— Bungie (@Bungie) July 25, 2014
The developer already has plans in motion to try and get as many people as possible playing Destiny at the same time on Saturday. There’s even more incentive now with this announcement.
We’re even sending you on a new story mission. For this one, you’ll be glad you scrounged that jump drive from the wastes of the Cosmodrome. You don’t need us to tell you where you’re headed. We’ve marked it on the map since the moment when the Beta Build became a secret whispered about by only our friends and family. This new destination will be open to you for two hours.
If the image at the top isn’t enough of a clue, Bungie is clearly referring to the moon, that place where wizards come from. This is the ancient and undead Hive reside in dungeon-like caverns and gothic-like structures. The most prominent structure shown so far is the Hellmouth but it is not yet known if that is where Destiny beta players will be headed.
Bungie is asking that players be ready to go a 2 p.m. PDT on Saturday, 26th. Those that participate in the Destiny beta at that time will earn a unique nameplate that will be available for all to see that they participated in the beta when the full game launches on September 9.
The Iron Banner multiplayer tournament for The Crucible also launched today and will be live during this same time period as will the Old Russia missions.
An exact end time for the Destiny beta has not been announced yet and it looks like Bungie is going to wait until the last second to let everyone know.
“The Destiny Beta ends when we say it ends,” Community Manager DeeJ wrote in response to a question in the Weekly Update. “For days now, press releases have circulated that foretold of the end on July 27th. The Wolf, our Theoretical Physicist, has told me that he wants some room to maneuver close to the conclusion of our little social experiment. So, I’m not telling you exactly when. Please play until we nail this thing shut.”
Destiny is set to release on September 9 for all platforms. Xbox One owners should be aware that the beta is currently running at 900p. However, Bungie will have it running at 1080p and 30 frames per second when for the retail launch. It simply came down to not having enough time to optimize the graphics for the beta.
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