More people played the Destiny beta than previous Bungie titles, according to Bungie.
Bungie said 4.6 million players participated in the Destiny beta across the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. These millions of players created 6.5 million Guardians to populate the game’s world and destroy the Hive.
There were 853,235 concurrent players in the game, and players spent over 20 percent of their time at the Tower. Considering how many Destiny Tower dance party videos are on YouTube, I think we know what those players were doing.
Players launched over 88 million games, killed over 3.7 billion enemies, suffered over 164 million deaths, participated in over 12 million public events and revived fellow players over 61 million times.
Destiny’s Crucible mode combined the elements of MMO player versus player action with the traditional first-person shooter deathmatch, and it was a big attraction in the beta. Players participated in over 30 million activities and killed 30 million other players. They captured nearly 124 million zones in their struggle for supremacy.
One feature that appears to have gone unnoticed by most players was the Destiny companion app for smartphones. According to Bungie, 777,000 players used the app at some point during the beta, but that means just 16 percent of players paid attention to the app. Personally, I wasn’t even aware of the app’s existence.
The game’s beta began July 17 and lasted until 6:30 p.m. PDT on July 27. The beta was accessible to anyone with a code until it went public July 24. The beta began for PlayStation platforms before opening for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Sony is heavily supporting Destiny, especially for the PlayStation 4. The company announced a special Destiny PlayStation 4 bundle that comes with a solid white PlayStation 4 and controller at this year's E3. The bundle will be available the same day as Destiny.
According to Bungie, the Destiny beta was played more than the final version of any other Bungie game. This is also the first Bungie game available for platforms other than the current Microsoft console and PC in over a decade.
Destiny releases for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on Sep. 9.
Final words: Everyone who registered for SGC this year received a code for the Destiny beta regardless of whether you completed our survey, so I hope everyone had the chance to jump in and explore before the flood gates opened on July 24. Did you enjoy the Destiny beta? Are you interested in buying it? Let this be the hub for all Destiny discussion.