Bungie plans to get as much use out of beta testing Destiny as they possibly can. Speaking to IGN on Nov 1, the game’s senior writer Eric Osborne revealed that the developer has paid close attention to the launch woes that Grand Theft Auto V’s online multiplayer mode has experienced and Bungie strives to steer clear of a similar fate with their own online gaming servers.
To this end, Bungie is determined to bring over a million players into the Destiny beta test so that they can get an idea of what a large number of people will do to their servers. Furthermore, the plan is to not have the beta come immediately before the game’s release. Instead there will be a delay between the test periods and Destiny’s eventual release so that the developer can actually make changes to the game based upon data and player feedback.
Osborne stated that, “From our perspective as a developer, it’s hard to fault GTA Online for caving under something like 10 million players trying to hit servers at the same time.” Bungie has rich experience in dealing with online multiplayer servers thanks to the Hallo series. As such the developer admits that there was little hope for new servers to be able to handle such large amounts of traffic, however the Destiny developer hopes to be a little more prepared for the launch rush which will surely put the game and its servers to the test.