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Destiny beta brings two new maps for a two-hour event running today only

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A special event in the Destiny beta will be held today (Saturday, July 19) from 5 to 7 p.m. ET, Bungie announced in its weekly update. The event is called the "Iron Banner" and it includes two additional maps and a new gameplay type.

Iron Banner debuts Mars with the Blind Watch map, and returns Rusted Lands, a fan favorite from the alpha, to service. "Iron Banner is the only way to see these maps in the beta," said Bungie's Lars Bakken.

Additionally, Bungie confirmed that one's Guardian character is playable across both the current generation (PlayStation 4 or Xbox One) and past generation (PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360), within the same system.

Bungie's David Shaw said this was planned all along. "Our service is built with flexibility in mind," he said. "As a player of Destiny, you have a Bungie account that's bound to your PSN ID or your Xbox LIVE Gamertag, instead of a specific generation of device." That's only for character availability; cross-platform play of any type isn't supported.

Destiny's beta opened on Thursday on PS3 and PS4. It will begin Wednesday on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Both betas will run until July 28. For more, see footage from Polygon's livestream of the beta on its first day.