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Destiny 2 gameplay trailer: What we learned from the big reveal



Destiny 2 Gameplay Reveal Live Stream: Catch up on all the action right here

We round up everything you need to know about the recent Destiny 2 gameplay premiere, as well as looking ahead to when Destiny 2 will release for the PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year. All the latest news, pre-order details and trailers you need are right here.

Bungie has finally pulled the curtain from Destiny 2, revealing the very first gameplay including all of the new planets, modes, raids, strikes and more. You can find the official gameplay trailer below:

After fans became absolutely hooked on the first entry and its subsequent expansions – not to mention hunting Xur every Friday to buy some rare loot – it's time for us to embark on our next space-shooting adventure. We now have a release date and more juicy details on gameplay, story and more to be found below.

Destiny 2 at a glance

Is there a Destiny 2 release date? September 8

What's new about Destiny 2? We have our first big gameplay trailer

Destiny 2 price? £39.99

Here's everything you need to know.

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Destiny 2 gameplay – What's new?

We've included the gameplay premiere below if you fancy catching up. After that, we've rounded up all the details you'll need on the big reveal.

So far, Bungie has confirmed that all PvP content has been refitted for 4-player teams. In addition, Raids can now be played by everyone and not just those who have a massively experienced fireteam put together. We've also got live gameplay of 'Homecoming,' a quest that has you playing through the assault from the original reveal trailer.

Destiny 2 will feature a new solo campaign known as the 'Red War' with more cinematics than ever before, and you'll even spend some missions working alongside beloved NPC characters. A new strike known as 'The Inverted Spire' will take you to The Nexus, one of a few new planets. Of course, brand new exotic weapons and armour are here, and they're plentiful. Other new planets include Titan, Earth, Nessus and Io.

Guardians can look forward to a selection of new sub-classes, each with their own special abilities. First up is Dawnblade (Warlock) who can fly through the air raining down a load of fiery projectiles. Sentinel (Titan) can equip a formidable shield to charge or deflect enemy attacks. Finally, there is Arcstriker (Hunter) wielding a thunderous staff that can be used for up close and personal melee encounters.

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Crucible is now 4v4 across every game mode. The UI has been updated to make gameplay easy for newcomers yet equally as difficult for passionate veterans.

During the gameplay reveal, Bungie revealed Countdown, a new mode coming to Destiny 2. All of this can be launched without even leaving the tower. No more going into orbit! Loot from Destiny 1 will not carry over, but you can import your tried-and-true guardian to the sequel. Bungie has plans to reward veteran players with a few extra goodies, too.

Destiny 2 will incorporate clan support directly into the game, meaning you can bring your friends together inside The Tower instead of a cumbersome skype chat. Clans will also have their own unique reward system, meaning you and your friends could earn bonus loot from simply working together. Guided Games is a new feature that allows new players to partner with experienced clans. This way, you can finish raids and strikes you'd otherwise find inaccessible without some friends.

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Destiny 2 beta – How do I get access?

The beta for Destiny 2 will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC for those who pre-order the standard and limited edition versions of the game. When this will take place is yet to be confirmed.

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Destiny 2 release date - when is it coming out?

Destiny 2 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on September 8, Bungie has confirmed. Pre-ordering now will grant you early access to the upcoming beta.

Bungie has said it "cannot commit" to a PC release date just yet, but it will be launching exclusively through Blizzard's Battlenet client.

Related: Star Wars Battlefront 2 news

Destiny 2 Story - What's going down?

Taking place after the events of the first game, The Tower has been left in ruin by a new group of enemies known as the Red Legion, a force commanded by Primus Ghaul. Little else is known about this threat, beyond that you and your fellow guardians must do everything you can to defeat them and take back your home. Ranging from advanced soldiers to feral dog-like creatures, you'll certainly have your hands full.

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Familiar characters are also set to make a return in Destiny 2. The Vanguard, formed of Cayde-6, Ikora Rey and Commander Zavala, will be around to lead the fight and help Guardians upgrade their arsenal and earn new equipment. How you'll go about taking back Earth remains a mystery, as do the new planets and environments you'll explore throughout Destiny 2.

Destiny gameplay trailer - How does it look?

