Activision has revealed that the recent Destiny beta saw over 4 million players step into the boots of guardians during its 10 day period. In fact, there were 4,638,937 beta participants spread across four consoles: the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg said via a press release that this figure represented the “largest console beta ever for a new IP”. During the last weekend that the Destiny beta was running, Activision and Bungie threw the doors open to anyone without a beta invite. This, in all likelihood, significantly increased the total player count for the beta as originally players had to pre-order the game to be granted access to the beta, or be lucky enough to bag themselves an invite online.
Polygon has compared these figures to the Titanfall beta figures, which saw about 2 million players. Granted, the Titanfall beta was only available on PC and Xbox One, so it had half of the platforms available.
UPDATE: we received a press release from local distributor Megarom, which featured the full comment by Hirshberg:
“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. 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.”