The beta for Destiny will run for eight-and-a-half days on PlayStation platforms and four-and-a-half on Xbox, Activision has announced.

The beta will begin at 5am on July 18 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners, go offline on July 22 and 23, open for all platforms at 5am on July 24, and finish at 6:59pm on July 28.

Those that pre-order the game are guaranteed access to the beta, although it's likely Activision will give away some keys as well.

Activision has also announced Collector’s Editions of the game, as well as an Expansion Pass which includes access to the game’s first two pieces of DLC: The Dark Below and House of Wolves.

Destiny is set for release September 9.