There won't be any pre-release reviews of Destiny because the game is impossible to assess without the involvement of the buying public.
That's what Bungie is arguing in a blog post that has warned gamers to be wary of any Destiny reviews that appear upon the game's release tomorrow.
Reviewers are only getting access to the game today and despite that fact that the review embargo lifts in the morning, anything written so quickly will be based on what the studio feels is an inadequate amount of time with the shooter.
Typically, games receive their report cards before they become available to the public,” the studio said. We don't believe Destiny is a typical shooter.
From the beginning, we set out to make Destiny feel like more than bits on a drive. We wanted to build a place for players to visit – a place filled with luminous life. Without a vibrant population for the last safe city on Earth, and Guardians roaming the wild frontiers, Destiny is a shadow of what it should be. That's not how we wanted to submit for review.
We explored several options to populate the world for reviewers. Our team estimates it would take thousands of gamers to ensure each potential public space in Destiny would be populated – that every activity would be accessible at all hours of the day and night. Where on Earth would we be able to find thousands of gamers?
For us, this is a first – a new experience. It's a bit of a risk, too. We fully anticipate seeing day one reviews from folks who decide to kick the tires, but don't have the time or patience to take our ride for a nice, long road trip. Some of you might wait to pick up a copy until you read the final verdict from your most trusted review house.
We're okay with that. We've created something we're proud of. So, reviews of Destiny will wait for your arrival. On day one, you'll be rubbing elbows with the pageant judges, so look sharp.