Destiny is gearing up to be one of 2014’s biggest and most anticipated releases, and thanks to Bungie’s love for Sony — or major indifference towards Xbox — PlayStation 4 owners have the pleasure of getting their hands on an alpha build of the game right now.

That’s where this beautiful time-lapse footage comes into play. Thanks to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, gamers can now get an impressive look at the ruined world of Destiny in motion.

Check out the amazing footage, now available in 1440p:

Crazy to think that this is alpha footage, right?

Bungie is the master when it comes to creating worlds that are utterly beautiful in every regard. For their first time, Bungie is implementing a full day and night cycle, complete with different dynamics for each setting. A full day in Destiny translates to one real-time hour, giving the player time to immerse themselves into the wonderfully expansive and detailed world Bungie has brought forward.

The amazing level of detail put into every second of passing time in Destiny is easily notable the radiant sun bathes the surrounding land in its pure warmth. As the brightness slowly fades into an ever-present orange, dusk permeates the snowy landscape until the moon peeks its head through the clouds, signaling the start of the night cycle.

It’s hard to imagine that this is an in-engine demo we’re viewing, but the powers of Bungie’s development team is one of complete merit. While it’s near perfect, there are a few things that could be pointed out. The most noticeable of all the things are the clouds. Even in the ever-changing environment, the clouds feel a bit still and lifeless. Bungie seems to have opted for a more static cloud environment as opposed to a dynamic volumetric system — but hey, we’re not complaining too much.

It’s taken years and years of development time, but Destiny is finally here, and it’s beautiful. It’s a testament to true next-gen craft and the power of a devoted and creative development team. While the Alpha build limits players to certain areas, we can only imagine how mind-blowingly terrific the rest of the world will be.

Destiny officially hits shelves September 9th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a beta expected out this summer.

As a bonus, here’s some screens — now with bonus lens flare!

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