There's a rumor that the #Destiny Alpha might be extended to allow dangerous experiments. Play beyond the official close at your own risk!— Bungie (@Bungie) June 16, 2014
Yup. Alpha still works. Now, we're gonna test it in expert mode. If you're still playing, pardon our dust. This is for the Beta!— Bungie (@Bungie) June 16, 2014
The alpha also gives PS4 owners a taste of the game's customization. They can create a distinct appearance for their character and choose from three classes. These alpha characters can be advanced from level 4 to 8 and outfitted with new abilities and equipment along the way.
Destiny's beta test is scheduled to launch on July 17th. Unlike the alpha, the beta will be available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One as well. This later test will probably offer some different missions for players to tackle, too.
Whatever the content of the beta is, one thing will definitely be different: your character. Bungie says that you won't be able to continue your alpha character's adventures in the next phase of testing:
Alpha characters will not survive the migration to Beta. Tonight's your chance to take that last portrait. Be brave. Thank them for playing.— Bungie (@Bungie) June 16, 2014
Bungie gave out alpha invites to pretty much everyone who wanted them this weekend. I was among the horde of PS4 players checking out the game. While I enjoyed my hours with the alpha considerably, I was left with a few lingering concerns. You can read my full thoughts on the alpha here.
Destiny will launch worldwide on September 9th on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.