In a press release issued by Activision, it was stated 4,638,937 unique players tested out the anticipated online multiplayer first-person shooter. The beta trial began on July 17th on the PS3 and PS4, expanded to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners on July 23rd, and closed on July 27th. The beta was originally available to those who pre-ordered Destiny, but became open to anyone with a Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus account on July 24th.
“This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date,” said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. “Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what’s to come. We’re counting down the days to our launch day, September 9th.” Bungie, the famed "Halo" series developer behind "Destiny," were also pleased with the overwhelming response to the beta. “We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta,” said Bungie COO Pete Parsons. "We surpassed even our own goals and the feedback was invaluable. We cannot thank the community enough, the response was humbling and in the weeks ahead we’ll be working hard to ensure that Destiny lives up to the expectations at launch.”
PlayStation players were the first to experience the world of "Destiny" in alpha form back in June. It was estimated almost 6.5 million games were played during the "Destiny" alpha on PS3 and PS4. Since then, "Destiny" has undergone numerous changes based on player feedback. The biggest change being the vocal performance of Peter Dinklage, who now sounds more robotic and now longer says the infamous "That Wizard came from the Moon" line from the alpha.
"Destiny" will launch September 9th on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles. PlayStation owners will receive timed-exclusive DLC content for the game lasting one year. A slideshow taken from the "Destiny" beta is available to view.