The Destiny 2 beta is nearly here and it’s time to start making some preparations. If you want early details on the beta client, this article has you covered. If you’d rather just watch Cayde-6 share a moment with Sweeper Bot, well, scroll to the bottom.

When will the Destiny 2 beta begin?

If you pre-ordered Destiny 2 on PS4, you can start playing at 6 PM BST / 10 am PDT on Tuesday, July 18.

If you pre-ordered Destiny 2 on Xbox One, you can start playing on Wednesday, July 19.

If you didn’t pre-order Destiny but plan to play on PS4 or Xbox One, you can join in starting on Friday, July 21.

The Destiny 2 beta will end on July 23. 

How big is the Destiny 2 beta?

On PS4, pre-loading the Destiny 2 beta will take up 15GB of storage.

On Xbox One, pre-loading will require 12.83GB.

When can I download the Destiny 2 beta?

Pre-loads are live right now! Go for it.

How can I download the Destiny 2 beta?

If you pre-ordered Destiny 2, make sure you enter the code you received from your retailer of choice in your account (click on your user icon and select “Redeem Code”). Do that and Bungie should send you an actual download code when the time is right.

If you didn’t pre-order, just search for Destiny 2 on the PlayStation Store or Xbox Store and download it once it goes live.

What about the Destiny 2 PC beta?

Don’t worry, you’ll still get a chance to try Destiny 2 on PC before it comes out. Bungie says the Destiny 2 PC beta (including early access for pre-orders) will begin in late August.

Destiny 2 beta classes – what are they?

 You can play as all three classes in the Destiny 2 beta, though you’ll have to start out with a pre-made character instead of customizing your own. And you’ll only have access to one subclass for each: shield-summoning Sentinel Titans (think glowing purple Captain America), staff-fighting Arcstrider Hunters (what’s not to like about electric kung fu), and flame-sword swinging Dawnblade Warlocks (whose blades fire out big burning swathes of destruction). 

Destiny 2 beta’s story mission – what is it?

The Destiny 2 beta only comes with one story mission: Homecoming, the very first mission you’ll play in the full game. You’ll get to witness the fall of The Last City at the oversized hands (flippers?) of the Cabal’s Red Legion and fight alongside old friends in the Vanguard like Cayde-6.

Destiny 2 beta’s Strike – what is it?

Once you’re done with Homecoming you can try out The Inverted Spire, a three-player co-operative Strike mission set on the world of Nessus. Your team (which you can fill out with friends or find via matchmaking) will fight through Cabal and Vex forces on the way to a multi-stage boss battle.

Crucible play – what can I do?

Try out Destiny 2’s new 4v4 competitive multiplayer setup in two modes: Control, a capture-and-defend mode that returns from the previous game; and Countdown, a Counter-Strike inspired mode with no respawning (just revives) where one team must set explosives and the other team must disarm them.

The Farm – what the **** is that?

Destiny 2’s new social space, The Farm, will be inaccessible for most of the beta. But for just an hour on the beta’s last day, you can come check it out and dance your cares away with your fellow guardians. The Farm will open up at 10 am PDT and 6 pm BST on Sunday, July 23.

Read our Destiny 2 hub article for everything we know about the game so far.

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