Destiny 2 looks set to build upon the established universe of the first game, as humanity is now truly in tatters with the Last City on Earth having been invaded following the conclusion of the original Destiny.
Players will once again form up to take on Strikes and Raids together, as Guardians will stand shoulder to shoulder to push back the enemies of the Traveller and, above all else, get the best loot in the galaxy.
This article will be your hub of knowledge for Destiny 2, bringing together all the latest bits of information from Bungie and around the web as they become available into one page. We'll cover the Destiny 2 release date, the Destiny 2 Live Gameplay Reveal, the Destiny 2 Beta release date, and Destiny 2 collector's editions.
Update: 05/22/2017 - Destiny 2 Will Drop the Grimoire Cards
Back in the original Destiny, Grimoire Cards were used to give backstory to items and characters in the game. This was primarily to make up for the lack of actual story in the game itself, with players needing to visit the Destiny website to read the Grimoire Cards they had collected.
Destiny 2's World Lead was asked by Forbes whether the Grimoire Cards from the original Destiny would be making a return in the sequel. "The answer to that is no," he said, "because we want to put the lore in the game." The story for Destiny 2 will be told through the campaign, and also through scannable items found throughout the environments.
Destiny 2 Gameplay Reveal and Details - Watch it Here
The livestream for Destiny 2 opened with director Luke Smith revealing that the Trails, Nightfalls, and Raids would be "available to all players". However, no other information was revealed, so matchmaking for the aforementioned modes has not been confirmed.
The 'Homecoming' mission was then revealed, which is slated to be the opening mission of Destiny 2. The Last City on Earth was destroyed by the Red Legion, as players were fighting around the ruins of the Tower, and then moved to assault the Red Legion's flagship. Some new abilities for the Warlock, Titan, and Hunter classes were also shown off, these being the Dawnblade, Sentinel, and Arcstrider abilities.
The Dawnblade ability allows the Warlock to produce a huge, flaming sword for a limited time, which they can use to send bolts of fire at enemies far off, or strike nearby foes with the blade itself. The ability looks to be the most powerful of the three that were shown off at the gameplay reveal event in LA.
The Sentinel ability, for the Titan class, allows players to form a giant energy shield, exactly how Commander Zavala did in the gameplay demo reveal itself. As the Titan class is designed to be the toughest of the three, this ability can shield everyone around them from destruction.
Finally, the Hunter class can wield a large staff with acrobatic ease through the Arctrider ability. This ability focusses on the natural nimble abilities of the Warlock class, and looks like it allows players to race round the battlefield at a slightly increased speed.
However all this apparently comes at a slight cost, as it appears that the Bladedancer, Sunsinger, and Defender abilities from the first Destiny will be replaced by new abilities in Destiny 2.
There will be three new weapon slots for Guardians: Kinetic, Energy, and Power. Strikes will also make a return, with the Inverted Spire Strike being playable at the show, for those attending. Crucible will now be 4v4 across all modes, and a new mode, Countdown, was also available to be played at the show.
Lost Sectors, mysterious new locations marked on your map by characters throughout the game, will reveal new challenges and bosses to the player in Destiny 2. Four brand new locations were also briefly shown, called Nessus, Io, Titan, and the European Dead Zone, the latter of which is slated to be the largest single map space in the game.
Clans will be implemented more heavily Destiny 2, which are optional teams players can join that will be supported in-game, with rosters and more tools including custom Banners. There will also be a shared reward system for all players within the Clan, meaning that all players can gain a shared reward, no matter the work they put in.
Guided Games, another new addition to Destiny 2, allows single players to be paired up with a Clan, meaning that you don't necessarily have to join a Clan to reap the rewards from playing alongside one in co-operative game modes.
To round out the event, a new reveal trailer was released, which you can see below, showing the fall of the Last City.
Destiny 2 PC Version Detailed
Towards the end of the gameplay reveal show on May 18, Activision announced that on PC, Destiny 2 would be available for PC players exclusively through Battle Net, with players being able to find each other through the online service.
In addition to this, it's possible that Destiny 2 on PC will run at native 4K resolution, as well as 60FPS uncapped. The console version of the game will run at 30FPS, and the PlayStation 4 Pro version won't boost the frame rate of the game above this.
However despite this new integration into the PC, there won't be any cross-saves of Destiny 2 available between console and PC. Luke Smith also stated that there's no date set for the PC version of Destiny 2, and that Bungie is looking to get that finalised in the next couple of weeks.
Our Hands-On Impressions of Destiny 2
Our very own Mark Williams recently went hands-on with Destiny 2 at an event in LA, and came away with some impressions of the opening section of the game, which was previously shown off in the livestream that kicked off the reveal event on May 18.
