The Destiny 2 Beta will let Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC owners try the highly anticipated game weeks before release.
For that reason, the Destiny 2 Beta is very important. Bungie and Activision will use the early access to test the different systems that power the title. Destiny 2 is an online role-playing game. These titles rely on multiplayer services, servers and account systems all working together for players. When these systems fail, they break game launches.
Gamers can expect the Destiny 2 Beta to arrive this summer. Destiny 2 launches on September 6th and Bungie will want time to fix any issues before then. Console and PC owners that place a pre-order get access to the beta before anyone else.
Bungie has revealed the Destiny 2 Beta release date. We also know how gamers without a pre-order can still play.
Destiny 2 Beta Start Date
The Destiny 2 Beta starts on July 18th at 10 AM. The first day is just for PS4 owners that place a pre-order. Bungie will add Xbox One owners that placed a pre-order on July 19th at 10 AM. The open beta for the game begins on July 21st. Everyone on Xbox One and PS4 can try the title then.
PC owners have to wait for the Destiny 2 Beta. That version of the game won’t launch until October 24th, which is why Bungie has pushed back its beta release date.
How Long is the Destiny 2 Beta?
Unfortunately, the Destiny 2 Beta isn’t very long. It ends on July 23rd at 9 AM. Pacific Time. That’s just 5 days from when it starts.
How to Join the Destiny 2 Beta
Bungie will open the Destiny 2 Beta up to anyone that wants to try the game on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The company describes this as the game’s Open Beta.
Gamers that place a pre-order at a participating retailer get access to the content in the Open Beta first. Amazon, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart provide their shoppers with codes printed on their receipt. Gamers enter that code on the Destiny 2 Beta website to unlock the test. Pre-ordering Destiny 2 through Xbox or PlayStation gets gamers early access without a code.
What’s in the Destiny 2 Beta
We know very little about the content in the Destiny 2 Beta. Bungie will want to keep the story and cut scenes for the final release. Because it’s a multiplayer beta, gamers can expect to get at least one map in the Crucible multiplayer mode. The testing could include the game’s character creators too. Players like to see how much they can alter their character’s look in role-playing games.
Expect limits on the game’s mechanics. Bungie could keep players from ever reaching the game’s higher character levels. Testers are unlikely to get access to the game’s full line-up of gear and weapons either. Historically, progress and characters in online role-playing game betas don’t carry over to the final game.
When We’ll Hear More About the Destiny 2 Beta
With the Destiny 2 Beta release date revealed, expect Bungie and Activision to talk about the trial period again in early July. By then, we should have a better idea of the modes, maps and content the beta will contain.