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‘Destiny’ beta requires a fresh download, old alpha client no longer functional

Photo courtesy of Activision, used with permission

Those hoping to save some bandwidth by reusing the same client from last month’s Destiny alpha weekend on the Playstation 4 have now been informed that they will be required to get a fresh download when the game’s beta begins later this month. According to a report by DualShockers on July 11, Bungie has confirmed that fans won’t be able to patch the PS4 E3 weekend alpha client for use within the upcoming beta. This month’s test will run on an entirely new build of the game.

In other words, the Destiny alpha client should now be deleted from gamers’ PS4 hard drives since the date is now useless and will not be used in the future. When the beta begins later this month, PS4 owners will have to download a fresh application just like everyone else in order to join in on the test.

Those who got to experience Destiny for the first time during the previous alpha test will find that plenty of new content is expected to be added to the game for July’s beta event. This includes several new maps to explore, both cooperatively and competitively. Fans need to preorder the game to guarantee access into the beta. Each preorder comes with a total of three keys so that gamers can invite their friends. Most likely, the additional beta keys are meant to ensure that the game’s co-op content gets tested.

Destiny launches this September on the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Bungie’s upcoming shooter will place fans within a shared-world experience that features design elements equally borrowed from MMO games as well as first-person shooters. While fans will be able to play much of the game by themselves, Destiny is built around the hopes that players will join others in co-op sessions to freely explore the game or take on three-man “strikes” that are similar to traditional dungeons. Those who enjoy competitive content will also be able to partake in standard matchmaking PvP.