Trailer for Destiny beta makes us want—SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY

Halo is one of videogame-dom's most beloved series, with pulse-pounding action and an involving storyline about a supersoldier, his AI partner and their fight against more enemies than a German soccer star in Brazil. Bungie developed the first five of the Halo games before moving on to its next surefire hit, Destiny. Now Destiny is finally coming for us.

The trailer below highlights the beta release of the game, i.e., the almost-but-not-quite-finished version. It looks pretty spectacular, and if the rumors of Peter Dinklage taking another crack at his voice-over performance are true, it should sound great, too. But it's the gameplay that counts, and it looks like Bungie is offering up a host of options for the shooter-inclined, including cooperative story missions and competitive multiplayer.

The beta version of the game will be in the hands of PlayStation 3 and 4 players on July 17, 2014, a full week before Xbox 360 and One gamers will have a crack at it, on July 23. This is surprising, because Bungie was once acquired by Microsoft before they split off (Halo, whose first two games in the series were initially released for the PC and the Xbox, later became Xbox-only.)

Both consoles will get the finished product on the same day, Sept. 9, 2014.

With a budget of $500 million, Destiny will be the most expensive videogame ever produced.

Via Coming Soon.

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