"Destiny" will launch this September. Courtesy/Bungie

Bungie’s “Destiny” beta for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 began Thursday, but the number of people attempting to access the beta is causing the PlayStation Network store to crash.

Those who preordered the multiplayer action game gained access to its coveted beta codes, but many players find themselves unable to reach the title, due to the large amount of people attempting to login. The error read: “The service is currently undergoing maintenance – E-820001F7.”

The “Destiny” alpha ran from June 12-16 -- and Bungie, based in Bellevue, Washington, said more than 6 million games were played during the test.

“Putting our Alpha out there lit a new kind of fire here at Bungie. It feels like we’ve been reborn. Putting alpha code out in the wild is always a risk; that build is ancient by our standards, riddled with content and bugs we’d never allow through to ship,” Bungie said on its blog June 20. “In many cases, the really rough and jagged edges had been hammered smooth long ago, making it all the more difficult to see them discovered, but in just as many others, there’s still work to do, and the only way to get it done is to let you touch down in our world to tear the place wide open.”

“Destiny” takes place 700 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting after a lucrative and successful period of exploration and peace called the Golden Age. The game is set in a universe where humans have colonized a number of livable planets in the solar system. But a disastrous event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious destruction of these colonies, leaving mankind nearly extinct. When humans attempt to repopulate and recover after the Collapse, aggressive and dangerous alien races are discovered in various towns and cities. Players will have the task of investigating and destroying the aliens before the human race is wiped out.

“Destiny” will launch Sept. 9 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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