Confirming rumors, Bungie has announced that you can access the beta for Destiny in early 2014 by pre-ordering the game at participating retailers. The beta will be valid for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and when it goes live, you’ll be able to play most major modes and activities featured in the game.
Bungie has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on their website, with some of the more important ones below:
Where do I redeem my Destiny Beta code?
Go to http://bungie.net/beta and follow the instructions on the page to reserve your spot in the Destiny Beta.
You will be required to log in with a valid Bungie.net account, verify your email address, and enter your Destiny Beta code.
Once you have redeemed your Beta code, your account will be approved for Beta access. At a later date, but prior to the Destiny Beta live date in 2014, you will be contacted via your email address, allowed to select your preferred console platform, and given a Destiny Beta download code.
If you do not receive an email, you will also be able to review your Beta status at any time in your Profile/Redeemed Codes.
I’ve already pre-ordered. Where can I locate my Destiny Beta code?
If you pre-ordered on October 1st, 2013 or later, the code is either printed on the receipt, on a flyer you should have received at time of purchase, or sent to you via email through a retail rewards program.
If you pre-ordered on or before September 31st, 2013, your pre-order retailer may have already emailed you your Destiny Beta code. If not, you should contact them directly to receive your code, assuming they are a participating retailer.
The code is 9 digits in the following format: XXX-XXX-XXX (Head here if you have issues).
Which console platforms can I choose from?
Destiny is officially available for pre-order on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The Beta will also support all four platforms. Your Destiny Beta Code will grant you access to one of these platforms.
You will be able to select your preferred platform, prior to the Destiny Beta live date in 2014. Your choice of platform for the Beta is not tied to the platform you have preordered, and you will be able to select your preferred platform prior to generating your Destiny Beta download code.
I own both a PlayStation and an Xbox. Can I claim multiple codes if I want to play the Destiny Beta on multiple console platforms?
Yes. You may claim as many as four Destiny Beta download codes – one for each supported console. Each will require a separate pre-order at a participating retailer.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, talked about Destiny:
We have no doubt Destiny is not only a great action game but also the next great entertainment property. 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.
Harold Ryan, President of Bungie, also gave out his thoughts:
Destiny is the most ambitious game we have ever made, and it’s our chance to transform the way you experience a new Bungie universe. From day one Destiny has been an incredibly bold vision that Activision shares with Bungie. Destiny is a massive universe that is populated by the players, and for that reason we need fans to get their hands on the game, fans all around the world. We can’t wait!
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