Our guide to everything that's currently known about the Destiny 2 beta.
Our regularly updated Destiny 2 guide contains everything that’s currently known about Bungie’s upcoming sequel.
Bungie will be following up it’s 2014 smash hit Destiny with a direct sequel that’s hitting release in just over a few days from now
Although there’s only so much to go on until the game actually launches, we wanted to put together a Destiny 2 guide that contains absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about the sequel, whether you’re a veteran of the first game or you’re coming to the franchise completely cold this time around. With the sequel making its debut on the PC platform, we imagine there’s actually quite a few of you in that latter group!
Our Destiny 2 guide was originally built around publicly released information such as the release date, platform information and the scraps of information that have been gleaned from the assorted trailers. Following the big gameplay reveal event though, we’ve been able to update this core guide considerably, and have continued doing so in the wake of all the new information that’s emerged in the run-up to launch.
While we’ve already got a huge number of hubs covering everything to do with Destiny 2, we’re also in the process of updating these constantly with new content. When the game launches they’ll grow rapidly, so make sure you get a bookmark folder ready for us!
UPDATE #6: We’ve added a huge number of mission walkthroughs to this core guide of ours, with just two left to add in the next 24 hours or so. We’ve also added a massive pile of Lost Sector guides as well, so check the hub of an overview of where to find them and how to finish them. We’ve also added a handful of new Strikes!
Destiny 2 classes and subclasses
It has been confirmed that all three of the original game’s classes will be making a return in Destiny 2. These are the Hunter, Warlock and Titan.
Each will receive a new subclass in Destiny 2. The Hunter’s new subclass is the Arcstriker, the Warlock’s is the Dawnblade and the Titan’s is called Sentinel.
Other subclasses have also been announced and we have a few making a return too! Here are our in-depth guides to playing each one:
- 1. Hunter Arcstrider – Hunter Arcstrider guide
- 2. Hunter Gunslinger – Hunter Gunslinger guide
- 2. Hunter Nightstalker – Hunter Nightstalker guide
- 1. Titan Striker – Titan Striker guide
- 2. Titan Sentinel – Titan Sentinel guide
- 3. Titan Sunbreaker – Titan Sunbreaker guide
- 1. Warlock Dawnblade – Warlock Dawnblade guide
- 2. Warlock Stormcaller – Warlock Stormcaller guide
- 3. Warlock Voidwalker – Warlock Voidwalker guide
If you want to get an overview of all things to do with the game’s Guardians, check out our core Destiny 2: Subclass guide page.
Destiny 2 Strikes
There will be a total of five Strikes available at launch. PlayStation 4 owners will have an exclusive – titled Lake of Shadows – at some point, although we do not yet have a release date for this additional content.
Our core Destiny 2 Strikes hub contains plenty of information about this kind of content, but if you just want guides for specific encounters, check out the links below:
- 1. Exodus Crash – Destiny 2: Exodus Crash guide
- 2. Inverted Spire – Destiny 2: Inverted Spire guide
- 3. Lake of Shadows – Destiny 2: Lake of Shadows guide
- 4. Pyramidion – Destiny 2: Pyramidion guide
- 5. Savathun’s Song – Destiny 2: Savathun’s Song guide
- 6. The Arms Dealer – Destiny 2: The Arms Dealer guide
There’s going to be a Raid as well, but it won’t be available immediately at launch. Check out our Destiny 2 Raid guide for the latest information, straight from Bungie.
Destiny 2 Crucible PVP
Destiny’s Crucible PVP [player-versus-player] is now limited to teams of four, and there’s a new Crucible attack and defend mode known as Countdown too. There’s a decent mix of new and returning maps and modes, and you can access all of our guides for this area of the game using the links below:
- 1. Altar of Flame – Altar of Flame guide
- 2. Endless Vale – Endless Vale guide
- 3. Javelin-4 – Javelin-4 guide
- 4. Legion’s Gulch – Legion’s Gulch guide
- 5. Midtown – Midtown guide
- 6. Retribution – Retribution guide
- 7. The Dead Cliffs – Retribution guide
- 8. The Fortress – Retribution guide
- 9. Vostok – Vostok guide
- 1. Clash – Clash guide
- 2. Control – Control guide
- 3. Countdown – Countdown guide
- 4. Supremacy – Supremacy guide
- 5. Survival – Survival guide
Planning to play Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4? Good news for you, then, as you’ll be able to get stuck into an exclusive PVP map for at least one year following the release of the game. Our Retribution guide contains everything we currently know about this exciting new battleground.
