monitor, the difference between 60 and 120 is night and day, but again, you know nothing about any of this.

            • Guest

              Get mental help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

              My PC is better than yours and I know more about technology than you. You are worthless demented human waste. Keep squirting that angry futile mustard everywhere. You aren’t changing anything.

              Apparently PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3.5 million sales lead, large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support have microsoft fanboys extremely upset, causing them to spread lies and hatred. Thankfully everyone is ignoring these children and buying PS4s like hotcakes anyway.

              Get mental help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them. Some severely mentally ill people are upset at PS4’s success and have to spread hate and lies, apparently.

              That’s a lot of lies and hatred over PS4’s stronger console hardware, ~3.5 million sales lead, large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support. 8+ million and counting. Nothing you say will stop it, you are helpless. Keep lying and hating while everyone else ignores you.

              Mustard peasant spreading lies and hatred. You must have issues to literally hate a piece of plastic and people who like gaming on consoles.

              The real “god gaming race” owns both a good PC and consoles, and they find your lies, hatred, and ignorance disgraceful. Keep crying and squirting that mustard everywhere.

              Mustards don’t have “a point”, they just hate anyone who doesn’t have the time, money, or interest in building and maintaining a PC, and hate the fact that consoles offer a comparable gaming experience and exclusive games they can’t have. Unless they grow up and buy a console themselves, which isn’t that expensive compared to their imaginary quad SLI 4k PCs.

              The most hateful, demented mustards have laughable mid-range PCs with GTX 650 Tis that can’t even run the latest games at 1080p 60 fps very high/ultra settings. They’re mostly poor peasants who pirate all their games and hate anything they can’t download off a torrent.

              All these delusional mustards thinking affordable 4k is coming next year, $150 mid range cards can do 1440p 60 fps in a few years, and mobiles will be as powerful as a 1.84 TF console in a few years. Good lord.

              Not everyone wants to game on PCs, if they wanted a gaming PC they would have bought one.

              PS4 has some interesting architecture benefits over traditional split CPU/GPU split memory pool PCs, and other GPGPU customizations. PS4 is comparable to a mid range PC at 1.84TF considering the APU and GPGPU architecture benefits and low level single platform coding. For $400 you get a lot of price/performance, more than a $400 PC would get you. PS4 is better than most PCs. PS4 will have lots of good exclusives, both console only and PS4 only. Wait for later 1st parties to show what PS4 can do.

              Xbox/PC fanboys seem to be on a war on people too poor or unwilling/unable to spend time and money buying, building, and maintaining a PC. Mustard race claiming they can afford multi-thousand dollar PCs but too poor to buy a $200-400 console.

              Both PS4 and Xbox will have good exclusive games, high end PCs are best for multiplatform games if you have the time, money, and effort to build and maintain one. Only deranged fanboys keep chewing their own legs off screaming about “PS4 peasants”.

              Oh boy, an article full of mustard racers chewing their own legs off screaming about peasants and bad PC ports. Not sure how they can hate other people who don’t have the time, money, and/or interest in building and maintaining a gaming PC.

              High end PCs will always be a tiny market, most PC gaming is done on low end PCs playing League of Legends, WoW, or other F2P or MMOs. Console game sales sustain the AAA industry, they’ll get the majority of developer focus most of the time in multiplatform games. Just because someone builds a $1000+ PC doesn’t mean anyone is obligated to make games for them.

              I assume you pirate everything including Windows. PC master parasite more like it. Console game sales sustain the AAA industry. If it were all PC most games would be free to play or always online MMO type games that can’t be pirated, i.e. League of Legends, World of Warcraft, etc.

              You sound upset that developers aren’t catering to the tiny number of high end PC users that actually pay for their games.

              PS4 is raising the bar, it’s stronger than most PCs. You’re not getting a console that costs $400 and performs like an $1000 PC.

              High end PCs will always be a tiny market, most PC gaming is done on low end PCs playing League of Legends, WoW, or other F2P or MMOs. Just because someone builds a $1000+ PC doesn’t mean anyone is obligated to make games for them.

              Targeting the widest range of consumers is called “business”, not “holding back innovation”. You’re making irrational demands for businesses to target the tiny number of high end PCs instead of the relatively gigantic number of mobiles, low end PCs/laptops, and consoles.

              8+ million PS4s and counting. Nothing you say will stop it, you are helpless. Keep lying and hating while everyone else ignores you.

              PS4 has great price/performance value for $400. They aren’t going to sell $900 consoles for $600 anymore like the PS3. That’s business suicide.

              Businesses exist to make money, that’s why PS4 has the specs and price it does. Your expectations for a $400 box are what’s ridiculous. Wait for Naughty Dog to show what PS4 is really capable of.m

          • Steven Chapman

            Spencer you’re a retard there is a mod that unlocked the graphic pack they used in E3 2012

            • Spencer

              Yeah and besides making pretty screenshots it’s garbage, making the game hard to play, hard to read, and hurting performance. I can see why they cut it.

