Destiny 2

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—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 upcoming open-world massive multiplayer first-person shooter title video game developed by Bungie. It is the upcoming sequel to the shared-worlds FPS Destiny, set for release on September 6, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms.[6][2] The PC version will require the Blizzard App to launch, and will feature 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

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 will focus 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 will not be explained within the story.[11]

Features

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.

The game will feature downloadable content, but the DLC will be released after the base game.[12] Players who have not preordered Destiny 2 with the corresponding special editions will have to purchase the expansions separately. 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. will 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 will not transfer over to Destiny 2 to make the game feel like a fresh start and not a direct continuation of the original game. "Veteran accounts" will be given "honors that reflect their Destiny 1 accomplishments", although the specifics as to what those rewards will be are still to be released and confirmed. The Grimoire will not feature. The lore is said to be in the game itself for Destiny 2. This includes a scanning feature that will largely replace the old system.[13]

New Cinematic Campaign

Destiny 2 will feature an all-new cinematic campaign with a host of new Story missions and cutscenes that will 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.

New Cooperative Missions

There will be brand new Strikes in Destiny 2, which will require up to 3 players to fully complete. One such strike is The Inverted Spire, first revealed in the worldwide gameplay premier, which sends Guardians on an attack against a Vex stronghold on Nessus and will culminate in a 3-stage boss encounter.

New Competitive Multiplayer

The Crucible will function differently in Destiny 2. All game modes will feature two teams of four for every game mode. In-game, there will be a new HUD that gives the player information on the enemy team, like when their Super is ready, or when they picked up ammo for their power weapons. There will also be 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 has also been modified, with the detection radius being fixed, as opposed to it scanning until it find an enemy.

New Challenging Raids

Destiny 2 will feature a new Raid. The specifics of the theme of the raid are still to come.

New Patrol Modes

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

New Travel Destinations

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

Weapon System

Instead of the primary, special, and heavy weapons in Destiny, the weapon slots in Destiny 2 will be occupied by kinetic, energy, and power weapons respectively. Kinetic guns such as Hand Cannons will function similarly to primaries; they will be used the most and will help with most standard encounters. Energy weapons like SMGs will function similarly to special weapons; they will be used to help the player get out of tough situations. Power weapons will function similarly to heavy weapons like Rocket Launchers; they will be used to turn the tide of battle in the player's favor.

Subclasses

All classes in Destiny 2 will each get another exclusive subclass. 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.

Development

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

A worldwide reveal was released on March 30.[9][10]

The Destiny 2 Beta is planned to last from July 18, 2017 until July 23, 2017.[4]

Gallery

References

  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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