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Bungie says Destiny beta was the 'tip of the iceberg,' Mercury's role discussed

Ready for your turn at Destiny?
Ready for your turn at Destiny?
Permission to use photo given by Activision

There was some discussion about the size of Destiny, but Bungie has assured people there will be plenty for players to explore come Sept. 9. We know about a lot of planets and locations in Destiny, but Bungie let us in on some new details regarding the planet Mercury.

Before we go to Mercury though, the beta was an extremely valuable learning time for both players and Bungie. Jesse van Dijk, who is the lead concept artist on Destiny, talked about how big the beta was and explained how content is discovered.

"That cross-section of the experience is going to be very different from the experience from the beta, which was just the tip of the iceberg. It's not so much just a vertical branching out into more content, but it is also a horizontal one. We're offering you different ways to experience all of this world," van Dijk said.

The beta was great for both Bungie and the fans who had the chance to play it. Not only did Bungie learn about how fans reacted to the game, but it gave millions of people the chance to truly see what Destiny is. It was always difficult to convey what the game is without actually having people play it, so the beta helped serve that purpose.

Size doesn't always matter, as sometimes the gameplay and diversity within it is just as important as overall size. Jonty Barnes, who is Bungie's director of production, said the studio wasn't worried about the game being too small and then detailed what players will find when they go to Mercury.

"For us in the studio, it was not something we were instantly worried about. The one thing we're not worried about Destiny is, is there enough game there? I can assure you, it's a huge undertaking. It's a huge game. I don't think anyone's got anything to worry about.

"Oh, and Mercury. There is a multiplayer map, which is the only time you get to visit Mercury on the launch content of Destiny 1. And it's called The Burning Shrine. It's one of the most beautiful multiplayer maps. It's right by the sun so the skybox is incredible. Also it has changing Vex blocks, so your sightlines can be totally disrupted during competitive multiplayer. It's by far my favorite map, because it's changing reality," Barnes said.

The fall release season is just about here and Destiny will be launching on Sept. 9. You can pick up the game on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Thanks, Eurogamer!

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