Bungie wants a million gamers "crashing against" Destiny beta

Destiny developer Bungie is hoping to get a ton of testers in on the game’s beta in hopes to avoid many of the issues the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online faced.

Speaking with IGN, Bungie senior writer Eric Obsborne discussed how the team needs a large number of gamers to take part in beta testing Destiny to push servers and expose any system flaws ahead of official launch.

"From our perspective as a developer, it’s hard to fault GTA Online for caving under something like 10 million players trying to hit servers at the same time," Osborne said.

"We need people to play story, multiplayer and co-op. We need them to go and create characters so we can understand those systems and what they mean for us. We need lots of people to hit the servers at the same time, see how they use guns and play the early stuff, what the competitive multiplayer looks like with many different levels.

Working on Destiny every day doesn’t compare with a million gamers crashing against it."

The studio has clearly taken note ofwhat happens when online game releases don’t go as planned, and will look to go the extra mile in order to avoid any launch day disasters.

[Bungie doesn’t want to] rely on guesswork. We’re going to push as many people against it as possible. We’ll forge it in fire and hopefully that’ll make it a better experience day one for everybody."

Destiny is due out in Q2 2014 – with its beta planned for Q1 – on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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