Destiny Beta Now Offline For Maintenance Until July 23, New Pre-Order Content Revealed In Trailer [VIDEO]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jul 21, 2014 01:46 PM EDT
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The Destiny beta will now be unavailable for two days as part of planned maintenance, which was announced before the beta began.

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Bungie's title has entertained PlayStation owners since its July 17 release, but is now offline until Wednesday, when it will begin again and launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Bungie ran two "Iron Banner" special events prior to the maintenance shutdown, which opened up extra maps and a slightly different game mode to PS4 and PS3 players. It also unlocked some special challenges and an extra area of the hub zone, The Tower.

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The Destiny beta launched with some difficulty, with PSN struggling to handle the increased traffic. Players were blocked from inputting their download codes (which were sent out several hours after the planned launch time) for a while before they started going through. Downloads were slow, as well, but eventually everything smoothed out--the beta experience has been relatively issue-free since then.

The level cap was soon revealed to be eight--just like in the alpha--and Bungie stated that it had not yet decided whether or not beta progress would carry over to the full release. The team stated that it would depend on how the beta goes, and if anything major would change before the full release.

It's unclear what exactly Bungie is aiming to achieve during this maintenance period that needs several days, but given that it was scheduled from the beginning, the developers clearly have a plan for the period (perhaps analyzing statistics, etc).

Bungie also released a new trailer for pre-order content--access to the Vanguard's armory--which you can watch below.

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