Destiny 2 early access beta preloads are now live

The Destiny 2 PC beta is set to begin in just a few days: August 29, specifically, or August 28 if you've preordered the game—or happen to be a lucky member of the PC Gamer Club. And if you're among that crowd of early go-getters, you can actually start preloading the game right now. 

Destiny 2 is available exclusively through, so fire it up, select Destiny 2 from the list of games, and then hit the big blue "Install" button. If you preordered from a retailer rather than online, you'll need to redeem your "Bungie code" at to get your beta early access code. 

Bungie also posted the default control map, although the controls can be customized however you like, and noted that a "text chat" function will be available "for sending tactical callouts and witty banter to other players in your Fireteam." There are multiple text chat visual modes and also a "whisper" option for communicating with people on your friends list, and "after beta, but in time for launch, we plan on adding a Team channel (similar to team voice chat) and the ability to whisper to Clan members." 

There's also a list of "confirmed issues that may impact gameplay":

  • Players may encounter issues when playing the Destiny 2 Beta with  drivers that are out of date. Updating drivers to the latest version  grants the best experience when playing Destiny 2 on PC.
  • The  Destiny 2 Beta may not run when installed to a folder with some  localized character types in its name (e.g. Greek, Cyrillic, Kanji,  etc.). Players should ensure that they install the Beta to a path that  does not include these character types, or use the default install  location.
  • Players may encounter issues when joining the  Fireteam of another player on their same local area network. Players who  encounter this issue should ensure that they have UPnP enabled in their  network settings.
  • MSAA is still under development. As such,  players may encounter various issues including visual artifacts and  performance degradation when using MSAA.
  • Multi-GPU support  is still in development. Players may encounter issues including visual  artifacts and performance impacts when using NVIDIA SLI. AMD Crossfire  support is not available in the Destiny 2 PC Beta.
  • The  Destiny 2 Beta must be launched from Blizzard’s app. If  players launch the Beta client directly from the executable, they may  receive an error message or the Destiny 2 Beta client may become  unresponsive. Players who encounter this issue should close the Beta  client through the user interface or by pressing Alt+F4, and proceed to  launch the Destiny 2 Beta using the “Play” button in the Destiny 2 tab  of the Blizzard app.

"This Beta is a Test! We will learn a lot to help support the full PC release on October 24," Bungie wrote. "We want to know what you think! We have a Feedback Forum set up and ready. If you think you might have found a bug, let us know in our Game Issues forum. Thank you for helping test the PC game and our servers!"

Last but not least, let's meet Commander Zavala. He's the Man with the Plan.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.