Bungie will release Destiny 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6th, two days before the official launch date Bungie announced at the game’s reveal event last month. The new release date was slipped into the very end of the newest cinematic trailer for Destiny 2, which Sony showed off here at its E3 press conference. Soon after, publisher Activision also confirmed the PC release date — almost two months later, on October 24th.
It was originally assumed that this new release date was a PlayStation exclusive, part of Sony’s ongoing deal with Bungie and publisher Activision that’s lasted since the original game’s launch in September of 2014. As part of the deal, PS4 players will get access to exclusive strikes, weapons, and armor for up to one year after Destiny 2’s release. However, game director Luke Smith was quick to clarify on Twitter that the release date is for both consoles.
Smith’s careful wording here indicated that the PC version of Destiny 2 wouldn’t be ready in time for the console launch, a fact later confirmed by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "We are also hard at work with our friends at Bungie optimizing Destiny 2 for the PC, which we will be releasing in all its glory on October 24," Hirshberg said, confirming what Bungie had already admitted in an interview after the game’s big announcement.
Bungie also gave out beta information. The beta will last around two and a half days, from 1PM ET, July 21st to 12AM, July 24th for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC beta is slated to happen later on in August. If you preorder Destiny 2, Bungie says you’ll get early access to the beta: 1PM ET, July 18th for PS4 preorder owners, and the same time but a day later for Xbox One.