Bungie has just announced that their next game, Destiny, will be launching this September 9th 2014 and that the beta will be start sometime this summer.
“Today, in partnership with Activision, we are proud to announce that the worldwide launch of Destiny will happen on September 9th. Accordingly, the Destiny Beta will kick off in the summer of 2014, available first on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.”
It appears that Bungie has pushed back the release of both the beta and the game from their earlier announcement of Spring 2014 (Which was made during the beta announcement). Bungie has stated many times that they are treating their beta like a full product launch.
It appears that delaying games has been all too popular as of late. As much as I don’t like to wait any longer for game, especially this one, it is definitely understandable to insure the product is ready for launch.
Early this morning Activision put out a press release in regards to the rumours about the release date of Bungie’s next title, Destiny.
They have stated that Destiny will not be included in Activision’s 2013 outlook and “there should be no speculation or expectation of a different result”. So this means they have no plans for Destiny to release in 2013, so we’ll have to hope for 2014.
They also restated that Destiny is confirmed for the “the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, as well as other future console platforms”, which hints that Destiny will also be available for the next generation consoles; “The Xbox”, and “PlayStation 4”.
We have seen this before in video game history. For example, Call of Duty 3 was released November 7th 2006 for PlayStation 2 and then for PlayStation 3 when the new console launched just 10 days later on November 11th 2006. Similarly, the game was released for both Xbox and Xbox 360.
So this means that Destiny will not be a next-gen launch title for the Xbox or PlayStation 4; as we are expecting a PlayStation 4 announcement this week and speculation towards a Holiday 2013 launch time for both the new Xbox and PlayStation 4.
This rarely happens that a video game be released across different generations of consoles. So given the rarity and previous occurrences of this happening, we can speculate that Destiny will be releasing rather early in the next-gen consoles life.