Destiny 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year and right now its beta is in full swing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players seem to be having a great time getting a sneak peek at the game and Bungie has since stated that the beta has been “amazingly helpful” for the development team.
According to Bungie’s weekly blog post producer Jared Berbach wrote:
“The analogy I always give is that the beta is the plow on the front of the train that blasts all the snow off the tracks to clear our path. We had many updates to the original, but Destiny 2 is a brand-new game using brand new technology in order to deliver an awesome experience. This new technology needs a lot of testing.”
He added: “This testing ultimately helps us validate that our new server model is working as we thought it would, and at the quality and scale we had hoped. It helps us evaluate our new tech advancements, including enhancements you’ll understand more fully when you play the full game. Ultimately, it paves the way for us to have a much smoother launch.”
Player feedback is also a vital part of the beta and the game’s design lead Rob Engeln stated that the beta is actually a version of the game that’s months old and that many issues have already been fixed. The scarcity of power ammo is one such example, with Engeln stating: “In addition to retuning the drop rates, we built a system that guarantees power ammo drops for you and your Fireteam from certain enemies, giving power weapons a more reliable and predictable role in your arsenal,” Engeln said. “Other areas where we’ve made significant tuning changes include grenade effectiveness in PvE, Boss vitality, and weapon damage against non-player combatants.”
The Destiny 2 beta is currently live and is set to wrap up on July 23. No doubt Bungie will then release all the player stats to give us an indication of how popular it was.