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Bungie’s Destiny 2 is less than four months away, and earlier this week the developer revealed more details about their upcoming game in an hour-long livestream.
The biggest change coming to the Destiny universe is the brand new Story Campaign, which will include a dramatic and cinematic narrative structure that can be played solo or with friends:
In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.
The livestream also offered the first details on new game types (“Countdown,” a competitive multiplayer mode), new subclasses (“Sentinel Titan,” “Dawnblade Warlock,” and “Arcstrider Hunter”), and an online matchmaking service that Bungie is referring to as “Guided Games.”
Destiny 2 will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 8, and a release date for the game’s PC launch will be announced at a later date. A closer look at the Story Campaign, and a playthrough of the first Story Campaign mission, can be found after the break. (more…)
Destiny 2 will probably be upon us this year, assuming there are no delays like most AAA game these days. Bungie recently released the first teaser trailer alongside a rather naff logo. Seriously, the new logo looks like it was thrown together in Photoshop by a bored cat. I even managed to cook up some alternate designs while thinking about this opinion piece. The “2” just seems totally out of place. It could be more flush, using Roman numerals to match the Destiny font, or behind it, using a destroyed font to convey that war is coming, or is here already.
The trailer reveals very little about the game itself, beyond the fact that the Guardian Tower has fallen. It’s a clever story device, similar to Shepherd being resurrected at the start of Mass Effect 2, and it allows the game to shirk off aspects of the original, starting afresh with new adventures not constrained by the previous generation.
One issue Destiny fans never had to deal with was its graphics, as it is one of the prettiest first person shooters to grace the a console. The game’s problems lay in what was promised, or what fans hoped for, versus what was actually delivered. Even with The Taken King expansion, which is where I was introduced to the series, the game failed to truly dig into its own mythology, worlds, and threats, and became more of a slog, forcing players to revisit locations for the hundredth time all in the name of loot.
Yet, I don’t want to rant about failed promises of the original game. There is already an excellent post on Bungie’s Community Forums by “TrueMadnessNinja” that delves into the unfulfilled promises of the first entry. This is more of a wish list of things I wish had been in the first game, and I hope Bungie takes a look and can change my mind about picking up the sequel. (more…)
“There will be a ton of loot!”
With that totally unselfish sentiment, Nathan Fillion’s Cayde-6 rallies the troops to take back the Last City in Destiny 2. Humanity has paid the ultimate price at the start of the shooter sequel, which is officially scheduled to launch for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 8.
Bungie wants to take players players on an adventure “filled with new destinations around our solar system to explore.” New weapons and abilities, and a “fresh” story, will also greet veteran Guardians and newcomers on the battlefield:
In Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.
The official Destiny 2 reveal trailer, “Rally the Troops,” shows two of the Vanguard, leaders of the Guardians, inspiring the people of the Last City in an impassioned (and occasionally sarcastic) call to arms. In Destiny 2, players will answer this call, embarking on a fresh story filled with new destinations around our solar system to explore, and an expansive amount of activities to discover. There is something for almost every type of gamer in Destiny 2, including gameplay for solo, cooperative, and competitive players set within a vast, evolving and exciting universe.
Bungie also confirmed that we’ll get our first look at a gameplay reveal during a special livestream on May 18. The broadcast will showcase “a variety of fun, action-oriented activities within Destiny 2, and will highlight the brand-new, epic adventure waiting for players.”
Unfortunately, your characters from the original Destiny will not carry over to Destiny 2. The developer is promising that all players will get a “fresh start” with the sequel.
Players who pre-order Destiny 2 on any platform will receive access to a pre-release beta, and Bungie is planning to offer the game in multiple configurations including a Standard Edition ($59.99), a Standard Edition + Expansion Pass Bundle ($89.99), a Limited Edition ($99.99), and a Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) featuring premium digital content. There will also be a Collector’s Edition ($249.99) containing a fully-wearable Frontier Bag, the Expansion Pass, premium digital content, and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box.
An official Destiny 2 announcement is coming soon, and to help build the hype, Bungie released a brand new teaser trailer today starring everyone’s favorite Vanguard, Cayde-6 (Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion). The cyborg is seen lamenting the destruction of his favorite bar… which is then interrupted by several huge explosions.
Destiny 2’s “Worldwide Reveal Trailer” will be available on Thursday, March 30, at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). Earlier this week, Bungie also unveiled the game’s official logo.
Bungie unveils the official logo for Destiny 2
With Destiny 2‘s lengthy development cycle nearing its end, Bungie finally gave fans their first look at the game’s logo earlier today on Twitter.
In the three years that Destiny 2 has been in development, we’ve learned the game is in the works the PS4 and Xbox One, and that a PC launch is also a definite possibility. And thanks to last week’s poster leak, we’re also reasonably sure it’ll be released on September 8.
But even though we’re clearly getting closer to Destiny 2’s “official” announcement, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the game. Hopefully, Bungie will fill in some of the gaps sooner, rather than later.
Bungie has been promising a Fall 2017 launch date for Destiny 2 for quite a while now, so fans have been patiently awaiting the game’s official announcement. That didn’t happen today, but a leaked poster from a GameStop in Italy may have confirmed the game’s release date.
According to the Italian news site Lega Network, Destiny 2 will be released on September 8. Furthermore, the poster also states that a beta is planned, along with exclusive extra content for PS4 players.
And according to a separate report by Kotaku, not only is the poster real, but an official announcement for Destiny 2 will be happening “soon.”
How soon is “soon”? I have no idea. But I’ve suddenly got a hankering to watch Spaceballs again…
Bungie still isn’t ready to officially announce Destiny 2 just yet, but Activision executives continued to talk up its imminent release during a quarterly financial report yesterday.
Activision COO Thomas Tippl confirmed the game is still on track for a 2017 launch, and also said it’ll be followed by a “content season” of downloadable expansions:
Activision, along with their partners at Bungie, plan to answer the call with the release of a full Destiny sequel later this year, designed to thrill our existing loyal fan base and bring many new players into the fold. We plan to support the release of the sequel, with a great content plan post launch, setting the stage for growth with this year’s sequel and the content season that will follow.
Later in the same report, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg promised that Destiny fans are “going to love this game,” and narrowed down the release window to Fall 2017.
Bungie has produced four expansions for Destiny since its launch in 2014, and after re-releasing all the add-ons as part of Destiny: The Collection in September, the developer has now set their sights on the future and Destiny 2. Publisher Activision is also ready to start talking about the second game in the shooter series, and it came up several times during yesterday’s quarterly financial report.
COO Thomas Tippl started things off with confirmation that Destiny 2 will indeed be released sometime in 2017: “Activision and our talented partners at Bungie are hard at work on a sequel to Destiny which should energize both Destiny’s passionate fan base and bring millions of new fans to the franchise next year.”
Later, CFO Dennis Durkin added that Activision expects the sequel to broaden the appeal of Destiny even further: “We’re on track and really excited about what we think is going to be an awesome sequel for Destiny in 2017. No announcements today on timing just yet. But what I will say is, that sequel is designed to both excite our highly-engaged current players, but also to broaden the appeal even further, bringing in new fans and bringing back lapsed fans, as well. So that’s our primary focus right now.”
Activision and Bungie are keeping a tight hold on information related to Destiny 2, so it’s unknown exactly what gameplay changes might “broaden the appeal” of the franchise. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the sequel soon.