Destiny 2 story, campaign and setting
The story of Destiny 2 begins with an invasion of the original game’s Tower player hub by the Red Legion, led by a character called Lord Ghaul. Our Homecoming guide contains a complete video walkthrough of this first mission if you’d like a taster of what’s to come.
After the attack, players are forced to flee the city, losing their Light power to Ghaul in the process, and kissing all of their hard-earned loot goodbye in the process. Thus, Bungie ensures that old and new players alike start off on an equal footing.
- Mission 1: Homecoming – Homecoming walkthrough
- Mission 2: Adieu – Adieu walkthrough
- Mission 3: Spark – Spark walkthrough
- Mission 4: Combustion – Combustion walkthrough
- Mission 5: Hope – Hope walkthrough
- Mission 6: Riptide – Riptide walkthrough
- Mission 7: Utopia – Utopia walkthrough
- Mission 8: Looped – Looped walkthrough
- Mission 9: Six – Six walkthrough
- Mission 10: Sacrilege – Sacrilege walkthrough
- Mission 11: Fury – Fury walkthrough
- Mission 12: Payback – Payback walkthrough
- Mission 13: Unbroken – Unbroken walkthrough
- Mission 14: Larceny – Larceny walkthrough
- Mission 15: 1AU – 1AU walkthrough
- Mission 16: Chosen – Chosen walkthrough
The events that follow this invasion will take place across four different zones:
European Dead Zone (EDZ) is approximately twice the size of any previous zone that the team released for Destiny 1. There will be forests, caves and abandoned towns in the explorable area known as the European Dead Zone.
– Our European Dead Zone (EDZ) guide contains everything we currently know about this zone.
Io is a moon of Jupiter and something of a sacred place for the game’s Warlock class. Expect much lore to be uncovered here, and it’s the new home of Ikora Rey who is the Vanguard – or leader – of the Warlocks.
– Take a look through our Io guide for info, screenshots, trailers and more.
Nessus has been almost entirely over-run by the Vex faction, and is packed full of unique vegetation and sweeping canyons. In the wake of the apocalyptic introduction, the Hunter’s Vanguard Cayde-6 has set up his base on this planet.
– See our Nessus guide for all of the latest, breaking information about this zone.
Titan is a moon of Saturn and effectively one big ocean. There’s no land-mass whatsoever here, just huge rolling waves with platform outposts dotted precariously within it. The Titan’s Vanguard (appropriately enough) is based here and goes by the name of Commander Zavala.
– Visit our growing Titan guide for more details on what to expect from this world.
Here’s the Worlds of Destiny 2 trailer that was recently released by Bungie:
We’ve got a hub page up and running for each zone which highlights everything that we currently know about them all. Right now that information is quite limited, but once we’ve had experience with the beta and the live game, we’ll be filling them out with guides to every single mission and activity that’s available on each one.
What exactly will those activities amount to though? We know there’ll be a Story Campaign, Adventures, Patrols, Lost Sectors, and Public Events. Check out the following links for more details of what each of these activities entail:
- Campaign – Destiny 2: Campaign walkthrough
- Flashpoints – Destiny 2: Flashpoint guide
- Lost Sectors – Destiny 2: Lost Sectors guide
- Adventures – Destiny 2: Adventure guide
- Scannable Objects – Destiny 2: Scannable Objects guide
Milestones are Daily and Weekly challenges that send you off around the world completing various objectives in exchange for new equipment. This is a key part of getting your Power rating above 260, so make sure you check out our Milestones guide for the full lowdown on this new approach to upgrading your Guardian.
There are two new social spaces for Destiny 2. Now that the original Tower’s been destroyed, you’ll be doing your initial socialising at a place called The Farm, located in the European Dead Zone region of Earth. There’ll also be a new Tower to hang around in as well!
Achievements and Trophies
Naturally, there’ll be plenty of Achievements or Trophies (depending on your platform) to unlock. You can find the full breakdown of what you need to do to finish each one over at our Destiny 2 Achivements and Trophies guide page.
Destiny 2 weapons and armour
As welcome as many of the changes for Destiny 2 are, it’s all about the armour and weapon loot when it comes to playing the game for the long haul.
