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Over 4.6 million people participated in the Destiny beta

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Posted on July 30, 2014 AT 07:02am

Activision has announced that over 4.6 million players took part in the recent Destiny beta, making it the largest console beta for a new IP to date.

The beta began on July 17 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 beta key holders, then following some maintenance on July 21 and 22 the beta returned with Xbox 360 and Xbox One beta key holders allowed to join the fun on July 23. Finally, Activision and Bungie opened the beta up to everyone with an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus account before it officially ended on July 27.

“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 Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. “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’re counting down the days to our launch day, September 9th.”

“We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta,” added Bungie COO Pete Parsons. “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.”

Destiny is set to launch September 9 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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