THE BIG NEWS STORY: DESTINY 2
After all of the hype and rumors, Bungie has finally announced the sequel Destiny 2. Here’s everything we know about it so far
After the success of the last twoand a-half-years we always knew this day would come. Some might call it fate, we call it destiny… 2. Ahem Yep, Bungie’s follow-up to the Halo series is finally getting a sequel, and just from its brief announcement it’s already looking more impressive than the original. It’s also going to mark a fresh start for the series, so it’s going to be the perfect place for all would-be Guardians to join the fray for the first time alongside more experienced folk.
Currently Destiny players are enjoying the game’s last event—The Age Of Triumph, which gives you access to a record book full of tasks that will keep you busy all the way up to September. Like a victory tour, it takes you through revisiting all of the game’s best bits from the last two years. It’s all rather cheery, so how we get from there to all of the death and destruction that’s currently on show in Destiny2 will be quite the shock to the (solar) system.
For starters the low-hanging moon-thing that is The Traveller is in a bad way. After ushering in Earth’s golden age of technology, where humanity spread throughout the solar system and kept the Last City safe for the last few hundred years, The Traveller seemed invincible. So invincible that seeing its innards ravaged by flames like the after effects of a bad chilli comes as huge a surprise.
It’s not just our giant round friend either—the Last City has also fallen. The Tower where you spent all of your free time in Destiny1 dancing and being dismayed by Xur’s offerings has been obliterated. The storage vaults where you kept all of your loot? All gone. Yep, even the secret balls used for spontaneous kickabouts are gone, and it’s all thanks to those blasted Cabal. Thanks a lot, guys.
Despite how much you’ve been killing them off in Destiny1 the bad guys have managed to amass enough forces for a full-on assault on The Traveller and The Last City, forcing out you and your Guardian buddies into the surrounding wastes. The ones behind it all? The Red Legion led by Ghaul, or Gary as Cayde-6 likes to call him. They’re a completely new faction that are said to be even more powerful than anything we’ve encountered and come equipped with some seriously powerful gear and some nasty new enemy types.
From more mobile shields that can be deployed at will by enemies that we’ll have to get around, to brutes wielding energy cleavers, and vicious alien dog things that will pounce at your face, there will be a lot of new bad guys to shoot at. Ghaul himself is said to be a master strategist, which explains how he was able to formulate a successful plan to attack The
Traveler, but he’s also impressively well armored and looks like he could pack a serious punch in a potential boss fight.
Leading the charge against all this nastiness are the Vanguards. If you’ve played the first Destiny you’ll have met them before—they’re the leaders of each of the three classes you can play as. Commander Zavala, who originally led the Titans, seems to be the main point of contact, delivering an inspiring speech to rally an army of Guardians to fight back. Meanwhile Cayde-6 of the Hunter class is far more interested in grabbing loot and finding a chance to show off his skills.
Other famous Destiny friends will also be making a return: Ikora Key has joined the fray as leader of the Warlock class, Lord Shaxx who was running the Crucible has been spotted taking up arms, as have the tendril-faced merchant Xur and someone wearing the queen’s sigil, which suggests that the Awoken of The Reef might be stepping in as well. Perhaps Mara Sov herself will make a return to guide you through the outer reaches of space.
Destiny2 is also looking to address a lot of the criticisms it faced in the original over its lack of a solid story. While Bungie’s gunplay is exceptional it didn’t give any particularly compelling reasons to be doing all that shooting in the first place, but the sequel is rectifying that by giving it more of a character-led focus. We’ve seen more of what Zavala and Cayde-6 are like in a single trailer than we had in all of Destiny and its expansions. Instead of being hidden in tiny extracts hidden around the world, the workings of the solar system and the Darkness’ role in it will be front and centre.
Of course there will also be whole load of new weapons and abilities to enjoy for each of the three preexisting classes of Titan, Warlock and Hunter. New exotics are a given, though Cayde-6 has been spotted wielding his classic Ace of Spades hand canon so no doubt a few classics will return, perhaps with slightly different parameters or skins to give them a unique twist.
Added to that is the possibility of new subclasses that were shown in some leaked scrapped concept art from Ant Farm—an agency that has partnered with Activision and Destiny in the past. It’s nothing solid just
“We’ll have the chance to travel further than ever before with new planets to see”
yet so keep a pinch of salt handy, but Hunters were spotted with a spear-like weapon, while defensive Titans sported a Captain Americastyle shield and the Warlock wielded a sword with wings sprouted from its back. Looks like we’ll have more chances for melee beatdowns among all of that cabal shooting we’ll be doing between missions.
We’ll also be travelling further afield than ever before, with access to new areas and planets to explore. One of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, Mercury, and Saturn have already been hinted at as explorable places in Grimoires found in game, so it’s a safe bet that Destiny2 will actually give up the chance to go there as well as to explore other areas on Earth itself.
Don’t think you can hold all of your excitement in until September? Well you’re in luck, as there will also be a multiplayer beta test this summer, most likely just after E3. You can get some hands-on experience and practise in before taking on the Red Legion themselves later this year.
Destiny2 will launch on 8 September with a beta test this summer. We’ll have more info in issue 153!
above Commander Zavala is a lot more successful at rallying his troops than his EXO counterpart.
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Destiny 2 will have more of a character focus so we’ll learn more about the vanguards.
right This guy is an all new enemy. Not sure he’ll want to play fetch.