One of the biggest news pieces of E3 was the presence of a public PS4 Alpha for Bungie’s megaton AAA title Destiny. Those who signed up before last night’s deadline have been eagerly refreshing their emails seeking that all important code. We at Hardcore Gamer want to ensure that those of you who are still waiting are kept up to date on the latest Alpha code happenings, so we will be constantly updating this page in real time as the codes roll out.
12:00 PDT – No codes as of the initial launch time
12:30 PDT – European territories have begun to get their codes, with the UK appearing to be the first nation to receive them.
12:45 PDT – Eastern Europe appears to be receiving codes at this time
1:00 PDT – The US codes have begun to roll out, with Western states (such as California and Colorado) seemingly getting the bulk of codes before the East Coast.
1:07 PDT – Users are reporting that codes are still rolling out to the territories mentioned above via email (it appears as though PlayStation messages are delayed).
1:09 PDT – The first US East Coast codes have begun to roll out.
1:10 PDT – Floridian PS4 users have begun to receive Alpha codes.
1:13 PDT – Midwestern states are receiving codes, with multiple users in Illinois reporting their downloads have begun.
1:14 PDT – Multiple email clients are catching the Alpha codes under their spam filters, be sure to check both your inbox and your junk mail.
1:16 PDT – GMail users are reporting that the “Promotions” inbox is catching the code emails.
1:17 PDT – Canada has started to receive codes.
1:22 PDT – It’s clear this is the first rollout, as there are users on both the East and West coasts who have signed up, but have not received codes.
1:24 PDT – Central American PS4 owners are now receiving codes.
1:27 PDT – On a humorous note, Sony Rewards is sending out emails at the same time as the code emails, causing immense rage from some players.
1:31 PDT – Ohio and Michigan have begun to receive emails, causing Buckeye and Wolverine fans everywhere to scoff at this unfortunate grouping.
1:34 PDT – The Northeast United States seems to be getting codes, as users in New Jersey have initiated their downloads.
1:35 PDT – Live in the Big Apple? Your code is likely on the way, as New York has begun receiving codes.
1:40 PDT – Massachusetts is now receiving codes.
1:48 PDT – Codes are now rolling out around the country in seemingly no order, keep refreshing people.
1:53 PDT – FIFA just trolled the world with a mass email.
2:01 PDT – First hand account: the Alpha download is unbelievably slow (my download section says 7 hours remaining).
2:04 PDT – Here are the contents of the Alpha email:
Welcome to the Destiny First Look Alpha, a small sampling of activities you’ll find in the final experience. Destiny is an action game that combines the campaign story, cooperative, and competitive modes you expect, with in-depth character creation and a huge variety of weapons, armor, and combat abilities. Create a character. Take it into every mode. Venture out into the world alone, or play with friends in search of action and adventure.
The Destiny First Look Alpha is not final. Players may experience bugs and incomplete features. Thanks for helping us pave the way to Beta, and Destiny’s launch on September 9th, 2014.
The Ultimate Destiny™ Experience is only on PlayStation®
2:08 PDT – Sony seems to be experiencing server issues in regards to the Alpha download, as users are reporting massive download stalls and unusually slow download times.
2:16 PDT – The Southwestern United States is now receiving Alpha codes.
3:20 PDT – Users who are experiencing slow download speeds are encouraged to reset their PS4’s internet connection.
3:06 PDT – If you haven’t gotten your code yet, do not fret, as they are still rolling out.
3:09 PDT – The PSN is currently undergoing live maintenance according to various user reports, though some users (such as myself) are still able to continue their downloads.
3:38 PDT – Download speeds are back to normal, at least on my end. It looks like the servers will soon be back to normal. Codes are still being sent out.
4:06 PDT – Yes, codes are still rolling out.
6/13/14 11:40 AM PDT – Indications are that the codes have ceased.