"From the beginning, we set out to make Destiny feel like more than bits on a drive. We wanted to build a place for players to visit — a place filled with luminous life. Without a vibrant population for the last safe city on Earth, and Guardians roaming the wild frontiers, Destiny is a shadow of what it should be. That’s not how we wanted to submit for review," the post stated.
"We explored several options to populate the world for reviewers. Our team estimates it would take thousands of gamers to ensure each potential public space in Destiny would be populated – that every activity would be accessible at all hours of the day and night. Where on Earth would we be able to find thousands of gamers?"
The answer, of course, was just to wait until launch. Or at least the day before launch. The servers are live now, and many members of the press, myself included, and playing, streaming and writing up early impressions. The full reviews, complete with scores, will have to wait.
This also presents something of a challenge, as many players like to wait to read reviews and see about performance before they buy. Bungie seems to be comfortable with that.
"For us, this is a first — a new experience. It’s a bit of a risk, too. We fully anticipate seeing day one reviews from folks who decide to kick the tires, but don’t have the time or patience to take our ride for a nice, long road trip," the blog post explained. "Some of you might wait to pick up a copy until you read the final verdict from your most trusted review house. We’re okay with that. We’ve created something we’re proud of."