As of Tuesday night in the early hours of the morning for us in Australia, the open beta for the long awaited Destiny 2 went live. At the same time on Monday night, the pre-order beta went live, giving those who pre-ordered a copy an extra day to try out the beta. Today the European Dead Zone became available where players could travel to the Farm.
The Farm is the new social hub created for Destiny 2, once players complete the Homecoming mission they will unlock the Farm. Located in the European Dead Zone, it was open for only two hours earlier today. The Farm hopes to be apart of the story line for Destiny players and will be tied to their player progression. The farm will include vendors such as Postmaster Darbl 55-30 and Cryptarch Tyra Karn, a hanger where players can fix their ships and a Soccer field! Players can engage in a friendly soccer match with other players, complete with slide tackles and fireworks when a goal is scored.
Homecoming is the campaign story mission featured in the beta. You come back to Earth to find it has been invaded by the Cabal and they are sucking the light from the Traveler. You must find each of the commanders and help them rescue civilians, find the speaker and defend against waves of legionaries. After some stunning cut scenes that Bungie does so well you are straight into the combat, learning as you go. For Destiny veterans you jump in right where you left off. For new players it handles very much like any other first person shooter so the lack of tutorial is not at all a disadvantage to you.
Inverted Spire Strike in the Arcadian Valley is the coop mission that requires 1-3 players to complete objectives and defeat enemies. You must dodge giant drills, fly through portals over scenic waterfalls all while fighting off waves of Cabal and Vex. The final stage pits you against the Modular Mind boss, a giant Minotaur who teleports himself and the floor beneath you for 3 levels of epic battle.
The Crucible is where you can play 4v4 against other players in a quick-play or competitive environment. The two game modes included in the PvP setting are Control and Countdown. Control is much like a capture the flag game mode seen in other games such as Battlefield. Players must hold objectives to capture them from the enemy team while also defending those already captured from falling back into enemy hands. Points increase while the majority of objectives are held with the winning team either reaching 100 points or having the most points after the round time ends.
The Countdown mode is much like a bomb scenario mission from Counter-Strike. Teams will either attack and set the charge or defend and defuse it, the round can also be won by eliminating all enemy players. Rounds are very fast paced and even with revives available the rounds are over quickly and then you swap sides. Once a charge is set it must countdown to detonation, if the defending team eliminates all attacking players after a charge has been set, they will also need to defuse it to win the round.
With a few more hours of beta to go you can still try the game out before it’s release later in the year. Play the beta from Activision and Bungie for free on the Blizzard app or pre-order a copy ready for October the 24th.