The Destiny 2 open console beta has a date, but that date is different depending on your pre-order status. All players are able to check out the beta content during the weekend of July 21 through July 23. But if you pre-order, you can expect a few additional days with the content. Pre-order on PS4, and you gain early access on July 18. Pre-order on Xbox One, and your early access starts on July 19. No word on when PC players may get a taste of the action.
The beta announcement comes along with a trailer that you can investigate below. Based on what is shown off in the video, it appears that Bungie is planning to show off much of the same content in the beta as was revealed at E3 a few weeks ago. You can expect to play the first story mission, a cooperative strike set on the destination world of Nessus, and try out competitive play in the Countdown game type.
That line-up of activities should give a brief taste of many of the important activities on offer in Destiny 2, but it also is a different beta experience than what many players may have been expecting; the Destiny 1 beta offered an extended section of the open world for exploration, and the opportunity to level up your Guardian several times to get a sense of progression. It’s likely those elements of Destiny 2 are being held back until the game’s actual launch.
Destiny 2 is set for launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6. A later launch for PC is scheduled for October 24.