Destiny 2 beta preload begins tomorrow on PS4, Xbox One

Samit Sarkar

If you have a beta key The Destiny 2 beta doesn’t go live until next week, but you can prepare for the party by preloading the beta starting July 13, publisher Activision confirmed today to Polygon. Downloads of the beta will be available worldwide as of 10 a. m. PDT tomorrow, an Activision representative told Polygon. The spokesperson also confirmed that the preload time applies to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, even though the beta will go live a day earlier on PS4. There’s no word on the download size yet. While Activision will eventually open up the Destiny 2 beta to all PS4 and Xbox One owners, you’ll only be able to preload it if you have a code. There are only two ways to obtain a beta key: pre-ordering the game, or receiving a code from a third party — like, say, a gaming publication such as Polygon!

(We’ve got a bunch of codes from Activision, and we’ll be doing a giveaway soon. ) The Destiny 2 beta will be available first for people who have pre-ordered the game on PS4, starting at 10 a. m. PDT next Tuesday, July 18. It will expand to include Xbox One pre-order customers 24 hours later, at 10 a. m. on July 19. Two days afterward, at 10 a.

m. on Friday, July 21, the beta will open up to all PS4 and Xbox One owners. The beta will end 35 hours later, at 9 p. m. on Sunday, July 23. Activision is also planning to run a beta for Destiny 2’s Windows PC version. However, the company has not given a time frame more specific than “late August” for that. As for what you’ll be able to play, the beta will feature the same content that Bungie showed off at E3 2017: the campaign’s opening mission, “Homecoming”; a strike called The Inverted Spire; and two Crucible gametypes, Countdown and Control.

Only one subclass will be playable for each class: the Arcstrider Hunter, Sentinel Titan and Dawnblade Warlock. All three of them are new for Destiny 2. In addition, beta testers will be able to check out the game’s new social space, The Farm — but only for an hour starting at 10 a. m. on the last day of the beta. Destiny 2 will be released Sept. 6 on PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version, which is being developed by Bungie and Vicarious Visions, won’t launch until Oct.


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