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Destiny 2 beta information (update)

Dates on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

This summer, the Destiny 2 beta will arrive on all three of the game’s available platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Update June 28, 2017: During E3 2017, we learned when the Destiny 2 beta will arrive on consoles and PC. Here are the details:

The beta will debut Tuesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. PDT for people who have pre-ordered Destiny 2 on PS4. Those individuals will have 24 hours of exclusive early access — Xbox One pre-order customers will be able to start playing the beta at 10 a.m. PDT on July 19. Two days later, at 10 a.m. PDT on 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. PDT on Sunday, July 23.

As for the PC beta, Activision is saying for now that it will be available in “late August.” The company added that it will provide further details on the PC beta “soon.”

According to information on, players must pre-order Destiny 2 to receive a beta code — though if history is any indication, that might not always be the case.

The beta for Destiny, which offered players a glimpse at the early game, took place in July 2014, a little less than two months before the game’s release date. Following a small public alpha in June 2014, more than 4.6 million players participated in the Destiny beta, which was available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. By the end of July, Bungie opened up the beta, so that those without codes could participate.

Each of Destiny’s three classes were available, and players could level up several times. The beta also allowed players to experience a handful of story missions, the Crucible and a strike.

Based on what we’ve seen of during the gameplay reveal stream, Destiny 2 beta could contain similar content.

Players may get a chance to play the Inverted Spire strike as well as the new Countdown mode in the Crucible, both of which were available at the gameplay reveal event. It is also possible that players may get to play a handful of story missions, including Homecoming, the mission that was also at the Destiny 2 reveal event.

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