Destiny 2 Preview

  • September 3rd, 2017

We’re just a few days away!

Bungie dropped the first official teaser for Destiny 2 in March, followed shortly by a reveal event. With just over two months until Destiny 2’s 9/6 release, it’s the perfect time to take stock of what we know about the new game, lay out hopes and expectations, and identify concerns that might derail those hopes.

Gameplay

If you’re reading this because Destiny is your jam, and you’re simply starving for more, Destiny 2 will almost certainly have you covered. Destiny wasn’t perfect as originally released in 2014, but Bungie went back to work until they got it right a year later with the Taken King expansion. In that vein, Destiny 2 will continue building on the franchise’s strengths – strong cooperative gameplay, customizable skills, RPG-style progression and loot, and a massive, interplanetary field of play. Destiny 2 will also give you more of that high-concept mythical/sci-fi fusion.

Guardians will travel to platforms above the oceans of Saturn’s moon Titan, to Nessus, a Vex-corrupted planetoid covered in massive, deadly machines, and in the European Dead Zone, where refugees wander civilization’s ruins looking for protection from hostile invaders.

Destiny 2 is set after the destruction of Earth’s Last City by Cabal forces and will be much more story-driven than its predecessor, truly motivating the player throughout the campaign mode. With Dominus Ghaul, the leader of the Cabal attack, we finally have a villain that truly threatens the Traveler’s Light.

New Features

New social tweaks, like an enhanced matchmaking system, should help everyone find complete fireteams for raids and other endgame content. Competitive play will now feature 4-on-4 teams, for a tighter, more tactically-based approach. New weapon classes should discourage over-reliance on certain types, avoiding situations like the plague of shotguns in Destiny’s crucible.

What We Don’t Know

What Bungie has hinted about but now shown are new features that promise a richer exploration-based style of play, expanding on the patrol mode of Destiny. Major, game-altering features like these can be the difference needed to create a game that is more than a polished, large-scale expansion of the original.

The Takeaway

In all likelihood, Destiny 2 will not be the perfect game the day it ships. But Bungie’s history of going all-out on epic games should pair well with their more recent track record of sincere, positive responses to criticism. This combination represents the potential for a game that will grow into a generation-defining classic.