"The new engine is a stunner and Destiny 2 is colorful game," Mike reported, as vibrant colors flashed all around the destroyed tower in the Last City, while the Guardians made their way to save the population. "A hefty mid-boss fight forced me to use my Dawnblade Super Charge ability, turning my character into an angel of pure burning vengeance. Wreathed in flame, a Warlock can make short work of even the strongest foe, looking badass while doing it."
There was also a hands-on session with the new Inverted Spire Strike on the planet of Nessus. "The surprise within Nessus and the Inverted Spire is the layout of the planet. As you move forward, you'll eventually jump between floating platforms, going down into the planet itself," Mike wrote of the Strike. The entire Strike culminated with a three-part boss, which took place over a variety of settings including a small island surrounded by glistening silver waters.
Destiny 2 Release Date
After months of rumour and speculation, Bungie has finally revealed the Destiny 2 release date. Destiny 2 will be released worldwide on September 8, 2017. The standard edition of the game will retail for $59.99/£49.99, and will be released simultaneously for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Destiny 2 Beta Release Date
Bungie also announced that all pre-orders of any edition of Destiny 2 will come with entry to the upcoming Destiny 2 beta. When exactly this beta is due to launch is still a mystery, but expect an announcement regarding the beta from Bungie in the coming months.
If you have already placed a Destiny 2 pre-order either through a digital console storefront or a retailer, then you can head to the official Bungie website to unlock your Destiny 2 Beta Key now.
The First Reveal of Destiny 2
The first official confirmation of Destiny 2 came from Bungie on Monday, March 27, when the developer published the not-so-cryptic tweet below to their official Twitter account:
Destiny 2 Teaser Trailer Announcement
Just a day after the initial tweet, Bungie then released the first teaser trailer for Destiny 2 featuring Cayde-6, Nathan Fillion's character, sat at a bar retelling the story of how the Last City on Earth had finally fallen.
While Titan leader Commander Zavala can briefly be heard at the end of the teaser trailer, Cayde-6 is the star of the show, casually stopping off for a brief drink during the actual assault on the city, purely to recount some expositional dialogue to the audience.
Destiny 2 Reveal Trailer
Dubbed the 'Rally the Troops' trailer, this second trailer sees both Cayde-6 and Commander Zavala doing exactly that, attempting to rally every Guardian they can find to make a stand against the dark forces invading the city.
Although both have the same goal of inspiring courage within their comrades, they go about it in decidedly different ways, with Cayde-6 eventually resorting to 'loot' in order to rally the troops. As with the initial trailer, no gameplay is shown here, and the trailer is purely intended to set the stage for the story of Destiny 2 - although Ikora Rey the Warlock Vanguard does make a brief appearance, if only to scold Cayde-6.
PlayStation 4 Exclusive Destiny 2 Content
A small banner image on the official Destiny 2 website has revealed that PlayStation 4 players will get "bonus Destiny 2 content first." However, it is not currently known how many pieces of content PlayStation 4 users will have access to first, or what this content will actually contain.
Rumors Abound Concerning Destiny 2 DLC
Trawling the various Reddit threads relating to Destiny 2 shortly after the initial announcement of the game, this Reddit thread garnered some traction, as a GameStop employee claims he had been sent an email by Bungie outlining Destiny 2 DLC.
The email, which is still unconfirmed as being real, states that Destiny 2 will receive two DLC packs, which will release in Winter 2017 and Spring 2018. For now, this is nothing more than a rumor, and nothing else whatsoever has been confirmed surrounding DLC for Destiny 2.
Destiny 2: Standard Edition
If you're just after the base version of Destiny 2 and nothing else, then look no further than the standard edition of the game, available from virtually every retailer that deals in video games for $59.99/£49.99, as well as on each digital console storefront for the same price.
Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe edition
The Digital Deluxe edition of Destiny 2 will feature the base game as well as the Expansion Pass, which promises two expansions that feature brand new story missions, co-op multiplayer and missions, as well as new armour, weapons and gear. On top of this, the Digital Deluxe edition will come with a Legendary sword, a Legendary player emote, and a special Cabal Empire themed emblem.
As it states in the name, the Digital Deluxe edition will only be available to purchase digitally, meaning that you'll have to head to your console storefront to purchase the edition, be this the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, or the PC platform that is yet to be announced by Bungie.
Destiny 2 Limited edition
The Limited edition of Destiny 2 will come with everything previously mentioned in the Digital Deluxe edition, as well as a limited edition steelbook case, and a Cabal-themed Collector's Box, which houses a booklet on the Cabal themselves, Cabal schematics and military pawns, and collectible postcard images.
Destiny 2 Collector's edition
This, the most expensive version (to date) of Destiny 2, will come with everything in the Limited Edition of the game, but will also feature a special Frontier Bag and a Frontier Kit. The Frontier bag will contain a 15" laptop/tablet sleeve, while the Frontier Kit features a solar panel USB charger, a parachord, and a solar blanket.
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