Here's Exactly How Destiny 2 and Its First Raid Will Roll Out

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Destiny 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players will be able to get their hands on the title in a matter of hours. In a lengthy blog post by Bungie, the company laid out exactly when the servers would go live.

When Can I Play?

You'll be able to jump in to the fun at 12am in your country. In the United States, that's going by Eastern Standard Time. Some countries like Australia are playing right now. You'll have access to the new Nightfall Strikes as soon as you get into the game. No matter your timezone, if you're on Playstation 4 or Xbox One, you can pre-load the game now to be ready to join the fight right when the time comes.

What About Raids?

The game's first Raid is coming September 13th at 1pm Eastern Time, and Trials are coming two days later at the same time. We don't know a lot about the Raid, which is definitely by design:

If you have witnessed the race to become the first to topple the final boss, you know we keep Raid info well under wraps. These are your moments to discover—your mysteries to solve. We’ve given you the when. You will soon discover the who, the what, and the where. Together, as a team, you might even discover the how.
— Bungie
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The Guided Games System

Destiny 2 will feature a 'Guided Games' system, designed to help solo players match with Clans to tackle difficult challenges as a Fireteam. Bungie is launching a 'soft beta' for the feature on September 12th at 1pm Eastern.

  • Nightfall Guided Games Beta: September 12th, 10AM  
    • 30-50% of players will be given seeker access, depending on clan participation in Destiny 2 during the first week.
  • Nightfall and Raid Guided Games: September 26th, 10AM  
    • Target: 100% of players will be given seeker access.

Here's the company's explanation for the beta:

This will allow us to slowly ramp up players over the course of September (and allow Clan populations to grow) so that everyone has a great experience.During the Guided Games Beta period, we need your Clans to fully test the system at scale. All Clans will be able to guide solo players, so once you’ve mastered the Nightfall, Fireteam up and guide solo players to the highest heights.
— Bungie
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Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 on September 6, but PC players will need to wait until October 24.

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