Bungie announces Destiny beta, releases new trailer

destiny-banner-2After the shocking departure of creative director Joe Staten last week, Destiny fans were in need of some good news, and they got it today.  Details of the game’s upcoming beta have been announced, and Bungie has released a gameplay trailer filled with new footage.  Read on for the details.

The announcement came earlier today on the official Bungie website.  No firm dates were given for the beta, but it will begin sometime in early 2014, and will be active on all announced platforms, namely PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.  To gain access to the beta, all you have to do is pre-order the game from “participating retailers.”  In the USA, your choices are Amazon.com, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart.  Once you pre-order from one of those outlets, you’ll get a code which you can use to register for the beta on Bungie’s website.

This brings up the question: “what if I already pre-ordered?”  If you’re lucky enough to have ordered from one of the participating outlets, you might have already received your beta code by email.  If not, according to Bungie’s beta FAQ, you’re going to have to contact the retailer’s customer support.  Yikes.  Have fun with that.

And then there’s the new trailer, titled “The Moon.”  It is made up of almost entirely new footage, and features some wild combat both on and below the lunar surface.  Take a look.

If you’re wondering who those creepy dudes with the huge claw hands were, they would be The Hive.  Bungie has released very little information about them, beyond referring to them as “space zombies.”  Cool, so there are space zombies (and at least one giant space ogre) living on the moon.  When Bungie said that the Destiny universe is a dangerous place, they weren’t kidding.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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