Destiny 2 launches on PC and console September 8, ‘and there will be a ton of loot’

As teased and prodded and hinted at all week, Destiny 2 is official, and we’ve finally got a trailer to go with it. Expect the game to launch on September 8th on Xbox One, PS4, and yes — PC — retailing for $59.99 on up into the stratosphere for collector editions. Beta arrives this summer.

“In Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a Guardian, humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home. The official Destiny 2 reveal trailer, Rally the Troops, shows two of the Vanguard, leaders of the Guardians, inspiring the people of the last city in an impassioned (and occasionally sarcastic) call to arms. In Destiny 2, players will answer this call, embarking on a fresh story filled with new destinations around our solar system to explore, and an expansive amount of activities to discover. There is something for almost every type of gamer in Destiny 2, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players set within a vast, evolving and exciting universe.”

I feel as if Bungie is hitting a nice chord here between “Forth Eorlingas!” and Guardians of the Galaxy in the new trailer, while also getting right to the point of what video games (and for that matter, war) are really about. Check it out!

Destiny 2 Announced: Blockbuster Sequel to the Biggest New Console Video Game Franchise Launch of All-Time Set for September 8

Gameplay World Premiere Set for May 18

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First-Person Action Game Welcomes PC Players to the Destiny Universe

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.(NASDAQ: ATVI), announced Destiny 2, the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Destiny, a first-person action game that takes the player on an epic journey to defend humanity from annihilation. The official Destiny 2 reveal trailer, “Rally the Troops,” debuted a character-driven glimpse at Destiny 2‘s story today. Additionally, the first hands-on gameplay reveal livestream will be broadcast around the world on May 18. The broadcast will showcase a variety of fun, action-oriented activities within Destiny 2, and will highlight the brand-new, epic adventure waiting for players. With a fresh start for all players right from the opening cinematic, Destiny 2 will expand across the globe with a worldwide release on September 8. Destiny 2 will be available on PlayStation®4 systems with additional, timed exclusive* content, Xbox One (PlayStation®Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features), and for the first time in Destiny’s history, a new platform to enjoy this universe will be offered. Destiny 2 is coming to PC!

Destiny was the biggest launch of a new console video game franchise ever. Along with our incredibly talented partners at Bungie, we are focusing on making Destiny 2 even better, with state of the art first person action, an awesome new story, great characters, and thoughtful innovations that make the game more accessible to all different kinds of players,” said Activision CEO, Eric Hirshberg. “We’re also bringing Destiny 2 to the PC platform for the first time. Destiny 2 will make an already great game franchise better than ever.”

Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “The past three years have been incredibly inspiring and rewarding for Bungie. To know that millions of players around the world have forged lasting Destiny memories and even made it their hobby is truly humbling and we can’t wait to continue the journey.” He added, “We are looking forward to sharing a fresh, inviting story, and with the upcoming Destiny 2 Beta slated for this summer, we are eager to get feedback from millions of players around the world who will get a glimpse of the new adventures that will unfold for all of us. Together, with our partners at Activision, we are thrilled to get Destiny 2 in the hands of players in September.”

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Destiny 2 is currently Rating Pending (RP) by the ESRB and will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The product line-up will also feature the Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle at $89.99 SRP, the Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition featuring premium digital content at $99.99 SRP, the Limited Edition at $99.99 SRP, and the Collector’s Edition, featuring a fully-wearable Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium digital content and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box for $249.99 SRP.

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kgptzac

I’ve never cared about Destiny 1, and from the comments I gathered, the game plays not much different from Warframe, which personally has a much more interesting aesthetics and background. I’ve played enough games on PC to not positively react to games that are all about grinding for equipment.

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mysecretid

I’ve never found Destiny to be grindy (I play the collected edition). Rather, the opposite — decent gear has dropped easily and often for me, throughout my gameplay, and continues to do so.

I think that’s what the promo may mean by “a ton of loot” in the sequel.

Like any game, it has certain “rare” pieces for people who like to work for such things, but I have never, ever felt under-powered or incompetent while playing (just the opposite, in fact) because I didn’t have gear piece X or armor set Y.

