Suit up for a free trial of ‘Destiny 2’ and carry over progress after purchase

Destiny 2 is one of the best shooters to release in 2017, and if you’re like us, you’ve already sunk dozens of hours into its campaign, competitive multiplayer, and cooperative missions. However, for those who haven’t suited up their Guardian quite yet, a free trial might change your mind.

Starting Tuesday, November 28, Bungie and Activision are releasing a free trial version of Destiny 2 for all available platforms. In this version of the game, players can explore two of the game’s destinations: the European Dead Zone on Earth and the moon Titan. Within these two destinations, they can access campaign missions and adventures.

Trial players can also access the Farm social space and take part in competitive multiplayer matches in the Crucible. Multiplayer is restricted to quickplay playlists during the free trial, but players can still join a clan and earn clan experience. Progressions in the free trial of Destiny 2 is capped at level 7, but players can carry over their progress to the full game when it is purchased.

Speculation of a free trial began when keen-eyed Destiny 2 players spotted an in-game emblem called “Mentor of Light” last week. In order to use it, one must “guide a trial player.” At the time, there was no trial available in Destiny 2.

This free trial works in Destiny 2‘s favor, as the game’s character progression could draw someone in after only playing for a day or two. The original game also had a free trial, but there has been a much more positive critical reception for the sequel.

The first paid expansion for the game, Curse of Osiris, is scheduled to launch on December 5. The expansion includes eight new missions taking place in a simulated region called the “Infinite Forest,” and it will include a remixed version of the Leviathan raid from the base game as well as new competitive and cooperative content. It’s available for free to those who bought the expansion pass. The second unnamed expansion is scheduled to launch next spring, and if Bungie’s release schedule resembles the first game, it’s likely we will get another major expansion next autumn.

Destiny 2 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Update: The body and title have been adjusted to reflect the official announcement from Bungie and Activision.

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