The Destiny Beta was a huge, huge event for gaming. It doesn’t hurt that it happened over the summer, which is typically a bit of a drought period for new games. Destiny is the first new IP that Bungie has launched since the launch of the first Halo game for the original Xbox, which is a huge, huge deal. Halo went on to become a defining game, a pop culture success that was beloved by just about everyone. That is why Destiny is such a big deal.
So how many people played Destiny during the beta? A whopping 4,638,937, which according to Bungie is some sort of record. [source]
“This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what’s to come.”
“We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta,” said Pete Parsons, COO of Bungie. “We surpassed even our own goals and the feedback was invaluable. We cannot thank the community enough, the response was humbling and in the weeks ahead we’ll be working hard to ensure that Destiny lives up to the expectations at launch.”