In an official statement posted on Bungie’s official website, community manager David “DeeJ” Dague addressed the recent reports of a Destiny Alpha, calling it an internal test only made available for Bungie employees. Looks like fans will have to wait until the Beta to get their first taste of Destiny. Here’s the full note:
- The Destiny Alpha has only been made available to Bungie employees. What this means for you is that we’re making great headway.
- At E3, attendees will be able to play our competitive multiplayer, putting their skills to the test in intense, skill-based arenas.
- For fans, the Destiny Beta will be the big, pre-launch hands-on experience. You can secure a spot by pre-ordering Destiny at participating retailers.
“It’s awesome to see that you’re excited,” Dague added. “We’re excited, too. Alpha is paving the way for a great E3, Beta, and launch on September 9th, and we can’t wait for you to play.”
A Destiny Alpha may be on the table for early June if a recently spotted listing on Sony’s PlayStation Network is to be believed.
Reddit user SPUTNIKZ came across the page on the PlayStation 4’s PSN after following steps to join a Bungie designer on his friends list who was allegedly playing the “Destiny First Look Alpha.” According to SPUTNIKZ’s post, it prompted him to visit this overview page:
Fellow Reddit user SCZ was able to confirm a similar sighting, lending some serious legitimacy to SPUTNIKZ’s findings.
Thus far, developer Bungie has made no mention of a Destiny Alpha, only confirming that a Destiny Beta is indeed coming to all consoles sometime in July, first on PS4 and PS3. An exact date is expected to be announced during Bungie’s presentation at E3 2014.
It’s possible that the studio is planning a smaller Alpha test for only a select few individuals before launching into a full beta with any and all users who’ve pre-ordered the game, but we don’t know for certain. The release date does fall on a day that the PSN regularly updates, but launching prior and so close to this year’s E3 suggests to us that it may be a more limited event.
Should Bungie make any official announcements regarding a public Destiny Alpha, you’ll be able to catch the news right here.