This week at Bungie, we’re grading one test and cramming for the next.
The Destiny 2 Beta on PlayStation and Xbox is over! Millions of you showed up to stand in the fires of the Tower and fight back. If you were one of the brave souls who dove past the drill to infiltrate the Inverted Spire, we thank you from the bottom of our sadistic hearts. The Crucible was an epic struggle between Market and Rugs. The Farm was so packed for the one hour we tested, we had to coop the chickens.
All told, this was the biggest Bungie Beta ever, and we’re not even done running eager test subjects through the obstacle course. We learned a lot about how we can improve the launch of Destiny 2 – on consoles, at least. There will come a time for a public analysis of our findings. Before we dare take a victory lap or share statistics for how many shots were fired in the new version of Control, we have preparations to make for the final phase of pre-launch sparring.
PC Community! You are up next. And this will be our first dance. Save the Date.
Destiny 2 PC Beta
Early Access: August 28
Open Beta: August 29
Beta Ends: August 31
We know you want to know what you’ll need to play. This question has been floating on the winds of the Internet ever since we finally uttered a sentence with the words “Destiny” and “PC” and “Yes!”
The following are the specs for what you’ll need to build to participate.
Intel - Core i5-2400
AMD - Ryzen R5 1600X
Nvidia - GeForce GTX 970
AMD - Radeon R9 390
Intel - Core i3-3250
AMD - FX-4350
Nvidia - GeForce GTX 660 2GB
AMD - Radeon HD 7850 2GB
If you’re upgrading, here is hardware that’s available today and runs the game well:
CPU - Intel Core i5-7400
GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
CPU - Intel Pentium G4560
GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
Bungie’s Event Machine
CPU – Intel i7-7700k
GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB
These are the specs for the Beta. They could change before launch on October 24. It all depends on how things play out.
This is not the last piece of news we’ll have for PC players prior to the Beta. In the weeks to come, expect us to sound off again with more details on how you can get the most out of your first steps in the PC build. Today, we wanted to let you know when the exercise will begin, and give you enough time – assuming you’ll even need it – to build the perfect rig. There's much more to come.
We’re looking so forward to hosting you for this crucial testing op. It’s been a long time since Bungie has served gamers on anything other than a console. This is an exciting time for us in our studio, and we’re packing a lot of love into the PC Beta. We hope you’ll join us for this tactical pre-party.
Stop Them Cold
Did you hear the one about the new Exotic Weapon that you’ll meet in Destiny 2?
Everyone will have a chance to get their hands on this weapon in Destiny 2. If you want to be the first Guardian in a Public Event to trace your enemies with pure energy, reserve yours now. If you already have a pre-order in your hot hands, this cool implement of destruction will be waiting for you.
Destiny 2 is closed – for now. That front will open back up for more testing on new platforms soon. In the meantime, there are some pretty heavy milestones in the Crucible that we have known for three years that need to be observed.
Do you look good in royal blue? Have you reached Rank 7 in your Age of Triumph Record Book? This weekend will be the last occurrence of Trials of Osiris before the offer to obtain the Age of Triumph t-shirt expires. If that page needs some final love, this will be your last chance. Your deadline is August 1. This weekend will not be the last Trials of Osiris, mind you, but it is your last time to profit uniquely.
Next week, the Iron Lords will host their very last competition in the Destiny 1 Crucible. It’s the end of an era! One more time, you’re invited to Felwinter Peak to collect some Bounties and let your Light run wild in the Iron Banner. The circle will close where it began. The game is Control. You’ll discover the rewards in the offing when you visit Efrideet.
We’ve arrived at an interesting time where we live in between two worlds. Step by step, we’ll migrate to a brand new title. Don’t miss out on your last chance to partake in these rituals as you know them.
Calling all Overlords
Are you the leader of a Clan? If you are, your gaming life is about to get a lot more interesting in Destiny 2. While you wait for that day to arrive, we have some housekeeping for you to do.
Yesterday, we updated Bungie.net with some new functionality to let Group Founders prepare their Clans for the trek to Destiny 2. If you are Founder of a Clan, give the support documentation a read. If you are a member of a Clan, go and rally your leadership to do what they gotta do.
Proctors of the Test
Destiny Player Support always has one eye on the game, one eye on the datacenter, and one eye on the road. The rest of their eyes are on the Bungie.net forum. While we were Beta testing, they were taking the Moose by the horns. They never sleep. Well, not at the same time anyway.
This is their report.
