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Destiny beta confirmed for 'early 2014' with new gameplay trailer

First play test is pre-order incentive, confirms Bungie

As previously tipped, Bungie will host a Destiny beta in 'early 2014', the developer has confirmed.

Access codes will be sent to customers who pre-order the game at "participating retailers worldwide" for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Participating retailers in the US include Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart. In UK, that list is comprised of Amazon, Smyths, Tesco and Blockbuster.

"The required 9-digit entry code will be printed on their receipt, on a flyer distributed at time of purchase or sent via email through their respective retail rewards program," explains the PR.

Upon receiving your entry code you can register for the beta on the official site here.

Those of you that have pre-ordered the game at a participating retailer before today's announcement will automatically entered into the beta.

"Destiny Beta Redemption Codes are only available while supplies last," warns Bungie.

Little is said of the contents of the beta itself, other than it will "include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game".

Coinciding with today's announcement, Bungie has released a new trailer (below) focusing on the Moon and featuring the Hive, one of the four enemy races featured in the game.

"Destiny is the most ambitious game we have ever made, and it's our chance to transform the way you experience a new Bungie universe," comments Bungie president Harold Ryan.

"From day one Destiny has been an incredibly bold vision that Activision shares with Bungie. Destiny is a massive universe that is populated by the players, and for that reason we need fans to get their hands on the game, fans all around the world. We can't wait!"

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Set for release in 2014 on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One, Destiny is Bungie's first game since it parted ways with Microsoft and the Halo franchise it created.

Players take the role of a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, fighting alien foes in a bid to reclaim mankind's lost territory. Check out a high resolution version of the Destiny gameplay reveal video which debuted at E3 in June.

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