Everything we know about Destiny 2
The cat is out the bag, Bungie has finally revealed Destiny 2 with some amazing debut trailers showing off some of the bombastic adventures we have in store later this year. After fans became absolutely hooked with the first entry and its subsequent expansions – not to mention hunting Xur every single week to buy some rare loot – it's time for us to embark on our next space-shooting adventure. We now have a release date, but when will we get the first gameplay trailer? Perhaps during the Sony press conference at E3 2017?
TrustedReviews has rounded up everything we know so far about the game and will continue to update the page as new information releases, so be sure to bookmark it!
Destiny 2 at a glance
Is there a Destiny 2 release date? September 8
What's new about Destiny 2? We have our first official reveal trailer
Destiny 2 price? £39.99
Destiny 2 DLC leaked?
After the release date of Destiny 2 leaked ahead of the official reveal, it seems the game's DLC expansion plans have also been unveiled a little early thanks to a retailer.
The game looks set to follow a similar DLC pattern to its predecessor, with regular and significant DLC packs arriving with hefty new content for players to enjoy, the first of which will be set to arrive in winter – after Destiny 2's September launch – with the second coming in Spring.
The expansions are called Osiris and Rasputin, with the information coming via Reddit in a leaked image thanks to a GameStop employee.
Here is an image of the alleged document:
As with all rumours and speculation, we advise taking this with a pinch of salt, but with Activision already pushing the expansion pass on the PSN and Xbox storefronts, the first of which bearing the eye of Osiris, it seems pretty legit.
Destiny 2 beta – How do I get access?
Bungie hasn't revealed any beta dates or even platforms yet, but it has stated in marketing materials that fans who pre-order the game will be given early beta access:
Destiny 2 Reveal TrailerAfter months of rumours and speculation Bungie has finally revealed Destiny 2 with its first reveal trailer along with all the juicy platforms and a release date. Check it out below:
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Destiny 2 release date - when is it coming out?
Destiny 2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 8, Bungie has confirmed. Pre-ordering now will grant you early access to the upcoming beta.
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Destiny 2 trailers - How does it look?
The Destiny 2 marketing machine is in full swing with Bungie having released its first official teaser for the game. Featuring Nathan Fillion's Cayde-6 sitting at a bar while The Tower crumbles around him, the stylish trailer is a great way to get us hyped for Destiny 2.
Destiny 2's first extensive trailer is also here. No gameplay yet, though.
Destiny 2 Collector's Edition - What's in it?
Bungie has confirmed the Limited and Collector’s Edition for Destiny 2. We've included all the details you need below.
Collector’s Edition -
- Destiny 2 Base Game
- Destiny 2 Expansion Pass: Get access to both Expansion I and Expansion II, offering brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.
- Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag
- Frontier Kit
- Limited Edition Steelbook Case
- Premium Digital Content
Destiny 2 Gameplay - How does it play?
Destiny 2 will presumably expand upon the formula found in the original game with new weapons, abilities and mechanics. Bungie has a solid foundation to build upon, with fans consistently returning to its galaxy thanks to the satisfying combat and gunplay.
Destiny 2 - Things we’d like to see
BETTER SINGLE PLAYER
Destiny’s single player experience was brief, underwhelming and incredibly disappointing for a lot of players. Each mission consisted of a series of generic battles followed by defending a specific point on the map. This got old quickly, with the occasional boss battle doing nothing to alleviate the monotony.
Bungie needs to give Destiny 2 a complete overhaul in this department, providing players with a dedicated campaign on release. A compelling, cohesive story that does away with all the confusion of the first entry would be welcomed by fans.
Instead of a fun, planet hopping adventure we were treated to a predictable sequence of levels broken up by confusing cutscenes. Rarely were we given any context for our actions, left to stew in a pool full of arbitrary motivations and two-dimensional characters. The original story for Destiny was completely rewritten during development, according to Kotaku. This gives Bungie the perfect oppurtunity to produce a story worthy of the game's fantastic universe.
Destiny 2, though as predictable as it might be, could benefit from a storyline told throughout a linear campaign. The characters, locations and lore established here could be expanded in the game’s multiplayer through additional exploration in the many raids and strikes. This could also provide Bungie the opportunity to produce some magnificent set pieces, harkening back to its Halo roots.
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BETTER HUB AREA
Destiny’s hub area was a neat little environment ripe with vendors, dynamic social features and gorgeous visuals, and the sequel could make this even better. Imagine a unique, sprawling city populated by other players going about their business.
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Such a space would be a joy to explore, with neat little easter eggs and secrets nestled in the most unlikely places. The level of social interaction with fellow players could also be refined with a selection of new emotes and chat options. Bungie always intended for Destiny to mimic an MMORPG, and now is the perfect time to make that vision a reality.
MORE GAMEPLAY VARIETY
Destiny’s gunplay felt fast, responsive and satisfying, but this was seldom emulated in the game’s mission design. You were either defending a point from hordes of enemies or firing constantly at a bullet-sponge boss. The objectives rarely felt satisfying outside of high level raids, leaving much to be desired for the majority of players.
Bungie should shake things up with significantly improved missions for both the campaign and online multiplayer. Have us hunt down a unique enemy or complete objectives in unorthodox ways. The gameplay is robust enough to support vastly different playstyles, so why not implement these into the challenges set for the player.
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Early on in the original Destiny you stumbled upon a spaceship, one that you would soon fix up and call your very own. Except, this was nothing but a glorified loading screen. Customising your ship or replacing it with shiny new model was purely aesthetic, contributing nothing to how you play or approach missions.
Bungie should try its best to implement your ship into the game, whether this be through open-world exploration or exciting dogfights in the emptiness of space. Either way, we’d love to see this feature in Destiny 2, adding an essential slice of variety to the overall experience. An addition such as this could even lead to new multiplayer modes and missions to explore, something many players would love to see.
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MORE WEAPONS AND CUSTOMIZATION
Upon its initial reveal Destiny promised to have hundreds of unique weapons and equipment pieces for players to discover across its vast, dynamic world. This, unfortunately, wasn't the case, leaving many with a thirst for more. Destiny 2 could easily rectify this problem, providing a sense of depth to a slew of new weapons, acting as the ideal foundation for extensive player customization.
Granted, weapons such as the Touch of Malice and Jade Rabbit are brilliantly iconic, but lack a sense of meaningful identity to each individual player. Destiny 2 should give us a reason to care about the precious loot we spend hours scouring for with ways of making it our own. Attachments, paintjobs, insignia, you name it, anything like this would be a fantastic addition.
So that’s our wishlist for Destiny 2, what would you like to see in the upcoming sequel? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.