Bungie Details Destiny 2's Upcoming Open Beta (and No, Nothing Carries over into the Main Game)

Bungie Details Destiny 2's Upcoming Open Beta (and No, Nothing Carries over into the Main Game)

Players will be able to try out a strike, Crucible modes, and the game's opening story mission.

Destiny 2's beta is quickly approaching. The open beta goes live in less than two weeks, officially kicking off for PlayStation 4 pre-order players on July 18 (and Xbox One pre-orders on July 19), and widely for all consoles on July 21. Today in a blog, Bungie detailed everything that will be in the Destiny 2 beta. And the content will be familiar if you livestreamed their big reveal event from earlier this year.

The beta will be going on for a few days, ending on July 23. (But for PS4 and Xbox One players who pre-ordered, it will be ongoing for nearly a whole week.) The beta will have Destiny 2's opening mission and accompanying cinematic, the Crucible (PvP)'s new Countdown mode, the Crucible's classic Control mode, the new Strike "The Inverted Spire," the new subclasses for characters, and for one single hour starting at 10am PT on Sunday, July 23, players will have a chance to enter the social space The Farm.

"You’re welcome to kick the ball into the net or befriend a chicken," writes Bungie. "Most vendors and services will be offline. Our goals are to see how many of you it can accommodate at once." Like a true beta. Actually testing stuff. IGN recently got an exclusive first glimpse of the new social area in Destiny 2, which you can see below.

The beta won't have literally everything that was previewed at the recent Destiny 2 event. The open beta won't have Clan support yet, so players can count giving the new in-game Clans a spin out. The beta won't have Character Progression (though there will be in-beta rewards) nor Character Continuity once the full game is out. You know what they say, what happens in the beta, stays in the beta.

There will be a perk once Destiny 2 rolls around in its entirety. Players who dove into the Destiny 2 Beta at any capacity will be rewarded with a special emblem to situate alongside their screenname. The emblem will be waiting for players who played the beta when Destiny 2 launches on September 6. For PC players itching to play Destiny 2 before its October 24 release will be able to test out the game in their own exclusive beta in late August.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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