A big surprise for all the Destiny fans
I believe we can all agree that the Halo franchise exceeded all expectations of the players and creators alike. Bungie definitely proved its worth with that series, and it’s what brought them a ten-year deal with Activision. Destiny was the first game made during this agreement. The online-only multiplayer FPS achieved significant success in 2014, and three years after that we will get the chance to play the sequel – Destiny 2.
Honestly, we don’t know much about the game at the moment. So far we’ve only seen one trailer, and it focuses more on the background story and character details than on the gameplay. According to the announcements from Bungie, the gameplay trailer will come somewhere in May, which is when we might have more information.
However, we can notice some familiar characters in the trailer, and the story is promising, which is definitely a good sign. You can check out the trailer below:
What Does the Trailer Reveal?
The first thing that we can notice in the trailer is that the Tower, as well as the City it protected, has fallen. That means that the last safe outpost of the human race now lies in ruins and is anything but safe. The Cabal commander Ghaul is the new powerful enemy leading an elite army called the Red Legion. The players will need to reunite city’s forces and fight together to defeat him and reclaim their home.
Zavala, Ikora, and Cayde all feature in the first Destiny 2 trailer. Zavala is talking to a bunch of guardians, while Ikora and Cayde are trying to motivate a different crowd. At one point of the trailer, you can clearly see Cayde offering the Guardian group lots of loot if they support him. Zavala, on the other hand, has a different approach – he talks about the importance of helping people and getting their homes back.
The trailer has done an excellent job in featuring the falling of the City. You can see the Tower crumbling while people are trying to get out of the wreckages and even children are shown trying to find their way of what were presumably their homes. Zavala and Cayde sought to put up a fight, but they were unable to deny the Cabal’s attack. That is why they are now focusing on gathering a resistance team to protect the humanity.
How Will They Do That?
After the Ghaul and the Cabal have invaded the City, they’ve stripped the Guardians of their power, and the survivors were forced to flee. That means that you will explore different and mysterious worlds of the solar system to find weapons and master combat abilities good enough to retake the Earth from the Red Legion. It is expected that each of the planets will feature a significant level of detail and will feel like a complete destination.
Hunter, Cayde, Titan, Zavala, Warlock and Icora Rey are among the characters you will get to play with in Destiny 2. You will be able to transfer the look of your character from the first game, given that you’ve fulfilled the requirement of reaching at least level 20. That means that the players will be able to keep the class, gender, race, face, hair and marking selections for their characters. On the other hand, you won’t be able to transfer power, currency, possessions or any items you own.
As the first part of the game, Destiny 2 will be an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter. It will feature story missions, which will probably be divided across different outposts. Aside from the missions, the game will also feature player vs. player combat. Although the chances are that they will only come with the expansion pass and not with the standard version of the game. Either way, the multiplayer will probably include similar modes like in the original Destiny. That means you will get the chance to play in matches that are objective-based and in the classic deathmatch mode.
The Fight Details
The essence of the gameplay won’t change much – you will kill bad guys, discover treasure, upgrade your skills or add new gear and then repeat all that. The secret of the Destiny’s success lies in brilliant shooting mechanics, which is something the authors are looking to further improve to provide an even better experience.
The official trailer fueled some interesting speculation when it comes to gameplay changes. For example, in one of the scenes, we can see Cayde fighting something that reminds of an animal. The fans on the web speculate if this is Cabal’s attack dog, but what remains certain is that animals will feature as enemies in Destiny 2. Which was not the case in the first game of the series (unless you count Hive thralls). Among the other enemies, we can notice a Cabal wielding no less than two swords, while the shields of Cabal Phalanxes got improved.
Destiny Is Evolving
The guys at Bungie have disclosed that work on the game will continue after it is released.
“We will constantly keep evolving the world of Destiny,” said David Dague from the developers’ team. “Our goal is to keep inspiring and surprising the community by offering new challenges. We dream of Destiny being a grand adventure that will unfold during the next ten years. During that period, we want to give the players new things to experience and a bunch of new content.”
The fact that Dague mentioned exactly ten years might not be an accident, considering that is the exact period of the contract between Bungie and Activision. The publisher also confirmed that they have big expectations for the Destiny franchise.
“Destiny was the biggest launch ever when it comes to new console video game franchises. Our focus now is to make the sequel even better. Destiny 2 will feature incredible first-person shooting action along with a brand-new story. Familiar and fresh characters and other innovations that we’ve carefully thought through,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision.
Great News for PC Owners
The first game in the series suggested that Destiny would be a console-only series. Fortunately for all PC owners, Bungie has already announced that Destiny 2 will release for PC as well. It makes sense that they want to spread the market and try to make the most money from the game.
Aside from PC, you will also be able to play Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. At the moment, you can pre-order the game from the developers’ website. The different purchase options include the standard edition (the base game) or a bundle with the expansion pass and the premium digital content. Bungie already discovered that there would be two expansions to the game, which will offer entirely new story missions, competitive multiplayer and cooperative activities and a host of fresh weapons, gear, and armor. The standard version of the game will cost you $59.99 to pre-order, while the digital deluxe version is $99.99.
An important advantage of pre-ordering is that it will give you the option of playing the beta version of the game. That practically means that you will be one of the first in the world to play Destiny 2. So make sure to get your ticket on time. Although we don’t know the date of beta release yet, Bungie and Activision confirmed that the full version is set for September 8, 2017. Considering that the developers had nothing but success so far when it comes to creating excellent FPS games, we have high expectations that Destiny 2 will also be a great game.