Forging a New Era for Destiny
Bungie lit up the stage with their Destiny 2 reveal stream. This first look at Destiny 2 gameplay gives us the lowdown on the new area we have access to on Earth, called the European Dead Zone. Seasoned players will know this as the location of the Widow’s Court crucible map in PvP. There are also three brand new locations to explore: Titan, Io, and Nessus.
The Tower is Under Attack!
The Cabal assault has the Guardians fighting for their lives to get out of the Tower. In a desperate attempt to save the Last City, the fight quickly moves to a Cabal command ship. Here we see the new enemy boss, Ghaul, the Cabal leader of the Red Legion. His voice rings out at the end of the scene: “Your journey ends here…”
New Gameplay Mechanics in Destiny 2
The gameplay showed us two new weapon types, a spinning chain-gun, and a grenade launcher. We also witnessed several new Super abilities for the different sub-classes. Destiny 2 will have us relearn our abilities as well as acquire new powers and loot. Instead of the first game’s Primary, Secondary, and Heavy weapon slots, Destiny 2 has reworked its guns into Kinetic, Energy, and Power weapon slots.
Power weapons include fusion rifles and sniper rifles as well as the new awesome looking grenade launchers. All of the original subclasses: Voidwalker, Striker, Gunslinger, Nightstalker, Sunbreaker, and Stormcaller, have been overhauled. We see Hunters wield an arc bo staff as the nimble Arcstrider. The Sunsinger subclass is being revamped into the awesome looking Dawnblade, conjuring a flaming sword used to rain death upon enemies. The Defender subclass is now the Sentinel, who has a shield they can throw like a Frisbee.
New Ways to Play
A brand new feature called Guided Games will debut with Destiny 2. This new feature allows solo players to find and play with other players to enjoy Destiny 2 and earn new in-game rewards like weapons and armor. Solo players can use this feature to find a Clan that has open spots to be paired up with for a raid, a strike, or other activities. Players can team up for the new cinematic story full of new and returning features like Adventures, Lost Sectors, Quests, Patrols and Public Events.
A Destiny 2 beta will be coming to consoles and PC later this summer which will give veteran players, and brand new “kinderguardians” a chance to try the game before it releases. Players who pre-order Destiny 2 will be able to access the beta a few days early. Destiny had an alpha and beta before, so presumably it will be similar to the original launch. The Destiny 2 beta starts this summer. Our speculation is July, and the full release of Destiny 2 will be in September.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, said, “Destiny 2 has a great story, a new iconic villain, awesome characters you want to go on an epic adventure with, and of course, tons of the amazing gameplay that Destiny is known for. We, along with our partners at Bungie, have listened carefully to our community, and have added thoughtful innovations that make the game, and all of its content, more accessible to more types of players than ever before.”
During the reveal stream, we also learned that Blizzard will be teaming up with Bungie to give the PC version a home. On PC, Destiny 2 will be exclusively available on Battle.net, Blizzard’s online service and store.
You can watch the full reveal stream below! Eyes up, Guardian. A new adventure is just around the corner.