Destiny 2 is currently in production with a targeted release date of late 2017, although Bungie has been relatively quiet on the follow-up to its polarizing 2014 shared-world shooter. Nonetheless, a bit of digging has revealed a few tantalizing tidbits on the alien-blasting sequel, including potential story and gameplay details that shed light on what Destiny 2 may offer in comparison to its predecessor. One thing’s for sure---Destiny 2 will be a totally different beast to its predecessor.
We’re big fans of Destiny here at PSU, so have taken it upon ourselves to give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about Destiny 2 before Bungie finally decides to give us the long-awaited first look at the game.
Destiny 2 release date
Destiny 2 was originally planned to launch in 2016, though was ultimately pushed back and replaced by the Destiny expansion pack, Rise of Iron. Publisher Activision has confirmed that the sequel will arrive at some point in Q3 2017, although previous rumors from an insider on Reddit claimed a Q4 2017 release, possibly around mid-November. Looks like we’re getting the game earlier than that though, so we can probably expect Destiny 2 to drop around September, which would align with previous launches for the original game and its expansion.
Destiny 2 story
Activision has confirmed that Destiny 2 will up the ante when it comes to storytelling, which should address the criticisms that many gamers had with the original game. Specifically, the publishing giant has mentioned that a “cinematic story” will be one of the main highlights of the game, although we don’t yet know what to expect. However, the same Reddit insider as mentioned above claims that the game will feature the Cabal attacking the Tower, which involves Guardians having to jump to the defense of the Last City, which also ties in with info garnered from a Mega Bloks toy line. Earlier reports also suggested that characters such as Xur, Agent of the Nine and the Cryptarch will be heavily involved in the plot this time around.
Destiny 2 - will your characters transfer over?
This is the big question for many people: will you be able to transfer over your original Destiny characters to the sequel? Again, the Reddit leak has indicated that this won’t be the case (instead, they claim that the game will offer more character creation options), but the good news is that Activision and Bungie have yet to make an official comment on the matter. Regardless, if Destiny 2 does indeed force plays to start from scratch, it’ll no doubt come as disappointing news for fans who have invested in their original characters for almost three years.
Destiny 2 DLC and expansions
Activision said last year that one of the main areas that Destiny 2 will address is the lack of updates, with the sequel promising not to fall foul of the pesky content droughts that plagued its predecessor. In addition, reports on Destiny 2 have claimed that the first major expansion is being developed as we speak, and will launch at some point in fall 2018.
Destiny 2 rumors
One of the biggest rumors pertaining to Destiny 2 concerns a possible PC release, which the original sadly lacked. While Bungie has made no announcement regarding a home computer launch for the sequel, it seems that a PC version is definitely on the cards. Furthermore, the Reddit insider claims that the game will carry a subtitle, with the game known as Destiny 2: Forge of Hope.
Space battles are also on many people’s wish list, and would prove a natural expansion to Destiny’s core gameplay; after all, you use ships to travel to locations, and we’ve already seen them in action during the intro to The Taken King. Destiny 2 gameplay could receive a more streamlined approach too, as Activision spoke in its recent earnings call about making the game more accessible to casual players. "We've made it more accessible to someone who just wants to have a great more casual first-person action experience,” said the publisher.
Could this possibly mean we’re looking at Destiny 2 raid matchmaking? It would certainly make the game more accessible to the average gamer, and would simultaneously address one of the major gripes people had with the original game.