Destiny 2 offers players on all platforms a chance to try out the second shared-worlds shooter – and incidentally test Bungie’s network infrastructure.
The Destiny 2 beta kicks off on PS4 and Xbox One in July.
Activision Blizzard sent along the time and dates for the Destiny 2 beta during E3 2017, so we have all the details you’re after well in advance. When you can begin playing the Destiny 2 beta depends on platform and whether you’ve pre-ordered, so consult the information below to get the times relevant to your situation.
We’ve listed the Destiny 2 beta start times in PT, which is Bungie’s own timezone and the one it always refers to. If you click the time links in the Destiny 2 start times details below, you’ll open a new tab showing the exact time in major cities in every time zone with daylight savings differences accounted for, making it easy to be certain you’ve got the correct information for your region.
Destiny 2 beta – PS4 start times
Destiny 2 beta – Xbox One start times
Destiny 2 beta – PC
- Pre-order early access: “late August” [TBC]
- General access: “late August” [TBC]
Destiny 2 beta end times
Bungie and Activision Blizzard have not yet confirmed exact end times for the Destiny 2 beta. However, we do know the Destiny 2 console beta is scheduled to end on July 23, US time.
The first Destiny beta was extended and expanded after its initial success, so keep your fingers crossed the Destiny 2 beta end time will be pushed back, too.
Destiny 2 beta content
Bungie has said the Destiny 2 beta will include some story content: the Homecoming mission shown at the reveal event.
Destiny 2 beta testers will also be able to try out the Inverted Spire strike.
Some PvP content will be made available in the Destiny 2 beta, but details were not provided.
While we don’t know if every subclass will be available, Bungie has said the Destiny 2 beta will make the three new subclasses – Arcstrider, Dawnblade and Sentinel – available.
Destiny 2 went down for extended maintenance a few weeks before the Destiny 2 beta. Since we know there will be no updates to Destiny, this suggests Bungie is preparing its technology for the onslaught.
If so, we expect there may be one or more further windows of Destiny downtime before the Destiny 2 beta kicks off.
When announcing the Destiny 2 beta times and dates during E3 2017, Activision Blizzard also confirmed Destiny 2 releases September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, two days earlier than anticipated. The PC version of Destiny 2 will release on October 24, the publisher added.
As ever, our Destiny 2 guide is freely available if you want to learn more about Bungie’s next big thing. It’s got subclass guides for the four we’ve seen so far, details on Exotics, and explanations of the new ammo and weapon systems. Bone up before the Destiny 2 beta.