Destiny Xbox beta launches in “late July”

The closed beta for Bungie’s MMO-style shooter Destiny will begin on July 17th for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, according to a recent trailer reveal. However, the trailer also revealed that the Xbox 360 and One versions, however, will be arriving in “late July”.

The news was spotted by VideoGamer, and provides some more interesting details. Xbox Live Gold will be required, just as PS Plus is on Playstation. Regardless of what version you are getting, players are also required to have pre ordered the game in order to get the beta access code. Destiny is a consistent online world, so a constant internet connection is required as well to play the game. This delay seems to be part of a deal between Sony and Activision, with special DLC coming only to Playstation. Now Sony seems to have bought its console an extra two weeks with Bungie’s first post-Halo game.

The alpha for Destiny ran for several days last weekend, and according to statistics provided by Bungie, went very well. Over 6 million games were played, over 650,000 public events encountered, and over 190 million player kills. These numbers are pretty impressive, and Bungie has stated that they received a ton of valuable information from the alpha. Even better, reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, as Activision’s $500 million dollar plus bet on Bungie seems like it will be paying off. The number looks to be the most amount of money ever put into a video game, beating out GTA V. And don’t worry if you are a PC fan and want to get in on the action-Bungie seems adamant to bring Destiny to PC, despite the game not being available at launch.

If you have pre-ordered the game, and are looking to sign up for the beta, you can do so here. Destiny officially launches on September 9th.