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Destiny beta progress could carry over to final game

Bungie also promises new experiences "even for alpha veterans"

Progress made in the upcoming Destiny beta could carry over to the final game.

Asked if that will be the case, Bungie community manager David Dague told Eurogamer a final decision has yet to be made.

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"The beta is a test," he said. "It's extremely unknown as to what the outcome will be. So, it's certainly not a promise or an announcement that we're making at this time. It all depends on what we learn and how things shake out. So, we're certainly not telling players they can carry their progress over, but we haven't made any announcements either way."

While Dague said Bungie is keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to details on new gameplay experiences set to feature in the beta, he did seemingly confirm reports suggesting the public test will offer access to planets other than Earth.

"We do have new environments. There are new maps," he said. "In the Bungie Weekly Update we let slip a couple of glimpses of some of the new environments where people can go and fight in the Crucible in the beta, and it'll send them to destinations they have yet to even touch down on."

Dague went on to explain what the beta will offer from the start, while also promising "some new things even for alpha veterans".

"When you first play the beta the first thing you need to do obviously is create your character. You'll choose your class, your race, your gender, then customise your appearance, and then send that Guardian out into the wild.

"In many ways it is the beginning of your Destiny adventure. It has more of the story to experience. We've got more of the Crucible to experience. And obviously there is the exploration of Old Russia.

"So, we're looking forward to the fact that while much is known about Old Russia from people who played on the PlayStation 4 and streamed or shared components of their experience, we're taking everybody in the Bungie community who wants to play this game and we're turning them loose.

"So, people on the PlayStation 3, the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 join the fray, and they all get to understand what people have been talking about since we first started to let a small slice of the endgame experience download to their console."

The Destiny beta will commence this Thursday, July 17 on PS4 and PS3, and on July 23 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will remain open on all formats until July 27 at 11:59 pm PDT.

The beta will provide registered players with three download codes so they can invite two friends to join them.

It was rumoured earlier this week that the Destiny beta will include four story chapters, four competitive multiplayer maps and a cooperative Strike, among other features.

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