Even though the game doesn’t technically release until this evening, the Destiny 2 servers are officially live. Praise be Bungie.
If you opted for a physical copy of Destiny 2 and already have your hands on it, congratulations. You can start playing online with the other lucky duck Guardians. Those who chose digital copies, however, will have to wait until midnight local time to start mowing down Cabal and Fallen.
Several regions can access Destiny 2 servers even with digital copies, because, ya know, time zones. Bungie chose to do a rolling global launch, which means that while the United States won’t be able to play for several hours still, people in places like New Zealand, Australia, and Japan are already diving in headfirst.
With the launch of the game’s servers, a new message for the Destiny community has been released, shown in the video above. Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague gives a brief message, welcoming the newcomers and veterans alike to the world of Destiny.
“In Destiny 2, you’ll battle a new enemy on new worlds,” says Dague. “You’ll earn new ways to customize your character as you use new clan features to team up with your friends.”
Players worldwide are hyped for this release, and you can expect a ton of people going online at the same time. Unfortunately, this might lead to server queues in order to “regulate player population to provide stable conditions for Destiny gameplay.” In other words, you might have to wait in line to play, regardless of when the servers go live in your region.
Many players are already streaming the game on Twitch, but steer clear if you’re looking to stay spoiler-free, especially since the sequel’s story is supposed to be much better this time around.
Destiny 2 releases tomorrow for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24th for PC.