After a handful of cryptic reveal trailers, we finally have our first extensive look at Destiny 2 with the official gameplay trailer:

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

Markie Straub

May 20, 2016, 5:22 pm

Who would fucking buy Destiny 2? I'm even surprised they are still keeping this up.


September 27, 2016, 8:12 am

"Rarely were we given any context for our actions, left to stew in a pool full of arbitrary motivations and two-dimensional characters." So, so, so true.

Rolando Gonzalez Quezada

November 21, 2016, 5:30 am

it would be perfect if i can use all 3 super by pressing LB or RB and like pressing A,B,X,Y buttons for an example and leveling them up all at once instead of choosing one by one when we need to do a task? if its a good idea perfect or if its not then correct me??


November 21, 2016, 6:06 pm

this method would suck horribly in PvP. Good idea but it's not mortal kombat.


November 21, 2016, 6:07 pm

Probably you and everyone. The game does still have a huge following even if you acknowledge it or not.

Matt Hargreaves

November 25, 2016, 12:16 am

It's still the best game by far for me. The only game that dragged me away was division and boy did that go tits up rapidly. I think bf1 could be a contender to take up my spare time. But whatever game I play, I always go back to destiny.


December 24, 2016, 11:53 am

so the article is about what you would like to see, and not what you know! click bait. now...where is this downvote button? hmmm

David McBride

January 9, 2017, 12:24 pm

My buddy and I had an idea for a shield-type weapon in the special category that could bring in interesting new tactics in PVP. Raising the shield creates a wide barrier that can be taken down by repeat fire from the enemy. It should last long enough under fire that fast-healing warlocks can use it as a respite. When raising the shield, you can't shoot, but you can melee anyone who gets a little too close. I can't remember if we thought about sidearm or hand cannon usage alongside it. If we did, it was hip-fire only, and you couldn't do it with the shield raised. Finally, we had an idea for throwing the shield, at the cost of your energy shield. You hit your opponent, they're either K.Oed, or within a ball-hair of death. You miss, and you're screwed. The beauty of this idea, though, was that they'd be able to slide under the projectile, finally adding some actual worth to that otherwise useless move.

I doubt Bungie would ever implement this, but by goodness did we get excited over the idea. It would improve group tactics beyond 'Let's all bunch together here and shoot anything we see, and the other team just has to live with that'. It'd allow teams under pressure to advance closer to the enemy line and get some shots in, rather than rewarding camping strategies. It'd also give more strategic variety to those on point. Come on Bungie, make me proud :P


January 9, 2017, 6:49 pm

knowing bungie it will be sept 22.they will show it at e3 and launch it in sept,

Jeremy DeShazer

January 11, 2017, 6:31 pm

They need to have dedicated servers.


January 17, 2017, 7:27 pm

Could it be thats it gonna be a whole new story?or can you drag your warlock or titan or hunter along the ride???or must you start all over again with your light?


January 17, 2017, 7:39 pm

Maybe for the future... better rewards..nightfall..daily bonus..pvp..that all players get nicely rewards.and maybe a fusion weapon that you can merge another weapon with another weapon to create another powerfuller weapon..or armor??

Carlos Riviera

January 18, 2017, 12:39 am

While i still play destiny for fun i don't play it for keeps anymore. Everyone i know who played destiny stopped playing a long time ago. While destiny excels at being a good fantasy/sci-fi shooter it fails horribly at being a RPG and a MMO. The game also has a very crappy reward vs effort system in which you're grinding and grinding for hours and hours and getting so little in return.

What destiny two also needs to do is change the gun classes. In my opinion Hand Cannons aren't viable anymore as primary weapons but Sniper rifles should be. They should make Sniper files,Scout rifles,Auto rifles and Pulse rifles primary weapons and have Hand cannons,Shotguns,Fusion rifles and Sidearms as secondary weapons.

When it comes to heavy weapons they should introduce a grenade launcher to add in more variety. They should also remove the restriction to only equip one piece of Exotic gear and one Exotic weapon. While I'm not a frequent MMO player this was a stupid rule in my opinion. The while reason that people keep grinding and grinding is to get the best gear and weapons possible but the best possible items are Exotic so there is hardly a reason to grind for more Exotics if you can only equip one.

