Everything We Know About Destiny 2

Bungie and Activision debuted Destiny 2’s gameplay for the first time to a global, live streamed audience in a hands-on event at Jet Center in Hawthorne, California. The live broadcast showcased a variety of the activities, opening on a dramatic campaign mission that sets up the premise of the game to answer how you recover when your home is destroyed and your powers are taken away.  The broadcast went on to detail the game’s social and cooperative activities while highlighting multiple brand-new destinations. The stream emphasised that the game will offer a ‘fresh start’ to all players, meaning players who have little or no previous knowledge of the Destiny universe can jump straight in and play.

A key announcement during the live stream was about a new feature called, “Guided Games”. This feature makes it easy for all players to experience the most challenging and rewarding activities the game has to offer. This allows solo players to find and play with other players to enjoy Destiny 2 and earn new in-game rewards like weapons, and armour.  Also available for attendees was “Countdown,” an all-new competitive multiplayer mode as well as a three-player cooperative activity on a new map called, “Inverted Spire.”

Destiny established a blockbuster, new franchise and a massive global community of amazingly passionate fans. And today, we are giving people their first look at the gameplay of Destiny 2,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Destiny 2 has a great story, an iconic new 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.”

Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “This is a defining moment for our studio, and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our partners in Activision, Sony and now Blizzard.”  He added, “We have an amazing community of players who have been with us on this journey, but with the sequel, the team are paying close attention to welcoming new and returning Guardians to the universe with something for every type of gamer, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players with new places to explore and adventures to conquer.”

“As Destiny fans, we were excited to learn that the sequel was coming to PC,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re pleased to support Destiny 2 as the first non-Blizzard game on our platform, and we look forward to joining fellow Guardians in their fight against the Red Legion.”

What we know so far:

There are four main Destinations in Destiny 2:

  • Earth
    On Earth, the centre of human occupation shifts, and players will be exploring the European Dead Zone rather than the Cosmodrome in Old Russia. It’s the “largest destination yet” at twice the size of any area in Destiny the First. It features a lush forest, abandoned town and a cave system, as well as a Red Legion base.
  • Titan
    A moon of Saturn, Titan is a marine planet with no surface landmasses. Players will explore a series of crumbling Golden Age relice, platforms which were once the site of a utopia. Commander Zavala, the Titan Vanguard, is set up here.
  • Nessus
    In our time, Nessus is an icy, minor centaur planet, but in Destiny 2 it has been almost completely terraformed and taken over by the Vex. It’s a land of majestic canyons and bursts of colourful vegetation lashed together with inexplicable Vex caverns. Cayde-6, the Hunter Vanguard, is questing here.
  • Io
    Io is the last place the Traveller touched before the Collapse, and is sacred to Warlocks – which is why Warlock Vanguard Ikora Rey is hanging out on this moon of Jupiter. Now tainted by the presence of troops of the Darkness, it’s a land of strange technological wonders.

Gameplay, changes and content:

 

  • The primary, secondary and heavy weapon slot systems have been axed. Players can now equip a kinetic, energy and power weapon.
  • There is no need to go to Orbit when moving between activities. A seamless Navigator gets you into the action faster.
  • Players can now open the world map anywhere. The map will show public events and discovered activities.
  • There’s a Strike called the Inverted Spire. Set on Nessus, it has players battling the Cabal and the Vex.
  • Clans are now an in-game feature. You’ll have emblems and all sorts now.
  • There will be matchmaking for raids and other activities. It’s called Guided Games and it extends to all kinds of activities.
  • There are new activity types. The full list revealed so far is Story Campaign, Adventures, Patrols, Lost Sectors, Quests, Public Events and Crucible.
    • Adventures are side missions granted by NPCs.
    • Lost Sectors are dangerous dungeons, again unlocked through NPCs.
    • Bungie isn’t talking about raids yet.
  • Destiny PvP modes will be 4v4. There’s also a new Crucible mode called Countdown.

Classes:

  • The new Hunter subclass is called Arkstriker. The super summons a staff of Arc.
  • The new Warlock subclass is Dawnblade. The super summons a sword of Solar.
  • The new Titan subclass is Sentinel. The super summons a Void shield, which can be thrown.

Subclasses:

  • Hunter Gunslinger subclass
  • Titan Striker subclass guide
  • Warlock Dawnblade subclass

Destiny 2 pre-orders:

  • Destiny 2 Standard Edition
    • A physical copy of Destiny 2
  • Destiny 2 Digital Standard Edition
    • A digital copy of Destiny 2
  • Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition
    • A digital copy of Destiny 2
    • Expansion Pass
    • Legendary Sword
    • Legendary Player Emote
    • Cabal Empire Themed Emblem
  • Destiny 2 Limited Edition
    • A physical copy of Destiny 2
    • Expansion Pass
    • Legendary Sword
    • Legendary Player Emote
    • Cabal Empire Themed Emblem
    • Limited Edition SteelBook Case
    • Cabal-themed Collector’s Box
    • Cabal booklet
    • Cabal Schematic
    • Cabal Postcards
    • Cabal Military Pawns
  • Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition
    • A physical copy of Destiny 2
    • Expansion Pass
    • Legendary Sword
    • Legendary Player Emote
    • Cabal Empire Themed Emblem
    • Limited Edition SteelBook Case
    • Cabal-themed Collector’s Box
    • Cabal booklet
    • Cabal Schematic
    • Cabal Postcards
    • Cabal Military Pawns
    • Frontier Messenger Bag
    • Frontier Kit
    • Solar USB charger with light
    • Paracord
    • Solar blanket

*source vg247

 

In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lays in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion.   Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors.  As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

In September, Destiny 2 will be available on PlayStation®4 systems with additional, timed exclusive* content, and Xbox One (PlayStation®Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features).  Additionally, Destiny 2 will be available on PC at retail and as the first third-party game to be offered digitally via Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service.


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