Destiny 2

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"New Legends Will Rise."
—Tagline
Destiny 2
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Developer(s):

Bungie
High Moon Studios[1]
Vicarious Visions[2]

Publisher(s):

Activision

Platform(s):

PC
Xbox One
PlayStation 4

Release date(s):

September 6, 2017[3] (console version)
October 24, 2017 (PC version)[4]

Genre(s):

First-person shooter MMO, Roleplaying Game

Mode(s):

MMO, FPS, RPG

Rating(s):

T[5]

 

Destiny 2 is an open-world multiplayer first-person shooter title video game developed by Bungie. It is the sequel to the shared-worlds FPS Destiny, and was released on September 6, 2017 on the Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. It was released on October 24, 2017 for PC.[6][2] The PC version requires the Blizzard App to launch, and features cross-platform functionality with other Blizzard titles. This includes using "Blizzard Balance" to purchase features of the game, and cross-platform chat functionality.[7]

Plot[edit]

Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.[8][9][10]

The game's story focuses on the Light, what happens when it gets taken from the Guardians, the lengths they'll go to to get it back, and Ghaul's coveting of it. The Darkness is not explained within the story.[11]

The Red War[edit]

The campaigns of Destiny 2 began with The Red War. Sometime after the events of Destiny, Dominus Ghaul invades The Last City, seizing the Traveler.

Features[edit]

Destiny 2 includes 4 new Patrol zones, Nessus, Io, Titan, and the European Dead Zone, the largest open world ever made by Bungie, filled to the brim with new enemies, weapons, armor, and activities such as public events, dungeons known as "Lost Sectors", mini-quests called adventures, and much more to do and explore.

The game features downloadable content, but the DLC will be released after the base game.[12] The two expansion packs will be centered around the cult of the exiled Warlock Osiris, as well as the ancient Warmind Rasputin for expansions 1 and 2, respectively. Players that have preordered Destiny 2 with the expansion packs will automatically receive access to the expansions upon release for the general public to purchase.

Character aesthetics such as face, sex, markings, etc. can be preserved and carried over for old players from Destiny 1, as long as those characters have both reached Level 20 and have completed The Black Garden Story mission. Everything aside from aethstetics do not transfer over to Destiny 2, in order to make the game feel like a fresh start and not a direct continuation of the original game. "Veteran accounts" are given "honors that reflect their Destiny 1 accomplishments". The Grimoire does not feature. The lore is implemented directly throughout Destiny 2. This includes a scanning feature that largely replaces the old system.[13]

New Cinematic Campaign[edit]

Destiny 2 features an all-new cinematic campaign with a host of new Story missions and cutscenes that form a story unlike that seen in its predecessor. The first mission, Homecoming, sends Guardians on a journey to take back The Last City and the Traveler from the Red Legion, led by Dominus Ghaul, who has a brief cameo in the first mission, explaining his intentions.

New Cooperative Missions[edit]

There are brand new Strikes in Destiny 2, which require up to 3 players to fully complete. One such strike is The Inverted Spire, which sends Guardians on an attack against a Vex stronghold on Nessus that is under siege by the Red Legion and culminates in a 3-stage boss encounter.

New Competitive Multiplayer[edit]

The Crucible functions differently in Destiny 2. All game modes feature two teams of four for every game mode. In-game, there is a new HUD that gives the player information on the enemy team, like when their Super is ready, or when and where they picked up ammo for their power weapons. There are also brand new maps and game modes. One of the new game modes, for example, is called Countdown, which is the first attack-defend game mode in the Crucible, similar to Call of Duty's Search and Destroy. The radar is also modified, with the detection radius being fixed, as opposed to it scanning until it finds an enemy.

New Challenging Raids[edit]

Destiny 2 features a new Raid known as Leviathan, taking place within the eponymous ship.

New Patrol Modes[edit]

Patrol activities in Destiny 2 feature all activities from the Patrol Mode of its predecessor: patrol missions, Public Events, materials, and loot chests. However, there are also be new heroic objectives, Adventures, treasure maps and Lost Sectors to explore. To assist in exploring these areas, players are able to use a map that marks all activities.

