Destiny 2 will be available to pre-load on consoles very soon, according to the game’s developer who let players know when they can download the game to their hard drives. Pre-loading is available to anyone who has digitally pre-ordered Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and they will soon be allowed to pre-load the game to prepare for the game’s launch on September 6.
There are different dates for each platform. Pre-loading will be coming first on Xbox One, promised to be available “early next week” while those on PlayStation 4 will get to download the game starting August 31. This is actually ahead of a September 3 pre-load date that was previously published on PlayStation Network.
To be clear, pre-loading will download the game’s full content to a console, but the game will not be able to connect to the Destiny 2 servers until the official launch of the game. Players may be able to load up to the game’s title screen, but they won’t be able to play the game until September 6.
Pre-loading eases the burden on each console’s online ecosystem by spreading out the download of a game so that not everyone is trying to download the game the moment it launches. It’s pretty standard practice these days for digital games.
As for Destiny 2, there’s still no word on exactly how large of download Destiny 2 will be. In addition, pre-loading for PC was not detailed, likely because that version of the game will come out nearly seven weeks after the console launch and the PC version is not quite complete. In fact, the PC beta starts August 28, so that is the next milestone for the PC version of Destiny 2.
Destiny 2 releases on September 6, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24, 2017 for PC.