Bungie's open-world multiplayer shooter Destiny will be released next September, The later-than-expected launch date is accompanied by a delay in the multiplayer beta.
"We first shared the design pillars of Destiny less than one year ago," Bungie said on their website. "We promised to redefine what players should expect from a Bungie game. We said we wanted to change the way people play games together. We set our bar high. For us, Destiny represents a once in a lifetime opportunity."
"Since then, Destiny has continued to reveal its promise. Every new build brings us closer to our original vision. With those goals in sight, we intend to use every moment from now until the release of the game to ensure that Destiny lives up to your expectations, and our own."
Destiny will now launch on September 9th worldwide. The release date presumably applies to all four platforms of the game: PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One.
Bungie previously announced that the closed beta for Destiny would be held in early 2014. Now the test is scheduled to begin in Summer 2014. PS4 and PS3 gamers will be able to access the free sample first.
Destiny takes place hundreds of years in the future. Mankind has been decimated by alien invasions and is now huddled in a single city in Earth. The players are Guardians, elite soldiers who travel into space to fight alien threats to humanity and reclaim Earth's former colonies from their grasp. They can tackle these missions alone or use on-the-fly matchmaking to team up with other players.
This game is Bungie's first new release since stepping away from the Halo franchise. Bungie and publisher Activision believe the Destiny universe will be around for at least ten years. In other words, there's a lot of pressure for the studio to get the game right. Can you blame them for taking the slow and steady approach to development?
If you're a console gamer looking for a silver lining in this late release date, consider how much luckier you are than PC gamers. Bungie previously said that developing a PC version of Destiny would spread them too thin. If they did develop for that platform, it would be after the four console versions are available. In other words, PC gamers probably wouldn't get their hands on the game until 2015.
We'll find out more about Destiny tonight during Spike VGX, the retooled version of the Spike Video Game Awards. Bungie says that the show will feature "a look at Destiny for the masses that includes one or two new details for you."