Bungie shared stats and experiences Friday from the Destiny alpha test on the Playstation 4. The developer also revealed a new t-shirt based on one of Peter Dinklage’s ill-delivered lines that quickly became a meme in the gaming community.
The Emmy winning Game of Thrones actor provides the voice of the Ghost, an AI companion to players in Destiny that’s something of a cross between 343 Guilty Spark and Cortana from the Halo franchise. Dinklage’s performance was criticized by some and defended by others for its flat, almost disinterested delivery. This was highlighted in the opening mission where he declares, in a monotone fashion, “That wizard came from the moon!”
The Destiny alpha test t-shirt was made available on the Bungie Store for a price of $24.99 complete with the memorable line, the Ghost, the game’s logo and, of course, the moon.
Give credit to Bungie for some smart marketing, though. The t-shirt became the best-selling item from the developer’s store in only an only hour.
— Bungie (@Bungie) June 20, 2014
Profits from the sale of the Destiny t-shirt will be donated to charity through the Bugie Foundation. Unfortunately, it won’t ship for two to three weeks. Get in quick though, as it is described as being available only for a limited time.
As for Dinklage’s line delivery as Ghost, it’s likely we’ll have to wait for the planned Destiny beta on July 17 to find out if it improves at all. It could be that the monotone voice delivery is intentional, a la Guilty Spark, but lacking some of the post-processing to make his voice sound computer generated. There’s a hint of that in a recent trailer for the game that was missing during the alpha test.
As for the results of the Destiny alpha, Bungie says, “We collected volumes of data behind the curtain. We’ll use that to finely tune the network that brings Guardians into our brave new world and the experiences they share while there. It will take time to fully realize the impact of those learnings. You’ll see them on display in Beta and in the final version of Destiny.”
There’s no hint on what will be available in the beta, though. All Bungie will say is you’ll “play with a lot more people on a lot more boxes.”
And, here are the stats that were shared.
- 149,522,313 Primary Weapon Kills
- 21,782,610 Secondary Weapon Kills
- 4,002,737 Heavy Weapon Kills
- 21,687,298 Super Ability Kills
- 2,819,211 Orbs of Light Gathered
- 6,850,773 Control Points Captured in the Crucible
- 1,195 Deathless Medals awarded in the Crucible
- 4,356 Splatters with the Sparrow
- 667,966 Public Events Joined
- 60,491,944 Fallen Dregs Dispatched with Extreme Prejudice
- Too many to count: Guardians served in Dance Parties
- 6,461,871 Player Games Played!
Destiny is currently set for a worldwide release on Sept. 9, 2014 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. The beta will be available for the PlayStation consoles on July 17, followed by the Xbox consoles four days later.