Preparing for Destiny 2 PC Beta
The Destiny 2 Console Beta provided a great amount of data and information for our internal teams to address leading up to September. The next round of Beta testing is coming in late August for PC. If you have pre-ordered Destiny 2, follow these steps to register:
Sign-in to Bungie.net - Create or sign in to a Bungie.net account using your Blizzard Account, PlayStation Network, or Xbox Live credentials
Redeem the Early Access Pre-order Code - Enter the Destiny 2 Early Access Beta Code provided by the retailer on Bungie.net/redeem
In the coming weeks, we’ll update help.bungie.net/Beta to reflect PC Beta times, and the process of downloading the client. Until then, stay tuned to @BungieHelp for further instruction.
Please note the following:
If players experience issues retrieving a Destiny 2 Early Access code upon pre-order, they must contact their retailer for further assistance
Code redemption does not display properly on some mobile devices. Please visit Bungie.net on a web browser if you are experiencing any issues, and post a report to the #Help forum detailing your experience
Players will only be granted one Destiny Beta Download Code per Pre-order. Bungie will not replace codes if they are lost or have been redeemed for the incorrect platform
Preparing Clans for Destiny 2
Wednesday, we announced important steps for Group Founders to take leading up to the release of Destiny 2. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from the #Help forum:
Q: When will Destiny 2 Clans have access to the new Destiny 2 Clan features?
A: On August 23, 2017, Bungie.net and the Destiny Companion Mobile App will undergo maintenance to apply the chosen options to existing Groups and Clans. Once Bungie.net and Destiny Companion services have been restored, some of the new Destiny 2 Clan features will be available on Bungie.net and the Companion App, such as the Clan mottos and Clan banners.
Q: How can a Clan name reservation be redeemed?
A: If the "Remain a Group" options was chosen, the user that was designated as the Clan Founder when the process was finalized on August 23, 2017 will hold the Clan name reservation. To redeem the Clan name reservation, this user can simply create a new Clan with the reserved name. Any other user that attempts to create a Clan with the reserved name will receive an error message saying that the reserved Clan name is already in use. If a reservation is not redeemed by September 20 2017, the Clan name will become available for use by anyone seeking to create a new Clan.
Q: How can the Group Founder change the designated Clan Founder?
A: The Group Founder can set the designated Clan Founder from the Clan Roster page. To get to the Clan Roster from the Clan homepage, please click the "CLAN" button on the ribbon between "MEMBERS" and "LEADERBOARDS."
Q: What will happen to non-Clan members of Groups that choose the "Upgrade Clan" option?
A: Non-Clan members removed when the Group is deleted on August 23. If players wish to retain membership, they must enroll in the Clan prior to August 23. For example, if a player is strictly a non-Clan member of two Groups that choose the “Upgrade to a Destiny 2 Clan” option, they will be removed from both.
For all preparation steps for Destiny 2 Clans, please see this Help Article.
Like the Guardians he serves, your friendly neighborhood Community Manager is back from his maneuvers in the new world. He has news to report about fresh activity for your trigger fingers and your eyeballs.
Cozmo: For the final Iron Banner for Destiny 1, we're going out with a bang. In recognition of his commitment to unlocking the mysteries of the event, HeyFitzy has been designated as the target for the Iron Banner Bungie Bounty. It just rolls off the tongue.
Cozmo: If you are sad that the Destiny 2 Beta is over, cheer up! We got lots of videos to keep as memories of our time in the test build.
As always, the winners will be receiving a special D1 Emblem to commemorate their accomplishment. The best way to get your video seen by us is submitting it to the Creations page. The best way to win is to channel your inner hero into the cut. Here are some of our favorite movies from the Beta.
Movie of the Week: Praise Power Ammo (Explicit language)
Honorable Mention: Excitable Shaxx.
Honorable Mention: Drop the Bass
Honorable Mention: They weren't ready for this...
Those were some sweet movies, but I need to share what was my movie of the week.*
All month long, our favorite Fireteam at IGN is chatting about their experiences from a recent visit to our studio. They played a lot of Destiny 2 and they debriefed the team who is finishing it. There’s one chapter from their story that I want to call out personally.
This blog article was written in English, but it will be read in many different languages. It’s an enormous privilege to be able to speak to a global community. Our Localization Specialists are so much more than translators. They are storytellers and community managers in their own right. We’re lucky to have them on our team, and I’m personally lucky to have them carrying our message forward to the rest of the world.
Speaking of the rest of world, we’re going to gamescom! Can’t wait to join the press of humanity and watch the Rhine flow by again. The road to launch has some more awesome stops for us to make. Germany is next on the itinerary.