The sometimes divisive Destiny is getting a sequel, and Bungie dropped a whole bunch of new info today at an event in Los Angeles. Destiny 2 is going to be “a new beginning” for everyone. For returning vets and newcomers to the franchise. Hell, the first trailer showed everyone’s stuff getting blown up.
It’s a reset for us, and in some ways for the developers. Destiny 2 gives Bungie the chance to address the missteps from the first game. Things like story, raid matchmaking and more. The event gave us a decent bit of info on everything from story missions to the Crucible. Let’s break it all down.
Destiny 2 on PC
We knew Destiny 2 was coming to PC, but today we found out exactly how PC players will jump into Destiny 2. It won’t be on Steam, which may come as a bit of a surprise for some. Battle.net will be Destiny 2’s home on PC. It’s not too big of a shock. Hell, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for non-Blizzard Activision games to show up here.
Blizzard touched on the decision in a blog post.
“Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug into our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.”
Hard to see any negatives there. Bungie isn’t bogged down with creating network infrastructure. Hopefully, the lack of resources spent here shows in the rest of the game.
A FAQ posted by Blizzard also hints at the possibility of other non-Blizzard Activision games coming to the service.
“Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net.”
Activision won’t have to worry about giving a middle-man (Steam) a cut of Destiny 2 anymore.
Plus, Destiny 2 is going to be huge. It doesn’t matter if it’s on Battle.net or Steam. Millions will play it. I mean, Battle.net is already the exclusive home to several of the biggest PC games out there with World of Warcraft and Overwatch.
As for Destiny 2’s PC options? Bungie is throwing in the support PC gamers expect in their games:
– 4K support
– Uncapped framerate
– Full mouse and keyboard support with custom key mapping
– Text chat
– Adjustable Field of View
– Detailed PC settings screen
– 21:9 monitor support
There is some question as to when exactly the PC version is releasing. Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 on September 8th. Here’s what the Blizzard page has to say about the PC release.
“We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.”
Add in Geoff Keighley’s comments on Twitter and it looks like Destiny 2 on PC won’t make the September 8th date.
Destiny 2 is “coming soon” to PC, @Bungie not saying that means Sept 8.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) May 18, 2017
Bungie is committed to doing the PC version right, more news down the road on release date.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) May 18, 2017
A look at Destiny 2 gameplay and story
Bungie gave us a good look at Homecoming, the first mission in Destiny 2. A huge Cabal force is laying waste to the Tower. They’re coming for the Light of the Traveller. We see a few glimpses in the new gameplay trailer seen below. Or, you can watch a traditional snippet of gameplay from the Twitch recording. Fast forward to about 1:20:00.
So yeah, it looks a lot like Destiny 1. No real surprises here. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And Destiny’s moment to moment gameplay was most definitely not broken.
We also see the new Titan Sentinel’s shield in action. Need a little Captain America in your Destiny? Bungie has it covered.
Other new classes include Warlock’s Dawnblade (armed with a flaming sword that shoots out arcs of enemy killing energy) and the Hunter’s Arcstrider (an electric staff).
The gameplay looks fantastic. But who was ever worried? The gameplay trailer also shows us pieces of a few cinematics coming to Destiny 2. Now, we won’t have to go digging through Bungie’s website for the story. We’ll actually get to see it play out in the game.
All-in-all, it looks solid. More classes would be nice, and who knows, maybe Bungie is holding more details close to the chest.
The new worlds (and moons) of Destiny 2
Besides Earth, Destiny 2’s adventures will take us to the moons of Titan and Io and the machine-world Nessus.
Titan is a moon of Saturn and is where Zavalah goes following the assault and defeat at the Tower. We won’t be stomping around on a landmass here. Instead, players will move around via platforms above swirling liquid methane seas.
Io is one of the many moons of Jupiter and is the last place the Traveller touched before the collapse. It’s viewed as a sacred place for Guardians and Warlocks in particular. Ikora goes here searching for answers.
Cayde-6 finds himself in a tight spot on Nessus, a machine world occupied by the Vex. It’s full of lush, red plant-life and intricate canyon systems.
The Crucible in Destiny 2
PvP isn’t going anywhere, but there will be some changes coming in Destiny 2. Game modes will now be capped at 4v4. That’s down from 6v6 in the first Destiny.
Plus, the HUD has been tweaked to give Crucible players as much info as possible about the team they are up against. Does an enemy player have a super? Have they picked up ammo for a power weapon? We’ll be able to tell all that just by looking at the HUD. The devs talk about making the game easy to pick up, but hard to master. At least, we’ll know if an enemy is about to smack us with an instakill ability before it happens.
Bungie also introduced “the first ever attack/defend mode in Destiny.” It’s called Countdown. The devs also teased new maps and modes during the event.
I’m curious to see how the drop in player count affects map design.
Clans and Guided Games
In-game rosters, customizable banners and more. Destiny 2’s Clan system will be much more in-depth than the previous game.
My favorite announcement is a feature Bungie is calling “Guided Games.” Want to play that Nightfall or Raid, but missing that final spot? Guided Games is the answer. It’s pretty much an in-game LFG system. Hell yes. Raids were the highlight for me in Destiny. Now, more people can see what the fuss is about in Destiny 2 without any of the hassles of looking for players outside the game.
Destiny 2 is looking solid
I’m sure today’s reveal was a huge hit for the Destiny faithful who have been playing since launch. Me? I quit after a few months, but I enjoyed my time with Destiny. From what Bungie showed today, they are improving on my biggest complaints from the first one. Mainly, the story.
I still want to hear more about what’s coming to Destiny 2, but Bungie pretty much has a sale from me. They did make a point of saying “a Raid” was coming to Destiny 2. Sure sounds like only one at launch. How many are coming post-launch? And when? We’ll get the answer to those questions as we get closer to September 8th and beyond. Hopefully, PC players won’t have to wait too long after that to get their hands on Bungie’s sci-fi shooter.
I’ll keep this post updated with more info as we get it. Also, if I missed anything – let me know.
What did you think of today’s reveal? Excited? Not excited? Sound off in the comments.