Bungie will be holding a closed beta for upcoming multiplayer shooter Destiny. The beta will be held in early 2014 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.
"We have no doubt Destiny is not only a great action game but also the next great entertainment property," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Destiny publisher Activision. "That means we're putting all our creative support, and all our expertise in creating blockbuster franchises, into a colossal Destiny beta that we believe will set a new bar for the next generation of games. Fans have a lot to look forward to in 2014."
In Destiny, players are the Guardians of Earth's last city. Armed with high-tech weaponry and special powers, they must venture out into the solar system to reclaim humanity's former colonies from hostile alien races. In the trailer below, Guardians battle the Hive for control of the Moon.
The press release from Bungie mentions that the beta will contain "a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game." I suppose that means we can expect a taste of Destiny's competitive and cooperative multiplayer activities. A big part of Destiny is its "shared-world" structure. It's not an MMO, per se, but players will be matched up on the fly with each other as they undertake missions.
Beta keys will be given out to gamers who pre-order Destiny through participating retailers. The key, a 9-digit code, will be provided to you on your receipt, on a flyer, or via email. If you pre-ordered before October 1st, you'll get an email from your retailer. Once you have your code in hand, head to Bungie.net to redeem it. You can find a list of all the retailers offering pre-order keys on the game's official website.
The press release notes that pre-order gamers get "early access" to the beta. They don't mention how you can get into the beta without reserving a copy, though. Maybe Bungie will open the test up to everyone after a few days or weeks?
Whenever a beta for a highly anticipated game is announced, there's an uptick in the number of fake beta invites being sent out. These fake invites are designed to trick you into divulging personal information. As long as you exercise a bit of caution, though, you should be fine.
Destiny will launch worldwide in Spring 2014. The PS3 and PS4 versions will come with exclusive DLC.