Destiny 2 is scheduled to commence with its closed beta phase this week, marking an important point in the post-release timeline of the anticipated sequel.
PlayStation 4 will be the first platform to gain early access on July 18 at 10 a.m. PST / 6 p.m. BST for only those who pre-order. Xbox One will follow through the next day on July 19 at the same times and in similar fashion. Finally, the developer will conduct an open beta for Destiny 2 on both consoles on July 21 at the same aforementioned times. Take note that the beta phase will end for consoles on July 23 at 9 p.m. PST / 5 a.m. BST.
Destiny 2 is also pegged to host a beta event for PC. It will take place sometime in late August but a precise date is yet to be divulged by the developer.
While pre-ordering a copy guarantees participation, Bungie will also be handing on exclusive invitational codes through its social media platforms during the testing.
According to information on hand, the beta will feature the opening mission of the single-player campaign known as Homecoming. We have already seen a few minor portions of gameplay and cinematic sequences from it during the reveal at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2017) last month. In addition, those who get into the beta will also gain access to the multiplayer as well as a Strike mission. The three new subclasses will be available for everyone and players can assemble at the new social hub called The Farm.
Unfortunately, most of the vendors and social features will be unavailable during the beta. Players will also not be able to form clans or register any character progression. Bungie has stated that the beta “does not represent how your characters will evolve in Destiny 2” and the game is viable for change with the final release. In that light, any progression made will be wiped once the beta ends.
Destiny 2 is scheduled to release on September 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version is slated for release sometime after.