Guardians charge the Cabal in Destiny 2

It's Friday, which means the Destiny 2 beta has officially gone live for all players across the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you're curious about what activities will keep you busy this weekend, we've got all of the details and a look at the new beta trailer.

If you pre-ordered Destiny 2 on consoles, you've likely been dipping into the beta's offerings since earlier this week. Folks on the PlayStation 4 front could jump in as of Tuesday, with the Xbox One crowd joining the fray Wednesday. But while those who plopped down their $60 nice and early have been fighting the Cabal for a few days now, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of alien butts still in need of a good kicking from those of you who are still on the fence.

The open beta is live as of today, meaning you can download and enjoy a trio of activities right this very minute. Just head to the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Store and download the client. If memory serves, it's only a 300mb initial download with an extra patch tacked on for good measure.

As for what you'll be doing in the beta, Bungie recently sent out a press release reminding folks what activities will be up for grabs. For starters, you'll actually get to tackle the first campaign mission, "Homecoming." In this mission, the Tower is under attack by a new Cabal threat. You'll need to fend them off as long as you can before joining an assault mission of your own, eventually leaping onto a Cabal ship and taking the fight directly to our enemies. The mission does a good job of showing off the lovely graphics in Destiny 2, as well as some of the new mechanics and enemy types you'll be facing in the full game.

Also up for grabs is the first Strike in the game, called "The Inverted Spire." I've mentioned a couple of times in the past how much I enjoyed this strike, ranking it with some of the best the original Destiny had to offer. What's cooler is that a few extra sections have been added to these activities, showing that the build on display at the Destiny 2 reveal event, and even last month's E3 conference, were not the most recent. Grab a couple friends or join up with some randos to enjoy this Strike.

Finally, there's PvP. A couple of modes are open for the beta across a couple of maps, giving players a chance to help Bungie test their servers before the full game arrives. You can check out the beta launch trailer below:

The Destiny 2 beta isn't as massive as the original game's, but that's probably because Bungie has figured out most of the technical nuts and bolts at this point. The purpose here is to let players take the game for a quick test run while giving the developer's servers a chance to feel the burn.

As for the full game, look for Destiny 2 to arrive on consoles on Sept. 6. The PC version is coming this October, with a beta planned to precede that version of the game, too.

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