There are so many things that destiny got wrong which can be improved upon but its simply to big of a list to put down here. I'll do add one thing and that's concerning the Warlock class. While i personally always like Magic users in most RPG's and MMO's i hate the fact that destiny has turned their Warlock class in nothing but a name. The whole point of being a Warlock having access to the arcane is to not use weapons because your magic is the weapon. Why need guns and bullets when you can trow lightning?


January 27, 2017, 8:43 pm

I would really would like matchmaking in Raids. It is one of the more frustrating part of the game, and it means there are entire sections of the game I have never even played. Also year round SRL racing. This is one of my favorite features of the game.


February 6, 2017, 9:00 pm

You wouldn't, so ... naturally no one else would either.


February 20, 2017, 5:29 pm

Same here. I'm not naturally outgoing, preferring to take the game at my own speed in my own way. (I'll get to some good locations on the dreadnaught, for example, and just snipe to help others in things like the Court of Oryx challenges.) Making it a bit easier to go on raids would be good. As it is, Vault of Glass is closed completely.

I'd love to see SRL as a year-round thing.


March 4, 2017, 7:04 pm

Why did Destiny fail? There was not enought content at its release later on they managed to liven up the game with actuall good dlc's.

The raids in Destiny were one of the best I've ever played. However they fucked that up by never updateing old raids in terms of the reward. That was for me the main reason to stop. This game is so close to be a masterpice and its sad that Bungie is not eager enought to make it one.

Priyant Mangat

March 4, 2017, 10:17 pm

One of the most frustrating aspects of Destiny is that the only purpose of customizing your spaceship is "altering" the loading screen and there is no space battles in a triple A sci fi game which takes place in several different planets.If only Bungie decided to include space battles in both the multiplayer and the campaign,Destiny would have been undoubtedly a much better game.


March 5, 2017, 8:27 am

Why not a system that's in place in some other MMOs: Transmogrification? Instead of hoarding all the stuff in the Vault, you store the appearance for use later. Make your Y3 equipment look like Y1, Y2, or Eververse equipment, but keep the Y3 Light level.

Andrew Bays

March 9, 2017, 9:00 pm

hand cannons are the most prominent weapon in pvp wtf are you talking about. get a beter hand cannon they are great. snipers as a primary is completly idiotic it would be very very overpowered. game would go back to early days of sniper only missions basicaly just icebreaker forever.

grenade launcher seems cool idea

exotics are the best but theres also very good legendarys. you have to balance a build. all exotics would be stupidly broken. thats simply how they are balanced out. the only thing i might be able to agree on is all ex wepons but that would still be extremly powerfull imo.

the warlock is exactly what it should be in a gun bassed mmo.

Andrew Bays

March 9, 2017, 9:02 pm

many of us love destiny. just cause you dont doesnt mean others did. it had its problems in early stages but its a really good game now.

Maxx Zimonick

March 11, 2017, 10:31 pm

Same here. I'm not going to buy Destiny 2 unless it has full matchmaking for all raids!


March 15, 2017, 5:06 pm

The old raids and gear ARE being brought current, though. They're coming with the big update on March 28th. It may be a bit late, but I'd personally have it come late than never have it at all.

And, although I wish I was, I am not a Day 1 player. I know there was like no content but the game was still fun to play. I watched my cousin playing a few times and that was one of the main reasons I got Destiny as soon as TTK dropped, so I've been playing since then. I guess a Year 2 Day 1 player. I can say from TTK onward, there has been plenty of good consistent content. In my opinion, they learned their lesson from Vanilla and cranked out content, and have also been listening to their playerbase. That's why the raids are now being brought current.

Destiny started a bit weak and slowly became more and more awesome. I think they're going to continue this trend with D2, but it's going to start strong and just keep getting better. Only thing I really want for D2 would be no more exclusive content. It kinda blows that I don't get certain things for 1+ year(s) just because I've got an Xbox. I know it's Microsoft's fault but it still rustles my jimmies and needs to be fixed lol

Sir Fido

March 28, 2017, 12:23 pm

Personally i would reeaaally like to have split screen multiplayer mode. I miss the old days of playing Halo with my friends on one Xbox, and i seriously hope they make it like that this year. It would make Destiny stand out of the "First person shoot aliens" genre if you could play as two, and i would definitly buy the game if it had splitscreen.


March 29, 2017, 2:57 pm

i see zero chance of this

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