We’re assured there will be a disgusting number of new items to grind out in the sequel, and you can find a rundown of the best weapons we’re currently aware of in our Exotic Weapons guide. Expect that to grow a great deal as we approach the beta and the live game.
Of course there’s no point packing the best weapons in the game if you’re going to drop at the first hint of damage. Fortunately there’s some equivalently powerful armour to go along with this weaponry, and our Exotic Armour guide has all the latest information.
We’ve also produced a Legendary weapons guide and a Legendary armour guide for you to peruse. Again, these will be updated over time but contain everything that’s currently known about this kind of equipment.
A quick note on how weapon slots are going to work going forwards. No longer will you have Primary, Secondary and Heavy weapon slots to play around with. Instead you’ll be able to pack a Kinetic, Energy and a Power weapon.
Intriguingly, it also looks as though we’re going to be able to mod and re-skin our weapons in the sequel as well. Details are a little sparse right now, but our Weapon Mods guide is well worth checking out if you want to know what’s what with this fascinating new feature that should help you stand out in battle.
On the subject of equipment, you might also want to take a look through our currency guide – it contains details about all of the upgrade and purchase currencies we currently know about.
Destiny 2 Clans and matchmaking
A new Clan system is coming to the game, which will allow players to create permanent in-game groups for themselves and their friends.
What if you need an extra person for your team though and no-one’s available? The Guided Games system lets you advertise your spot, and allows others to see people currently looking for an extra pair of hands.
Our Destiny 2 Clan guide has all the latest information about this exciting new development for the social side of the game. We’ve also just popped a new video explainer into that article, so you can get up to speed nice and quickly.
Destiny 2 gameplay reveal livestream
If you missed the recent livestream you can watch it in its entirety here. This contains pretty much everything that’s now known about the game:
If you just want to know what’s different to the first game, take a look at our guide on that very subject.
Destiny 2 release date
Destiny 2’s original release date has been brought forwards two days, and the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions will now launch on Wednesday 6th September 2017.
The PC version – available exclusively through Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher – will be released around a month and a half later on Tuesday 24th October.
Destiny 2 beta
Pre-ordering Destiny 2 at certain retailers will reward you with a key which grants access to the upcoming beta.
At E3 we learned that the beta would begin on PlayStation 4 on Tuesday 18th July, with the Xbox One version commencing the next day. On both days, the action kicks off at 10:00 PDT, which is 18:00 in the UK and 19:00 in Europe. The beta ends on all platforms on the 21st July at the same time.
As with all persistent online games, you should expect any character progress you make during the beta to be wiped ahead of the game’s launch in September. This ensures everyone starts off their journey on a level playing field.
To find out all of the latest developments, make sure you take a look through our Destiny 2: Beta guide – it’ll be updated regularly as new information about the beta plans emerges. It also explains what you need to do in order to actually take part in the beta!
Destiny 2 platforms
Destiny 2 will be released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. Destiny will also be playable on PC for the first time too, and will be available exclusive through Blizzard’s desktop launcher.
The PC version is expected to release after the console version, although a precise date has not yet been confirmed. We’ll update this guide when we know more.
Something else to be aware of is that Destiny 2 will not be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms this time around. Time to upgrade if you’ve not already done so we’re afraid.
Destiny 2 platform-exclusive content
A certain amount of Destiny 2 content will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 from launch until at least Fall 2018. This content includes an exclusive Strike called Lake of Shadows, armour for each class, an Exotic Weapon called Borealis, a ship, and the Retribution battleground.
Destiny 2 expansions
We know that there will be at least two expansions for Destiny 2. When we have more details of these, we’ll add them to this guide.
Since the last time we updated this guide, we’ve had a hint that the first DLC is in fact called Curse of Osiris, and will be released in December 2017. Still no word at all on the second expansion though.
Destiny 2 veteran rewards
In order to ensure that both veteran players and new players alike begin their journey through Destiny 2 on an even playing field, no previous character development or equipment progress from the first game will carry over into the second.
That said, a Destiny 1 character’s basic physical appearance will be transferred over to the sequel, but only if they managed to reach Level 20 and finished the Black Garden quest in the first game. Bungie has also confirmed that some kind of memorialisation of veteran characters will also take place, adding some sense of continuity to the game.
You can find more detail about how this system will work over at our Destiny 2 Veteran rewards guide page.
Destiny 2 trailers
In addition to the reveal video at the top of this guide, there have also been a handful of regular teaser trailers in the build-up to launch!