Official Reveal Trailer: THE STORY

Our home has been invaded, and it is up to us Guardians to defeat Gary!… Or Gill… Glenn? Ghaul! His name is Ghaul. We are going to join our favorite cast of quirky Guardians in order to save our planet and bring an end to the Red Legion. “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 humanitiy’s scattered heroes, stand together, ,and fight back to reclaim our home.

Gameplay Trailer

GUNS

First order of business, there will definitely be new guns. In the trailer, we see the use of guns such as the chaingun and the grenade launcher. Other weapons have been revamped. Instead of the previous Primary, Secondary, and Heavy weapon classes, we will have 3 new kinds of classes:

  • Power: These include snipers, the new grenade launcher and chaingun. As the name suggests, these weapons are meant to pack a serious punch.
  • Kinetic: These can be slightly interchangeable with Energy weapons. These include assault rifles, hand cannons, basically weapons that were previously classified as primary weapons.
  • Energy: Again, these are somewhat like the previous primary weapons in the previous game.

We unfortunately do not know anything more about these weapon types because Bungie has been very vague when talking about these weapons. We will report more when this information is updated. Howevere, we speculate that Bungie will be shaking up other weapons. For instance, they have hinted that there will be a new SMG weapons class. Other than this, there is no solid information.

PLANETS AND MISSIONS

The original Destiny lacked severely in the missions section of the game. Critics and fans alike were massively underwhelmed at the lack of variety in missions, there was essential one mission to do. Either that, or you would just run around shooting things to get some loot.

Now there is more to do than just Patrols. There are going to be four new worlds to explore: Titan, Io, Nessus, and Earth’s European Dead Zone. Don’t worry Patrol fans, they are not taking it away. In fact, they will be adding more exploration when conducting patrols. They are including towns with NPCs who give quests. These maps are projected to be twice the size of the areas in the original Destiny. Another great addition is that you can switch from area to area without returning to orbit. You will be able to go to any area from your current location.

NEW SUBCLASSES

There are new subclasses coming to Destiny 2. The old subclasses of the Warlock, Titan, and Hunter are goiing to remain with a few updates, there are also some all new ones coming to the game. However, we only know the skilltree of the new subclass, Warlock’s Dawnblade

  • Super – Daybreak: Press R1+L1 to infuse Solar Light into your blades and strike down your enemies from the sky.
  • Solar Grenade: Fire a grenade that creates a Solar Light AOE that continually damages enemies that are trapped inside
  • Firebolt Grenade: Fire a grenade that bursts Solar Light damaging nearby enemies.
  • Fusion Grenade: Fire a grenade that explodes and causes bonus damage to enemies it sticks to.
  • Balanced Glide: Jump and glide with added speed and control bonuses
  • Focused Burst: Jump and glide that provides initial burst of speed
  • Controlled Glide: Jump and glide while having increased control in the air
  • Phoenix Dive (Passive Skill Tree 1): Descend from mid-air and regenerate health
  • Skyfire (Passive Skill Tree 1): Landing after descent causes explosive damage while Daybreaker is active.
  • Risen Angel(Passive Skill Tree 1): Hover in place while you aim your weapon in mid air. Landing precision damage extends this skill.
  • Igniting Touch(Passive Skill Tree 1): A powerful melee attack that causes enemies to ignite and explode.
  • Firestarter (Passive Skill Tree 2): A melee attack that causes extra damage and increases your movement and reload speed.
  • Wild Fire (Passive Skill Tree 2): Fire weapons and throw grenades while gliding to engage your enemies.
  • Everlasting Flames (Passive Skill Tree 2): Killing an enemy extends Daybreak active duration.
  • Blazing Dash (Passive Skill Tree 2): Dodge in mid-air.

MULTIPLAYER

As for competitive multiplayer, we know about Crucible. This is a 4v4 multiplayer gamemode, and this is one of the only ones we know about thus far. This means that either Destiny 2 will be changing a lot of the other game modes, or they will scrap them entirely.

We also know about Countdown, and people are likening it to Counter-Strike. This gamemode is also 4v4, and one team is to set a bomb at either point A or B, and the other team is supposed to stop them.

