The Destiny 2 Beta is almost here, and you need to have your Windows PC ready to get the most out of it.
Activision and Bungie revealed the beta when Destiny 2 pre-orders began. We’ve seen some of the game’s features in trailers and videos, but users at home haven’t been able to play yet. That’s what this testing period is for. You can experience the game’s first story mission and explore its multiplayer experience on your Windows PC before the game launches on October 24th.
Don’t wait until the last-minute. Prepare for the Destiny 2 Beta now with these tips.
Place Your Pre-Order for Early Access
You need to place your Destiny 2 pre-order as soon as possible. Again, you can’t participate in the Early Access portion of the beta if you don’t pre-order. Think of it as a bonus for investing in the game early.
Feel free to purchase any version of the game you want. You get Destiny 2 Beta access whether you buy Destiny 2 Standard Edition for $59.99 or invest in Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition for $249.99. Use the best Destiny 2 deals to save money on your purchase.
You can’t buy any version of the game and get into the beta. You need to have pre-ordered the PC version.
Install Blizzard Battle.net On Your PC
Before you do anything else, be sure to install Blizzard Battle.net on your PC. That’s the software you need to play the Destiny 2 PC Beta and the final game. You can download that software to your Windows PC here.
Unlock Your Beta Code
Be sure to unlock your Destiny 2 Beta code if you purchased the game from a retail store. If you bought a digital copy of the game, you don’t need a code to unlock the beta.
Enter the 9-digit code that’s printed on the bottom of your receipt to get your beta code.
Pre-Load the Destiny 2 Beta
You don’t have to wait until the Destiny 2 Beta launches to download the files you need. Bungie and Activision are easing gamers into the testing period by offering pre-loads. To pre-load the game, install the Blizzard Battle.net software on your PC, redeem your beta key and click on the Install button.
Learn About the Destiny 2 Beta
You should use the Destiny 2 Beta to explore the game’s key features and decide if you want to keep or place a pre-order. Take this opportunity to learn about all the new things you can try during the testing period.
Begin by watching the Destiny 2 Beta trailer above. It teases the story content that gamers get during the testing period. The game’s first single-player mission is in the beta. Gamers also get access to Destiny 2’s competitive multiplayer experience, called The Crucible.
Read Bungie’s beta breakdown to learn about all the maps and modes you can experience during the testing period next. The post also reveals what features aren’t in the beta, but will be in the final game.
Finally, be sure to watch YouTube user Mesa Sean’s Destiny 2 Beta Full Details video. His video includes information on the new subclasses and weapons you can test.
Follow Destiny 2 Beta Forums
Stay linked to online communities and social media outlets during the Destiny 2 Beta. The Destiny community forums will have Bungie employees researching issues and multiplayer lovers discussing the title. You should check the forums for up-to-the-minute details on problems that users are running into as well. Reddit’s DestinyTheGame community will have gamers putting teams together and investigating problems. Check the site each evening for new details and reactions from other players.
Pre-Order to Get Early Access to the Destiny 2 Beta
Gamers that place a Destiny 2 pre-order won't spend hours downloading the files they need for the Destiny 2 Beta. They will get time with the game before it's opened to the public.
The Destiny 2 Beta opens to PC players on on August 28th for anyone that pre-orders a PC copy of the game. The open beta starts on August 29th, and everyone will attempt to play the game then.
Open betas come with hiccups, and gamers create long loading times by trying to play at the same time. It also takes a long time to download the necessary files through the Blizzard Battle.net software.