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'Destiny' alpha and beta tests clarified by Bungie

Destiny First Look Alpha
Destiny First Look Alpha
Photo courtesy of Reddit user SPUTNiKZ, used with permission

Bungie was forced to make a statement on the status of the alpha and beta tests for “Destiny” on Sunday following one of the game’s developers being spotted playing the game’s alpha online.

The dustup started when a Reddit user named SPUTNiKZ spotted a Bungie employee playing “Destiny” on PSN. “I'm friends with a Bungie employee on PSN and logged on to see him in a session of Destiny Public Alpha. Followed the steps to join his game, and it took me to this page on the PSN Store,” he said. “Looking like the public alpha starts June 3rd.”

The image shared shows a listing on the PSN Store for “Destiny First Look Alpha” with a date of June 3, 2014. Understandably, this caused a stir in the online fan community for the game and one that Bungie slapped down quickly.

“Last night, we noticed you noticing us internally testing the Destiny Alpha. Here’s what that means for you,” community manager Deej wrote in a post on Bungie.net. “The Destiny Alpha has only been made available to Bungie employees. What this means for you is that we're making great headway.”

In other words, Bungie has taken the testing of “Destiny” out of the comfy confines of the studio and is allowing employees to test the game from home. This allows them to hunt for bugs in the game that could be caused by the real world.

So when will fans get their hands on “Destiny?” “At E3, attendees will be able to play our competitive multiplayer, putting their skills to the test in intense, skill-based arenas,” Deej explained. “For fans, the Destiny Beta will be the big, pre-launch hands-on experience.”

The “Destiny” beta is currently scheduled to start sometime in July. The PS4 and PS3 will get it first followed by the Xbox One and Xbox 360. You can pre-order the game from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop to guarantee access.