Destiny 2’s PC open beta has arrived

I dunno about you guys, but my guildies were up at literally 4 a.m. talking about buying Destiny 2 and leaping into the beta, which I’d say bodes well for the game’s impact on my little circle of the gamerverse.

That’s the PC beta, mind you, which formally launches today, at least for those who’ve purchased a copy ahead of the final October 24th PC launch. Console folks have already been testing since July. Don’t think you’ll be needing fancy gear to make it work on your PC, either; it’s designed to work with keyboard and mouse. You know… like an MMO.

We’ve put together all our Destiny 2 news from the rumors to now and included them all below, accompanied by the official launch trailer and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. That should help you get caught up if you, too, were stumbling around the internet trying to get a Destiny 2 fix at 4 a.m. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sudden urge to consume Pop-Tarts and huff video game-branded candles. Weird, right?

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IgnisGray

Simply a dream to play on PC. I played Destiny 1 on console and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I was sad to see so many people (especially here on Massively) dismiss and deride it for not being on PC.

I’m happy to see other people finally get what all the fuss is about! :P

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Reselect Name

Still no open PVP I assume?

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Jack Kerras

Of course not.

Also, if you don’t set more realistic expectations for yourself, you’re just gonna be unhappy a lot.

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Tiresias

I really enjoyed the preview/test weekend on the PC. Destiny 2 is exactly what I hoped it would be: the experience of Destiny 1 with more refined classes, smoother gameplay, and a keyboard and mouse as an input scheme.

I think a lot of people forget exactly how good Bungie is at making atmospheric shooters. Those who never played Destiny 1 never got to experience the beauty of the Earth and Venus zones, or the foreboding chill of descending into a Hive nest for the first time. On top of that, Bungie makes good shooters, period.

I didn’t play too much over the course of the preview (about 5 hours). I took the time to experiment with the classes (I enjoyed the Hunter, but really miss having a knife on the new Arcstrider), but I don’t want to play so much that I ruin the enjoyment of diving in on release.

Anyway, if you enjoy shooters, Destiny 2 is definitely worth a go.

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Malcolm Swoboda

The story content was ‘ok, but just reminded me how much the game relies on over-expensive CGI scenes instead of really well crafted in-engine events (though there was at least one or two more creative bits). The PvP was just one match so far and it was okay I guess. The co-op crushed our team a couple times but was the most fun and really liked it, at least for a demo! Overall 6-7/10 personal rating (overall would be higher). Its a game I’ll get post-launch if friends on PC also really want to play it, but I still feel bleh about missing the first game and its story, minimal as it is.

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draugris

Tbh, i am disappointed, only one intro mission, one flaspoint and pvp which i have zero interest in. The farm only open for 2 hours ?? Which is at 2am in my timezone…. This is more or less a demo and not a full beta. My hope was that the beta would clarify if it will be enough fun for me to preorder but as it stands now i can´t do it. It really looks like they have something to hide and so i will wait until reviews are out after launch and decide then.

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Denice J. Cook

I don’t think it’s so much that they have anything to hide, it’s more like they don’t want the entire player base to have all the content nailed down so hard that it only takes a week to whip through it all come launch day. That’s really what happened with Destiny 1.

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primal

The main reason online games have betas is to stress test the servers. That is all, you don’t see single player only games having betas

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draugris

If that would have been the purpose of this then why don´t they stress test the european dead zone ? This is the open world zone where lags etc. are more to be expected than in the instanced content.

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Koshelkin

Very disappointed. I thought it’s a game up my alley but it:
– plays mediocre
– looks mediocre
– has a generic story
– has bad art design(armor, architecture etc.)

Wish it were different because I was excited to finally see it on PC but the game I played in Open Beta is not worth 60 bucks. 6/10 so far.

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Don Nascimento

Dissapointed? Wow, there is no pleasing everyone. I have not met a single person who was not blown away by the PC version. Go on Twitch, go on Twitter and read the reactions.

The game is optimized like crazy, the gunplay is fantastic, the graphics are great, the PVP is totally fun.

A lot of console players especially are freaking out because they dont want to go back to the console version after this.

