At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that Bungie’s upcoming first-person shooter, Destiny, is going to be big. The developer has now revealed multiple special editions of the game to celebrate that fact, as well as final details on the upcoming beta.
Set to release on Sept. 9 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Destiny will kick off its final beta test on PlayStation platforms beginning next Thursday, July 17. Those of you gaming on Xbox platforms will have to wait a little bit longer to take a crack at the game, with the 360 and One betas set to begin on July 24.
“You’ve imagined yourselves in the boots of a Guardian, prowling the wild frontier in search of treasure and glory,” said Bungie Community Manager DeeJ in a Beta announcement. “The time for dreaming is almost over. The time to fight is at hand. The Destiny beta is our chance to fill our brave new world with life and see how it holds up against the stampede.”
And look! They’ve released a new trailer to mark the occasion.
If you want to get in on all of that beta goodness, though, you’re going to need to pre-order the game first. Not so fast! You’re going to have to go through a bit of decision making before plopping down your cold hard cash, as several versions of Destiny will be up for grabs at launch.
First, there’s the regular edition of the game. That one will set you back the usual $60 and, other than access to the beta, you shant be receiving any extra bells and whisltes.
If you’re in the market for some shiny bits, though, you might want to consider the Limited Edition of the game. Along with beta access, you’ll enjoy a SteelBook case for the game, a “Guardian Folio” containing postcards, a star chart, etc, as well as a cache of in-game items to help you along the way. You can also expect a unique Ghost casing, player emblem and ship skin, as well as the first two expansions for the game when they become available. All of this can be yours for $99.99. As a side note for this and the other editions I’m about to outline, the expansions will set you back 20 bucks a pop when sold separately or for $34.99 as a bundle.
Next up is the Ghost Edition of Destiny, which goes for $149.99. This version includes everything from the Limited Edition, as well as some unique in-game content and skins, a Ghost Replica that lights up and throws out lines from the game, some “Golden Age Relics” and a “Letter of Introduction.” That bundle can be seen in the image at the top of this post.
Finally, there’s the Digital Guardian Edition, which can be reserved via the digital marketplace for $89.99. this version includes a digital copy of Destiny, some special skins and other digital goods.
As a final reminder, those first two expansion packs we were talking about earlier will also include some as yet unnamed PlayStation bonuses that will remain exclusive to those consoles for one year.