Bungie will release an open beta across Xbox One and PS4 consoles for Destiny 2 from July 21 through July 23, the developer announced today. The beta will have an early start for those who pre-order the game on PS4 (July 18) and Xbox One (July 19) and will include a competitive multiplayer playlist, a co-op Strike, and the game’s opening story mission—basically, everything we saw at the Destiny 2 event earlier this year and at E3.
No beta was announced for the PC version of the game, which is expected to launch nearly two months later than the console version.
We’ve seen a lot of Destiny 2 since its reveal back in March, and we’ve found it to be looking a lot like the first game. Players will explore new worlds and environments, abundant with story missions and Strikes. Destiny’s PvP mode, the Crucible, will return with many of the same game modes. Even the new social areas—which we got our first look at recently, courtesy of IGN—look to be very similar to D1’s various hubs (e.g. the Iron Temple, the Reef, and the now-decimated Tower).
However, Bungie has also promised many changes and additions with the sequel, including new dungeon-like missions called “lost sectors” to discover, a new matchmaking system called “guided games” for endgame content like the Raids and the Nightfall Strike, and more story cinematics than any other Destiny campaign to date.
Destiny 2 is scheduled to be released for PS4 and Xbox One on September 6. The PC version will launch exclusively for the Blizzard app (more commonly known as Battle.net) on October 24.