Giving players access to the Destiny Alpha is an important step in the development of Bungie's ambitious mutliplayer shooter, senior environment artist Jason Sussman has told PlayStation Blog.
"We actually had one of our multiplayer designers here at E3 all day yesterday watching people play and taking notes," explained Sussman. "We're actively watching people and seeing what they do with our game so that we can make adjustments for the beta (coming later this year) and eventually roll these improvements out to the real game. We want to make sure that everyone is getting the best possible experience."
Just one weekend of alpha testing has proven to be of great value to Bungie.
"We're already making adjustments now - in a lot of ways visually but we're also balancing things out a little bit. It's a great way for us to interpret all of the data that goes into our systems."
And early tests like this aren't just for ironing out networking issues, but offering an insight into player behaviour too.
"We're not only monitoring our networking systems to see how we can handle so many players in the game but we're also monitoring what players use, where they like to go and what people like to do in the crucible.
"We need to think about how we can explain this game to players because it's really big - how do we do it?" Sussman added. "Well, by getting the alpha out there we get to show people the game early as well as testing all of our systems so that when the game is finally out there, we're putting our best foot forward."
The Destiny Beta begins on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on July 17, followed soon after on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and will feature improvements based on the Alpha.
"The beta test later in the year will contain different content - there will be a difference but what's key is that every bit of information we're gathering and the tweaks and adjustments we're making will carry through to the Beta test," says Sussman.
Sussman concludes that "the game is already looking better than what people are playing in the alpha, which is really cool.
"It's like, hey guess what? This is only going to get better."
Destiny launches September 9 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.
Source: EU PS Blog