As of the Destiny Update 1.1.2, Bungie added a Jukebox in Destiny located in the Tower and it has an audio Easter egg, a Siege of Madrigal Remix!
Just head to the hangar side and down these stairs to the bar. When you activate it, it plays a random 20 second song. There appears to be 9 different songs, including Hope For The Future by Paul McCartney, a rock remix of Destiny’s Cabal theme soundtrack, a banjo remix of the Destiny theme, and a Siege of Madrigal Remix!
Bungie used Siege of Madrigal in the game Myth and it has since appeared as Easter Eggs in ever Halo game made by Bungie – Halo CE, Halo CE Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo Reach. These Easter eggs also appeared in their respective locations in the Master Chief Collection with achievements!
And now you can add Destiny to the list – I’m just surprised it took them this long to decide to add it into their game, since it’s been in every Bungie game since Myth.
Bungie officially confirmed in their weekly update that they will indeed wipe the Destiny servers, effectively eliminating all of your Guardians and any loot you may have stored in the vaults. Therefore your characters and gear from the Beta will not transfer over to the final version of the game come September 9th.
Tyson Green, a designer at Bungie gives us some reasoning and explains that
“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.”
Bungie has assured us that this will be the last time you’ll have to say good-bye to your Guardian. On September 9th you’ll create a Guardian and (hopefully) a long lasting friendship.
Who said Warlocks aren’t frabjous enough?
This news was expected but nevertheless a little painful, especially since many Guardians reached the Beta level cap fairly quickly and began hording weapons and gear beyond that level in the vaults hoping to see them again. However Bungie has told us yet again that we have only just scratched the surface with the Beta and “there is so much left to do – much left to earn and master”.
It’s time to look beyond the horizon and imagine the frabjous gear and weapons that await us.
Bungie’s Beta for Destiny was simply put, amazing, and the stats rightfully show! 6.5 million Guardians were created and “at its peak, the Destiny Beta became the most simultaneously played Bungie game of all time. There were more people online at the same time to play Destiny than any other game in our history. The Beta was more played than even final versions of previous Bungie games.” That number of concurrent players was over 850,000.
If you participated in the Destiny Beta at any time, you’ll have earned this exclusive emblem for the retail release of Destiny
If you specifically played the Destiny Beta on July 26th to help Bungie with their stress test of the Beta, you’ll have also earned this exclusive emblem for the trail release of Destiny.
According to Gamesradar, PlayStation will get 4 days of exclusive Destiny Beta access before those on Xbox. What do you think? Destiny Beta is set for July and dates will be confirmed at E3. This is unconfirmed information but appears to be pretty legitimate.
Round up of Halo news/rumors with a little Destiny. Halo TV Series by Spielberg deal with Showtime, Destiny Beta announced for July, Halo 5 Open World Rumors, and Halo Mash-Up pack for Minecraft announced.
The latest Destiny news and rumors reveal that the beta for Destiny is right around the corner and scheduled to open in July. As you may know, Bungie has been teasing gamers and plans on announcing more details about the beta at this years E3 (the game is also going to be playable there).
Many fans are predicting a July 7th release as Bungie is obsessed with the Number 7 (7/7/2014). The image below comes from an Activision Financial Q&A presentation. Source here.
This information has yet to be confirmed but Gameinformer is reporting that
“Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg says that the game is on track for release on September 9 and may set a record for the largest numbers of pre-orders for a new IP. Players will get access to the public beta in July.”
We well just have to wait till E3 for now to get the official details. Unless Bungie decides to follow the recently popular trend of early acknowledgments and confirmations because of leaks (Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, etc… have all exercised this recently).
It is still unknown how much earlier Playstation (PS3 and PS4) users will be able to play the beta.
Beneath the ruins of the Cosmodrome, in the shadow of an old colony ship, we’ve located the House of Devils’ lair. Fight the Fallen, burn back the Hive, and clear a path that leads straight into E3, Beta, and beyond.
Gamestop/EB Games have confirmed an exclusive pre-order bonus for Bungie’s upcoming game Destiny. A Sparrow is a personal vehicle that players can summon on the fly. With this pre-order bonus you’ll get access to an upgraded version right from the start, but these upgrades can be attained through normal gameplay, however the red paint job is exclusive to those who pre-order at Gamestop and EB Games locations.
Boost your adventure. Get an Exclusive Upgraded Red Sparrow with improved acceleration and better top speed when you Pre-order Destiny at GameStop. Power to the Players.
Sparrows are rapid deployment vehicles designed to get you where you need to go at breakneck speed. Along with the custom paintjob, this exclusive, prototype version features upgraded initial acceleration and higher top speed than the standard model. To compensate for the boost, the hull has also been fitted with enhanced armor plating.
*Upgraded Sparrow paint job exclusively available to those that pre-order until 1/1/15. Sparrows with better acceleration, higher top speed and higher durability plating can also be attained through gameplay.
“One of the Sparrows is called the Shrike, but all Sparrows are Sparrows and that was totally the plan all along.” – Eric Osborne @UrkMcGurk
Marty O’Donnell, Bungie’s longtime veteran composer has been terminated by Bungie’s Board of Directors on April 11th, 2014. O’Donnell joined Bungie in 1999 after composing the music for both Myth and Oni. He then worked on the Halo series from the iconic theme of the original through to Halo: Reach.
O’Donnell was working with Mike Salvatori & Sir Paul McCartney for Bungie’s highly anticipated game Destiny, which is set to release September 9th, 2014.
I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.
According to the tweet by O’Donnell, he has be terminated without cause. Bungie has yet to comment, but this is breaking news. I’ll update this article accordingly as information is released.
UPDATE: Bungie has made a comment. Written by David Dague, Bungie Community Manager (better known to the community as DeeJ)
“There are those who said this day would never come…
For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.
Hello everyone Chief here back yet again with some breaking Destiny news. During Spike TV’s Video Game Award show, now known as VGX a relatively new gameplay trailer was revealed. It’s a little unfortunate seeing old footage again but there are some beautiful new looks intermittently throughout the video. Bungie is a master at teasing us. It would have been nice to have seen the HUD during some of these scenes – which always provides further juicy details.
Within this trailer we get some great (and relatively brief) new looks at the pike vehicle, competitive multiplayer, some guardian supers in action, and fireteams facing off against the many enemies within Destiny – The Vex, Cabal, The Fallen with on of them at the receiving end of a throwing knife, and the Hive. Also including more angles of Phogoth – the Hive boss and another unknown floating Hive enemy that the community has dubbed the “Hive Queen”.
Most of the footage however is old or just new angles of previously seen footage. Bungie is definitely knows how to make their viewers beg for more.