And in a weird, perverse way it’s sort of your fault. Yes. You.
Usually when video games aren’t sent out to reviewers early there’s a modicum of cynicism. Are they afraid of the potential reviews? Does the publisher want all those sweet day one sales before bad word of mouth gets out?
With Destiny that wasn’t too much of a concern. We’d already had a taste of the game with the pre-release Alpha and then the broader scale Beta, but still — why was Bungie and Activision so reluctant to provide reviewers with early copies of the game in time for launch day reviews? Was there something wrong with the game? What was the problem?
In its most recent weekly update Bungie addressed concerns that major websites weren’t being provided early access to Destiny before its release.
“Typically, games receive their report cards before they become available to the public. We don’t believe Destiny is a typical shooter,” reads the update.
“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?
“The answer, again, is you.
“So, reviews of Destiny will wait for your arrival. On day one, you’ll be rubbing elbows with the pageant judges, so look sharp. Who knows, you may end up on one of their live streams. They may end up on one of yours, too!
“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.”
Time will tell if the game can live up to the hype.
My copy of Destiny arrived early yesterday morning, well in advance of the servers being launched at 10pm Sydney time. This is how old and crap I am. I sat, controller in hand, eagerly anticipating 10pm. I suffered through The Block with my wife and then some other garbage show I’ve forgotten the name of.
At around 9pm I started feeling a bit drowsy. FIGHT IT MARK. FIGHT THIS. STAY UP PAST YOUR BEDTIME YOU CAN DO THIS.
By 9.45pm I was fast asleep.
Old. Man. Serrels.