Release Date:PS4, Xbox One: September 6, 2017, PC: October 24, 2017
Destiny 2 is an upcoming first person, online-only shooter. The game is being developed by Bungie with some help from High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions. It is a direct sequel to the original Destiny, though Bungie said there are some substantial changes to the game that will make it stand out from the first. Like the original Destiny, the game will be published by Activision. The game is coming to the Xbox One and PS4 on September 6, 2017 and will also be coming to PC through Blizzard’s Battle.net on October 24, 2017.
Bungie has long talked about having a “10-year plan” for the Destiny series. Bungie and Activision originally had a plan to release a game every two years but there were unforeseen delays for the game and in February of 2016, the company announced the second game in the series was coming sometime in 2017. Around the same time Bungie announced it had officially begun working on Destiny 2, it hired a writer that had worked on some of the biggest science fiction themed games of the last few years in Christopher Schlerf.
Almost since the beginning of talk about the sequel, there were rumors that it would be available on PC, as well as the Xbox One and PS4. There were also rumors the game would not be coming to previous generation consoles. The original Destiny had been released on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 but it was confirmed Destiny 2 would not be going to those consoles and would be coming to the PC.
Bungie had originally said that the characters in Destiny, as well as progression, would be brought forward into the sequel. In the Spring of 2017, the company stepped back from that claim and has now said very limited things will be carried forward. Bungie said they decided to make this change because they wanted to make the game more attractive to those who were just joining the series.
On March 23, 2017, a promotional poster was leaked that contained the September 8 release date for the console version. While the company did not confirm the release date, they did release a new image themselves. This picture, put on on their official Twitter account, showed the iconic Last City in smoke and flames with Destiny and a large “2” over the Traveler. Shortly after that image was released, Bungie put out a teaser trailer that starred Cayde-6 attempting to recruit Guardians to his cause.
On March 30, a full reveal trailer was released with Zavala , Cayde-6 and Ikora trying to rebuild their forces after a suprise attack took out The Last City. While the game was later confirmed to be coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC, it was also confirmed in May of 2017 that there were no plans by the company to make a version for the Nintendo Switch.
Before E3 2017, a new trailer was released that was narrated by the main villain of Destiny 2, Emperor Ghaul. This was meant to signal that this game will be focused more on the story than the original game. At the same time, the trailer showed that the release date had been moved up to September 6, 2017. It also confirmed the PC release date for October 24, 2017. The company also announced a few open betas. Those who preordered the game got access to the beta on July 18, 2017. The beta was opened to console owners on July 21 and ran until July 26th after an extension. The PC Beta was set for August 29, 2017.
Set about a year after Rise of Iron, the original Destiny‘s final expansion, The Last City is attacked by Emperor Ghaul and his forces. Ghaul is angry because he believes the Traveler made a mistake in giving humanity the power of the light. During the sneak attack, he is able to destroy the Guardian’s home and take away their power.
The Guardians, along with Cayde-6, Zavala and Ikora have to find a new rally point, and go on a quest to get all new powers. As part of this quest, they will be fighting new enemies and traveling the galaxy to new worlds.
As was the case in the original game, expansions are planned that will add further story elements to Destiny 2 and will likely bring more villains into the fold once they have been released. Bungie has not yet announced what plans for those expansions are going to be.
Much of the gameplay in Destiny 2 will be similar to the original game. The point of view of the characters will be the same. There will be new weapons and powers but they will be based on the same kind fo structure as what we saw in the original. There are three classes in this version, Hunters, Warlocks and Titans. However, this time around there will also be sub-classes namely Titan Sentinel, Titan Striker, Hunter Arcstrider, Hunter Gunslinger, Warlock Voidwalker and Warlock Dawnblade. Each of them will have their own set of different abilities.
Each class will have access to specific weapons and powers and players will be able to progress and level up while gaining better loot in the process. Each of these classes will also have a new subclass compared to the original game. The game modes will be similar to those in the original Destiny as well. There will be PvE modes as well as PvP modes. Like the original, the PvP modes will be contained in what is called the Crucible. The PvE mode will be the main story missions of the game.
Destiny 2 will feature different PVE activities which includes Lost Sectors and Adventures. The latter will essentially be small slices of story segments which will depend on where you are currently located in the game whereas the former will feature dungeons in which the player would need to defeat the boss and acquire loot.
Bungie have also made a number of changes in the PvP activities besides reducing all modes to 4v4. The Crucible’s capture point will take the same amount of time to capture regardless of how many players are in the radius. Once captured, players will be granted more bonus per kill. Further improvements and changes include smoother connectivity, thoughtful use of super abilities and map design getting affected due to smaller team size.
The look and class of the protagonist will be customizable and upgradeable. Nolan North has been confirmed to be returning to the game as the Guardian’s Ghost. Cayde-6, Zavala and Ikora are also returning in Destiny 2 and it appears there will be more interaction during the missions than there was in the original game.
The trailers and the open beta have shown that the Guardian will be introduced to other NPCs that will help the player go up against the game’s big bad, Emperor Ghaul. Ghaul has more of a speaking part, as the beta showed, than other villains players have taken on. It’s not clear if there will be other enemies that will have the same kind of characteristics as Ghaul.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.