Cheers,

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Dividion

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this will feel a bit like the Division. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

The city has fallen. You and a bunch of other “agents” are going to arm yourselves and try to put things back in order, while gaining new skills, weapons and armor along the way.

I tried Destiny, but my less-than-stellar aim with an Xbox controller made for a rather frustrating experience. On PC that shouldn’t be an issue. However, one of the best parts of the Division is that you can use any weapon, skill or armor. If this uses a class system like the first Destiny, that probably won’t be possible.

I don’t think I’ll pre-order, but September’s a good time to launch. Most people will probably have their fill of ESO:Morrowind by then.

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ihatevnecks

I’m not really seeing that. I guess it could be one very small aspect of it, but we already know from yesterday’s material that we’re going to be seeing new planets (possibly along with some old), so I wouldn’t expect a Division-like focus on taking back one city.

Plus, at least based on one of the covers shown, the same classes will be present in the game. I’d expect them to again keep the class-specific armors because they’re what help contribute to the unique visual identities and outlines of each class; keeping them visually distinct is actually a core part of PVP. That would mean class skills just like before, though how they’re unlocked could completely change. Weapons haven’t ever been class-specific in the game.

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Solaris

Totally playing this on PC where 6 years old’s who were born with gamepads in their hands won’t wreck and teabag me.

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IgnisGray

Cool. Now all the people snidely and smugly dismissing the first game will suddenly care.

I hated Destiny 1 articles — not because of the writing but because of the comments. So much smug condescension simply because people refused to buy it on console.

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mysecretid

There’s been a lot of pointless salt, and drama-baiting, to be sure. I always find it disappointing when the Massively community takes the low road — they’re typically better than that.

Cheers,

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mcsleaz

I bought it on console & it sucked.

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Dystopiq

Why would I buy it on something I don’t own. And why are you upset at people who want to play it on a better control scheme?

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ihatevnecks

You could just as easily turn the question around and ask why were people so upset just because a game didn’t release on their chosen gaming platform? :)

What he pointed out is completely valid, it was a constant thing showing up in Destiny articles here. It wasn’t just “damn I wish this game was on PC,” which is an understandable sentiment; it was “lol shit game for peasants let me know when it’s a PC game.” Notice the difference in tone?

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Lights and Music

You could just as easily turn the question around and ask why were people so upset just because a game didn’t release on their chosen gaming platform?

Uhhh, I think you answered your own question. People were upset because they were unable to play the game unless they purchased an entirely new system to do so…

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ihatevnecks

No, I don’t think that answers the question.

I don’t get upset I can’t play the new Zelda because I don’t own a Wii U (any longer) or a Switch. I certainly don’t get upset enough about it to go on a website and troll every single article about the game with the same kind of comments I mentioned above, and which IgnisGray was specifically referring to.

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BalsBigBrother

I recall a lot of folks asking for Destiny 1 to be on PC because they wanted to play it. However they were not willing to spend money to buy a console for a single game when they have a perfectly good PC. A pretty reasonable stance to have too imo.

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IgnisGray

It’s one thing to have platform preferences and to be disappointed when they’re not met. That’s fine.

It’s another thing to just rip the game to shreds every time an article is written about it. This site is about MMO’s and MOBA’s and multiplayer games in general, not just the ones on PC.

As a PS4 Destiny player, how do you think it felt for me to log into MOP to see the comments be just vitriol and “don’t care unless PC lol” ?

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Connor

As an adult with real adult problems to worry about, people slagging off my console of choice doesn’t bother me.

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BalsBigBrother

I don’t know how you felt nor do I care to guess. I can tell you that if it was me frankly I wouldn’t have cared what anyone else said as long as I was having fun with the game.

My job as a gamer to is buy games and have fun. End of story.

I don’t need to defend a game nor reply to any vitriol so I would read any relevant articles take away whatever information is pertinent to me and go back enjoying the game.

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squidgod2000

As interesting as this seems, I’m just done with gear treadmills.

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Denice J. Cook

As a former hardcore Destiny player, you are 100% right there: It is a wicked gear treadmill. Moreover, with the first two expansions, Bungie said, “here’s a postage stamp-sized square of new content: Now replace all of your gear and weapons just because!”