New Travel Destinations[edit]

Destiny 2 features four new destinations: European Dead Zone, Titan, Io, and Nessus. Each feature their own detailed environments. The new European Dead Zone is Bungie's largest ever open-world environment.

Weapon System[edit]

Instead of the primary, special, and heavy weapons in Destiny, the weapon slots in Destiny 2 are occupied by kinetic, energy, and power weapons respectively. Kinetic guns have no elemental attribute, otherwise function exactly as energy weapons, which are charged with void, solar or arc light. Some special weapons in destiny, like fusion rifles and sniper rifles have been moved into the power catergory, which is elementally charged and includes weapons like rocket launchers and grenade launchers.

Subclasses[edit]

All classes in Destiny 2 each get another exclusive subclass to replace the Sunsinger, Defender, and Bladedancer. Warlocks get access to the Dawnblade, which allows them to wield a sword of fire which enables them to send of waves of flames at enemies. Titans get access to the Sentinel, which allows them to wield a shield that they can use to block damage and as either a blunt melee weapon or ranged throwing weapon. Hunters get access to the Arcstrider, which allows them to wield a spear of electricity that they can use to quickly slash everything on their path. There are a total of 9 subclasses in the game.

Exclusive Content[edit]

Pre-Order Bonuses[edit]

  • Weapons
    • Coldheart
  • Emotes
    • Salute
  • Ghosts
    • Kill-Tracker Ghost

Limited Editions[edit]

Available in the Limited Edition, the Digital Deluxe Edition, or the Collector's Edition

  • Emblems
  • Emotes
    • Shadow Dance Legendary Emote
  • Weapons

Playstation Timed Exclusives[edit]

Destiny 2 PlayStation® Exclusive Content until at least Fall 2018.

Kellogs Pop-Tarts Promotion[edit]

Pop-Tarts Destiny 2 Page

Pop-Tarts Destiny 2 FAQs

  • Consumables
    • XP Boost (4 hours of +25% XP)
      • 1 quantity per purchase at national partners
      • 2 quantity per purchase at Walmart
  • Sparrows
    • Athena Victorious Sparrow - Target US Exclusive

Rockstar Energy Drink Promotion[edit]

Rockstar Energy Destiny 2 Contest Page Redeem up to 3 in-game engram rewards per week with 24 total available.

  • Exclusive Engrams

Virgin Media Promotion[edit]

UK residential internet provider

  • Sparrows
    • Athena Victorious Sparrow - UK Timed Exclusive until 2018-01-01

Development[edit]

Work began on the game in November 2014, just after the release of the original game.[14] It was reportedly rebooted in May of 2016.[15]

Destiny 2 was revealed worldwide on March 30, 2017.[9][10] The Destiny 2 Beta for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 lasted from July 18 through July 23, 2017. A PC version of the beta was open from August 28 to August 31.[4]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kotaku - The Messy, True Story Behind The Making Of Destiny
  2. ^ a b Kotaku - Sources: Destiny 2 Coming To PC, Aims To Feel Like A Totally New Game
  3. ^ Destiny the Game - Homepage
  4. ^ a b PC Gamer - Destiny 2 on PC: everything we know so far
  5. ^ DestinytheGame - Buy
  6. ^ Bungie.net - This Week At Bungie – 02/11/2016
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment - Destiny 2 Coming to Battle.net!
  8. ^ DestinytheGame.com - The World of Destiny 2
  9. ^ a b Polygon - Watch the first teaser for Destiny 2
  10. ^ a b YouTube - Destiny 2 – “Rally the Troops” Worldwide Reveal Trailer
  11. ^ [http://www.gameinformer.com/games/destiny_2/b/playstation4/archive/2017/06/11/destiny-2s-lead-creators-discuss-story-direction.aspx Game Informer - Lead Creators Discuss Story Direction
  12. ^ Polygon - Destiny 2 still on track for 2017 release
  13. ^ Forbes - Bungie Is Ditching Grimoire Cards In Destiny 2
  14. ^ GameSpot - "Destiny 2" in the Works
  15. ^ GameSpot - Destiny 2 "Rebooted" - Report

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