During the conference call following Activision Blizzard’s earnings release where a net revenue of $1,111 million for Fiscal Year 2014 was announced, the publisher mentioned that it believes that Bungie’s upcoming Destiny is setting records for pre-orders of a new IP.
In addition to that, it was stated that Destiny will be showcased at E3 “with our great partner Sony,” which most probably means that we’ll see new gameplay during Sony Computer Entertainment’s press conference.
One of the analysts also asked during the conference call if Activision isn’t worried about launching in a rather crowded timeframe, with several strong franchises releasing at the same time, but the response was negative, as the publisher believe that Destiny is a “Breakthrough game” and has what it takes to find a meaningful audience. Grand Theft Auto V was brought as an example of a great action game launched in a crowded window, but that still managed to achieve record-breaking sales.
Finally, the slides coming with the earnings release included the mention that the game’s beta will come in July, which is a little later than I hoped, but definitely soon enough to be excited. We already know that the beta will come first on PlayStation platforms, even if it’s not yet known how much of an headstart they’ll get.