Good news for those looking forward to Destiny 2 – it’ll have an early launch, if you’re playing on console and have access to PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.

So, if you have Xbox Live Gold, or PS Plus, you’ll be able to play early, on September 6, 2017. PC users will have to wait a little longer – they’ll get their launch date on October 24, 2017, and you can preorder it here.

However, you’ll only get beta access if you preorder. For PlayStation players, their beta access will begin July 18 at 6pm BST; for Xbox users, it’ll be from July 19 at 6pm BST. From there, on July 21 at 6pm BST, players on both consoles, who didn’t preorder, will get access to the beta; preorder customers will get those extra two or three days, so that’s a good incentive to get out there! The beta will conclude at 5am BST on July 23, 2017, so if you had fun with the hands on events at E3, you won’t have long to wait for more! For PC players, the beta will kick off in late August, with more details to come.

Early launch for Destiny 2

“Everyone always says that they can’t wait for fans to get their hands on their game. But we really mean it. Destiny 2 looks so awesome, I’m thrilled to announce that we are moving the release date up to September 6th” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “We are also hard at work with our friends at Bungie optimising Destiny 2 for the PC, which we will be releasing in all its glory on October 24. And tonight, we are taking a deeper look at Ghaul, our villain in Destiny 2, who the world is going to love to hate. It’s going to be a big week for Destiny fans.”

Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “For all of us at the studio, this is a humbling year to see the vision of the Destiny universe welcome its sequel, and for us, the most exciting part is to see what stories this amazing community will tell once it is in their hands.” He added, “We had an industry-defining moment at our Destiny 2 gameplay reveal in May, and at E3, the team is expanding hands-on to showcase a new subclass and will continue to highlight the vast variety of hands-on experiences that appeal to both solo and multiplayer gamers.”

A few timed exclusives were announced at E3: a competitive multiplayer map, a three-player cooperative Strike, a blue and white coloured ship, specialised gear sets, and an exclusive exotic weapon – we have some details for you over here, as well as a trailer for you to watch here.