Bungie have stated that they’re playing their cards “a little closer to the vest this time” with the Beta for the upcoming Destiny 2. This was made apparent via the latest Fireteam Chat with Bungie and IGN.
When asked about the absence of Engrams in the Destiny 2 Alpha (at E3 2017), Community Manager DeeJ put forward quite a robust statement, going on to say:
That’s not really one of the things we’re opening up to with conversation, probably until the game launches. That’s not something people should expect to engage with here at E3, that’s not something people should expect to engage with during the Beta.
I remember last time we did this back in 2014, we had the alpha here at E3, people were exploring ALL of Old Russia, so that by the time that they got to the launch game, they said “well, I’ve done everything that there is to do in the first destination, and I’ve already explored the second destination”. So you had to get half way through the game before you see any real estate. So we’re keeping our cards close to our chest this time.
Admittedly, DeeJ doesn’t come flat out and say that the Beta will be more restrained, but it certainly sounds as though that’s the angle Bungie are aiming for.