        • Guest

          Get mental help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

          My PC is better than yours and I know more about technology than you. You are worthless demented human waste. Keep squirting that angry futile mustard everywhere. You aren’t changing anything.

          Apparently PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3.5 million sales lead, large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support have microsoft fanboys extremely upset, causing them to spread lies and hatred. Thankfully everyone is ignoring these children and buying PS4s like hotcakes anyway.

          Get mental help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them. Some severely mentally ill people are upset at PS4’s success and have to spread hate and lies, apparently.

          That’s a lot of lies and hatred over PS4’s stronger console hardware, ~3.5 million sales lead, large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support. 8+ million and counting. Nothing you say will stop it, you are helpless. Keep lying and hating while everyone else ignores you.

          Mustard peasant spreading lies and hatred. You must have issues to literally hate a piece of plastic and people who like gaming on consoles.

          The real “god gaming race” owns both a good PC and consoles, and they find your lies, hatred, and ignorance disgraceful. Keep crying and squirting that mustard everywhere.

          Mustards don’t have “a point”, they just hate anyone who doesn’t have the time, money, or interest in building and maintaining a PC, and hate the fact that consoles offer a comparable gaming experience and exclusive games they can’t have. Unless they grow up and buy a console themselves, which isn’t that expensive compared to their imaginary quad SLI 4k PCs.

          The most hateful, demented mustards have laughable mid-range PCs with GTX 650 Tis that can’t even run the latest games at 1080p 60 fps very high/ultra settings. They’re mostly poor peasants who pirate all their games and hate anything they can’t download off a torrent.

          All these delusional mustards thinking affordable 4k is coming next year, $150 mid range cards can do 1440p 60 fps in a few years, and mobiles will be as powerful as a 1.84 TF console in a few years. Good lord.

          Not everyone wants to game on PCs, if they wanted a gaming PC they would have bought one.

          PS4 has some interesting architecture benefits over traditional split CPU/GPU split memory pool PCs, and other GPGPU customizations. PS4 is comparable to a mid range PC at 1.84TF considering the APU and GPGPU architecture benefits and low level single platform coding. For $400 you get a lot of price/performance, more than a $400 PC would get you. PS4 is better than most PCs. PS4 will have lots of good exclusives, both console only and PS4 only. Wait for later 1st parties to show what PS4 can do.

          Xbox/PC fanboys seem to be on a war on people too poor or unwilling/unable to spend time and money buying, building, and maintaining a PC. Mustard race claiming they can afford multi-thousand dollar PCs but too poor to buy a $200-400 console.

          Both PS4 and Xbox will have good exclusive games, high end PCs are best for multiplatform games if you have the time, money, and effort to build and maintain one. Only deranged fanboys keep chewing their own legs off screaming about “PS4 peasants”.

          Oh boy, an article full of mustard racers chewing their own legs off screaming about peasants and bad PC ports. Not sure how they can hate other people who don’t have the time, money, and/or interest in building and maintaining a gaming PC.

          High end PCs will always be a tiny market, most PC gaming is done on low end PCs playing League of Legends, WoW, or other F2P or MMOs. Console game sales sustain the AAA industry, they’ll get the majority of developer focus most of the time in multiplatform games. Just because someone builds a $1000+ PC doesn’t mean anyone is obligated to make games for them.

          I assume you pirate everything including Windows. PC master parasite more like it. Console game sales sustain the AAA industry. If it were all PC most games would be free to play or always online MMO type games that can’t be pirated, i.e. League of Legends, World of Warcraft, etc.

          You sound upset that developers aren’t catering to the tiny number of high end PC users that actually pay for their games.

          PS4 is raising the bar, it’s stronger than most PCs. You’re not getting a console that costs $400 and performs like an $1000 PC.

          High end PCs will always be a tiny market, most PC gaming is done on low end PCs playing League of Legends, WoW, or other F2P or MMOs. Just because someone builds a $1000+ PC doesn’t mean anyone is obligated to make games for them.

          Targeting the widest range of consumers is called “business”, not “holding back innovation”. You’re making irrational demands for businesses to target the tiny number of high end PCs instead of the relatively gigantic number of mobiles, low end PCs/laptops, and consoles.

          8+ million PS4s and counting. Nothing you say will stop it, you are helpless. Keep lying and hating while everyone else ignores you.

          PS4 has great price/performance value for $400. They aren’t going to sell $900 consoles for $600 anymore like the PS3. That’s business suicide.

          Businesses exist to make money, that’s why PS4 has the specs and price it does. Your expectations for a $400 box are what’s ridiculous. Wait for Naughty Dog to show what PS4 is really capable of.

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