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Koshelkin

It certainly doesn’t suit my tastes. I’m glad people like it, though.

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Reselect Name

Meh. No open world PVP no care.

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Tiresias

I understand your sentiment, but open-world PvP wouldn’t make sense both in terms of gameplay and story.

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starbuck1771

Installed fast, plays great on my PC. Did the storyline bit , then did a group mission and had a blast. PvP is next on my list.

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Yuri Geinish

Tried it, and to me personally Warframe is much better. It’s better visually and gameplay-wise.

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Estranged

Remember you aren’t seeing all of Destiny 2. It will have open world content.

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Yuri Geinish

Even just the player character model is super cheap. Weapons, too. The same for enemies. It’s all very unimpressive.

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kgptzac

I’m basically gonna say the exact same thing :D

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wratts

Looking forward to seeing what Warframe can do with open world. As good as the procedural dungeons can sometimes look, it’s always very confining

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pid

I had a good time playing the intro mission up to the plaza, where the P2P thing goes on. And then SPINACH! rears it’s ugly head and I couldn’t progress further. I DC-ed several times and no way I could fix the problem. Mind you, it’s not D2’s fault or at least not just theirs. My ISP requires me to use a f****d up Technicolor VSDL2 FTTC modem. I’m not allowed to use other modems, I can’t quit the ISP because the contract requires at least 24 months and I have no intention to pay for a VPN or an excessive mobile data plan. All that said, I’m in a stalemate where I have considered all venues but to no avail.
I had to ask for a refund and… Blizz was like a blizzard… 25 minutes ticket + 15 paypal and that’s it. In less then 40 I got my refund. Never seen such an efficiency! Good guys ad Blizz/Bungie are doing a hell of a job and FU** Y** ISP!!
(btw: there are sevral thousands of people in the same situation here in my country…)

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Bannex

So far I’m very impressed. Improvements all around from what I’ve seen.

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BalsBigBrother

I got as far as looking at the install size then thought I am really not that bothered and I can wait.

Hope everyone who is more into this than me has fun though :-)

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Siphaed

A measly 16gb took all of 35mminutes; most of which was spent as background while watching one of today’s new anime shows. That a big chunk of life taken.

It’s very cinematic and reminds me of nostalgia around the first two Halo games (of course it IS a Bungie, after all). But the multiplayer is so weak. 4vs4 in a “set the bomb” map with elimination determination. No cover or around-corner shooter mechanics that is done with games like CoD or Battlefield either. That leaves for a very poor experience. Then again, if I wanted multiplayer shooter fun experience, there is Overwatch on the same PC platform….

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BalsBigBrother

Sadly not all internet is created equal and 16gb would be several hours for me and I am really not excited enough about it to bother. I am more thinking I may pick Destiny 2 up at some point if I find a good deal to play through the story stuff but if not /shrugs

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starbuck1771

sounds like time for you to upgrade from dial-up :P

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Chris Moss

I have the same problem BalsBigBrother….. 16 gigs in my area will take about 6-10 hours.

Not everyone lives right in the city, with 50+ Mbs DL

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Indigo Salma

And still cant play it …. That Canary error is pissing me off …

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enamel

I can’t flip-floppin wait, it’s gonna be a long two months.

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Karma_Mule

I was able to download and play it without any server issues last night after work. I didn’t play much because it was the same content, but did run through the story mission again.

I was excited to see they’re supporting HDR, but even after an nvidia driver update the HDR had some weird color glitches so I had to drop back to running without it. (Although at least trying to run HDR on Windows 10 w/nvidia didn’t send my PC into epileptic fits like it has in the past.)

Running at 4k at 60 fps was a glorious thing indeed, but I’m less demanding about 30 vs 60fps than most people so I’ll happily be playing it on my PS4 pro until it launches for the PC later in the year.

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Dug From The Earth

im kinda impressed at how well the game runs on pc, with everything maxed.

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Yuri Geinish

There’s not much to render, the details are meh.

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Koshelkin

Yeah, not that hard to hit 60fps on a game that looks at least 3~4 years older than it actually is.

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Reht

Pre-purchase got you the early access to the beta (yesterday), you don’t have to pre-purchase for the open beta which started today.

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