The official launch of Destiny is merely hours away (depending on where you live in the world) and the anticipation for the title is at an all time high. While the game carries much of what we’re used to with big budget AAA titles at release time: midnight launches, TV campaigns, and an online marketing blitz, what you might have noticed is that you’re not seeing a pre-release review. And there’s a reason for that, the team at BUNGiE says the game is missing one important piece: YOU.
Destiny’s community manager Deej took to the Bungie Weekly Update to address concerns of folks digging around the depths of the internet in search of a proper Destiny review and coming up empty:
Typically, games receive their report cards before they become available to the public. We don’t believe Destiny is a typical shooter. You could experience the storyline, jump into a few rounds of competitive multiplayer, and form a Fireteam of friends and take on all the Strikes and you would just be getting started. Those activities are critical components of Destiny, but they are also a foundation for so much more.
After thousands of internal playtests, an internal Alpha, and a public Beta, we’ve also learned that Destiny isn’t Destiny without the most crucial component to our living, social world: 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!
Deej also took the time to express caution of outlets who will surely rush into the game to get the review up on day one instead of putting in the work to really find out what the game is all about. He doesn’t completely dismiss those reviews but explains why that kind of review may not display the best representation of what the game has to offer.
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.
I’m sure that there are plenty of outlets and industry experts (who are usually treated to early access) that are upset about this, but the mindset of the team at BUNGiE is admirable. They made something that they’re proud of and they know what it takes to make it look its best on opening day.