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Destiny launch day safeguarded by secret Las Vegas bunker

Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 06:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Destiny developer Bungie has gone to great lengths to ensure that the shared worlds shooter’s servers stay rock solid.

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When Destiny launches on September 9 (one more week! Ahhhh), we’re not betting against it having a rough time. Bungie ran a pretty big stress test during the beta, but the hype is through the roof and, well – it always happens, innit.

Still, Activision Blizzard has thrown a lot of cash at the project, and Bungie has used quite a lot of it to help safeguard Destiny’s servers against disaster – quite literally. In a behind the scenes feature published in the Guardian, we learn that Destiny’s servers are housed in a secret Las Vegas bunker. (By which I mean data centre. One of these ways of describing it is much more exciting than the other.)

“The interesting thing about Las Vegas is, you get a lot of natural disasters walking down up and down the strip, but you don’t get a lot of true natural disasters affecting the landscape,” CEO Pete Parsons said of the choice of location.

“There are no earthquakes, no hurricanes, no floods – it’s perfect.”

Bungie’s Jonty Barnes said there are “well north of 100 engineers” on the Destiny team, building and maintaing the Las Vegas data centre and its links to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and rented data centres around the world.

“It is the largest engineering team we could imagine,” he said.

Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Please express your excitement and delight via the medium of emoji interpretative dance in the comments.

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