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Destiny's demo had a bumpy start this week with some players unable to actually play it. Bungie announced that this major bug has now been resolved, though.
The bug was found in the Xbox One version of the Destiny trial. Players would download the massive file and get a "Trial Expired" message before they even played it.
"We have resolved the issue and all Trial downloads will now work as expected," Bungie said in their Weekly Update. "Any players who received the 'Trial Expired' message should access the store page and redownload the Trial."
The free trial for Destiny was released for all platforms on November 18th. It allows players to create a character and progress to level 7. They'll have access to the first five story missions on Earth and be able to visit the Tower to buy equipment. Trial members can also get a taste of the co-op by playing 3-player Strike "The Devil's Lair." In other words, it's comparable to the beta from this summer.
If you decide to buy Destiny, your progress will then carry over to the full version. In order to transfer your progress, though, you'll need to stay within the same console family (PS3/PS4 or Xbox 360/Xbox One).
The demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 works slightly different than its new-gen counterparts. The download size is much smaller: 6 GB, as opposed to 40GB on Xbox One and PS4. However, the flipside is that PS4 and Xbox One owners can upgrade to the full version without downloading anything else. They've already got the files for the full game on their console by downloading the trial.
This weekend is a good time to upgrade if you enjoyed the demo. Both PSN and Xbox Live are offering the new-gen and last-gen versions of the game at a discount for Black Friday.
Bungie is holding a Black Friday sale of their own through their website. They've marked down all the merchandise on their site by 20% through December 1st. Their waves include Destiny-themed clothing, posters, pint glasses and more. To get the discount, use the promo code "BLACKFRIDAY" at checkout.
The developers didn't have much to announce during the Weekly Update besides the free trial fix and the Black Friday sale. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, they decided to devote much of the post to thanking gamers for their support.
"We’re thankful for everything that happened this year: the launches, world-firsts, the hard learnings, the updates, the forum chatter, and the moment when we gleefully surrendered complete and total control of our game to its rightful owners," Bungie said. "We’re thankful that we can take a day or two off and see the people we missed while we were wrestling this new creation the ground, bundling it for mass consumption, and launching it out of a cannon."
"Most of all, we’re thankful for you. Thanks for playing."