Considering the success that the original game achieved on both consoles and PC, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the players around the globe can’t wait for Destiny 2, the sequel to the first-person shooter you could only play online. Summer brings some great news for the fans because Activision and Bungie confirmed that we would be able to try the beta version of the game.
The beta will be available for all owners of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 21, but those who pre-ordered will get the chance to test Destiny 2 couple of days ahead of others. As for the PC players, they will have to be a bit more patient – beta version for Microsoft Windows will be available in August, but the exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet.
What You Can Do in Destiny 2 Beta
There are plenty of things available in the test version of the new online multiplayer FPS. For starters, you can play the first mission of the campaign, which has the name Homecoming. You will also get the opportunity to see some of the cinematics and start revealing Destiny 2’s campaign story.
Multiplayer is an integral part of the game and D2 will enable you to try the Countdown. It’s an entirely fresh mode that is described as attack/defend. There will be one map available, the one known by the name Endless Vale. You will get another new map to test in the Control mode, which you surely remember from the original game.
Aside from playing against other players, Destiny 2 beta will also allow you to join forces against the computer in the Strike mode. The Inverted Spire is the official name of the raid that you can test, and it will require you to bring two friends or find a couple of players through the game’s matchmaking system. The three of you will then take on the AI opponents in a Vex stronghold.
Destiny 2 will bring new subclasses to the battle, and the beta allows you to try your hand at testing three of them, including Arcstrider Hunter, Dawnblade Warlock, and Sentinel Titan.
As for the social space or as developers called it The Farm, you will only have a short time span to try it. Precisely, it will be made available on July 23 for exactly 60 minutes starting at 10 AM Pacific Time. Unfortunately, most services and vendors will be offline, so think of it as just an opportunity to see what The Farm is all about.
What You Can’t Do in Destiny 2 Beta
Perhaps the most important fact is that the beta phase of the game doesn’t include support for clans. Aside from that, there is no progression of characters. Bungie confirmed that evolving of the character you play with will be incorporated in the final version, but won’t be made available for the beta. The reason is quite simple – the developers didn’t plan to allow the players to carry their progress to the final game. That also means you will have to repeat the starting mission of the campaign once Destiny 2 releases.
Although you probably can’t wait to put your hands on the beta, be aware that it is still an unfinished version, which means you can expect certain bugs. There are some issues the developers already know of, and they listed them so that the players know what weird things they can expect. The bugs include:
- Names of locations won’t appear in Crucible modes
- Balancing of the damage abilities and weapons can inflict is still a work in progress
- The developers will test the stability of the server, which means you can occasionally expect networking errors
- Localization of content in other languages is still not finished
Naturally, Bungie plans to iron out these issues for the final version of Destiny 2, and the beta should also serve to find other problems and polish everything for the release.
When Will Destiny 2 Be Out?
The highly-anticipated MMO shooter is scheduled to release on September 6, 2017, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The worldwide PC release is set for October 24, which means that computer owners will have to be patient.
The good news is that Destiny 2 will be a huge leap forward compared to the original. It will include a bunch of PvE and PvP modes, and there will be an option to join clans with up to 100 members. Among other confirmed features are a cinematic story, character progression, and a bunch of expansions that will follow after the release.