MATCHMAKING

The matchmaking system has changed as well. Destiny 2 is introducing official clan support through Guided Games, which will help players find teams to do things like raids much more efficiently. If there is a solo-queue player wanting to raid, they can essentially pick and choose which clan they would like to join. There are many different aspects that go into whether a player wants to join a clan or not, which is supposed to help them maximize chemistry and minimize toxicity.

In an interview with GameSpot, Mark Noseworthy, the games project lead, stated, “Toxicity is a major concern of ours, and that’s why we haven’t enabled matchmaking for the most competitive activities. Because if you get matchmade with someone you need to communicate with or need to have some kind of shared culture and norms and ways of operating [with], it just can’t work with matchmaking.

LOGISTICS

The game is going to available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s scheduled to release September 8, 2017. PlayStation 4 players have an upper-hand in terms of content because there’s going to be PS4-exclusive content for a limited time until at least Fall of 2018.

As for PC players, Destiny 2 will be using Blizzard’s Battle.net platform and will support 4K resolution as well as uncapped framrates. On top of that, Bungie has partnered with Razer for Destiny 2-themed peripherals. Bungie says, “We’re very excited to partner with Razer to create a line of premium gear that we know Destiny 2 players and action shooter fans will love,” Bungie marketing boss Jim McQuillian also stated, “The team has come up with some cool ways to pair Destiny’s art and designs with Razer’s high-performance hardware, providing players with new ways to customize their Destiny 2 experience.

Unfortunately for a lot of long-time Destiny players, your Destiny 1 power, possessions, and any sort of logistics will not transfer over to Destiny 2. You will have to go through the grind one more time. Although this is a benefit to the community at whole, everyone will have to start from scratch which should bring the community together right off the bat.

WHAT CAN I BUY NOW?

You can pre-order Destiny 2 standard edition on amazon right now, and is available on all three platforms. You can also purchase the game with the Expansion Pass Bundle, however, this is currently only available for PlayStation 4 owners.

LIMITED EDITION INCLUDES:

  • Destiny 2 base game
  • Destiny 2 Expansion Pass
  • Limited Edition steelbook case
  • Cabal-themed Collector’s Box, containing: Booklet with secrets into the Cabal Empire, Cabal Schematic, Collectible Postcard Images, Cabal Military Pawns
  • Premium digital content
  • Legendary Sword
  • Legendary player emote
  • Cabal Empire-themed emblem

COLLECTOR’S EDITION INCLUDES

    • Destiny 2 base game
    • Destiny 2 Expansion Pass
    • Destiny 2 Frontier Bag: Customizable bag that can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag, 15″ Laptop/Tablet Sleeve with protective pocket slip
    • Frontier Kit featuring: Solar panel USB charger with built-in light, Paracord, Solar blanket
    • Limited Edition steelbook case: Booklet with secrets into the Cabal Empire, Cabal Schematic, Collectible Postcard Images, Cabal Military Pawns
    • Premium digital content: Legendary Sword, Legendary player emote, Cabal Empire-themed emblem

THOUGHTS

This is a lot of information to digest, but we’d rather you have it all in one place. On top of this, there is still a lot of information that we don’t know, and we might have to wait until the game releases to be able to know everything.

On the bright side, I really believe that Bungie is taking a step in the right direction with Destiny 2. The original Destiny was massively underwhelming leaving fans disappointed. Bungie was a company that revolutionized the first-person-shooter genre with their release of Halo back in 2001 on the Xbox. With all of these new steps, Destiny 2 is looking like the game that we were expecting to see back in 2014.

So let us know, are you excited for all of these big updates they’re doing? Or do you think it’s going to be the same game? Personally, I’m going to wait and see what the crowd reception is.

About The Author

Ian M
Senior Staff Writer

Ian is a small town boy from Pennsylvania who's been playing video games since he was 3 years old. The first game he played and completed was Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. He is a sophomore at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey studying psychology and Italian. While he is not drowning in school work he is working for his club Drew Organization of Gaming as the Event Coordinator. He is 20 years old and his favorite video game is The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.