The first worthwhile expansion (and still the best one) was really The Taken King, but they forced everyone to pay for the first two pieces of crap to even get to it. Rise of Iron isn’t bad, either, but TTK was really the pinnacle for Destiny.

It’s been a total nerf-fest on Bungie’s part as of late, though, which doesn’t bode well for Destiny 2. I imagine many here will play it on PC, though, because they never played the original.

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ihatevnecks

What have they nerfed?

I know they did or were going to nerf shotguns in PvP, which made absolute sense – they were the only viable weapon in a number of game types. Same goes with certain abilities like the Stormcaller Warlock melee. But didn’t they also just do a round of improvements for handgun accuracy and assault rifle damage, so ARs are finally (the first time since launch) viable to use again?

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mysecretid

Every time DJ Cook posts about Destiny, I genuinely wonder if we both play the same game.

I can only imagine that the game has gone through a number of changes since it launched, because most of what is mentioned, I’ve never seen.

Perhaps these issues mentioned are only relevant to PvP competition in The Crucible, or other very specific parts of the game? As someone who only plays story PvE and co-op, I can’t say I’ve seen any of the problems referenced.

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Danny Smith

I always feel conflicted about Cayde. Do i like the character? or just like Nathan Fillion being Mal from Firefly as a robut?

Still bit of a meh trailer, but after being with Destiny from the first alpha/beta period my excitement is being kept well and truly at arms length till i see more.

Bit of a shame it seems that PC players are showing up mid way in a “Eowen shows up midway through the fellowships adventure” kind of way, even with all the bad things like the Hive on the Moon and the more recent SIVA outbreak in old russia are things that were good fun they are missing out on.

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ihatevnecks

The trailer definitely had some humor, but I was really hoping for more story-bridging and less lulz for the ‘official trailer’ announcing the game. Overall it just felt too much like what’s plagued so much of Destiny – too much show and not enough content.

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Alex Willis

I just can’t figure Bungie out. Don’t release #1 on PC, but #2 is a go! Honestly, I’m a completionist, so I don’t like the idea of not knowing what happened in the original (or not playing it). It’s hard enough for me in GW2 knowing there were Living World episodes I missed out on that can I never play. A whole game? Almost a deal-breaker.

Also: I still DO NOT UNDERSTAND their reluctance to port Halo’s sequels to PC. I would pay good money to play them on PC, as would many others. But there’s a persistent obstinacy in refusing to bring them across. So I’m not necessarily favorably inclined to the company.

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Drainage

Bungie is not part of Halo anymore.

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Denice J. Cook

That’s probably always been more a Microsoft thing, to try and force you into buying whichever new Xbox is out.

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J.T.

The “reluctance” is that those are a proprietary property owned in part by Microsoft when Bungie was still a subsidiary of them. MS uses that one game as an exclusive to sell consoles. Halo alone was the key game that lunged the XBOX into the console wars that was mostly dominated by Sony and Nintendo (Sega I think was in it’s deathbed at the time with Dreamcast). Sure they have Forza racing for those fans who like to play sports games video games but Halo is the Xbox game.

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xpsync

I know for me personally there was something magical about Destiny, I’ll never nail down what it was, the place and time, the game itself, the people i played with, Nathan Fillion (FireFly vibe), Peter Dinklage voice work on Ghost, Bungie doing something different, such an amazing shooter on a console??? All of the above? Hope the magic is there in 2, it’s on the PC how could it not be.

“Those Fallen in the Ishtar Sink on Venus…story is they raided the Prison of Elders in the Reef. Got an Archon Priest. The Queen’s bounty is high so we know it’s powerful. We need to hunt this thing down before they fully restore its soul.” – Cayde-6

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Michael18

Nice!
Now let’s hope they won’t scale enemies with your item level, like this certain other game, or that “ton of loot” will be pretty meaningless…

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Danny Smith

Its Destiny. The ‘ton of loot’ will often be a checklist of a dozen weapons out of a potential 3 dozen over 3 years you really want and usually one or two will rule the roost between patches.

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squidgod2000

Sounds like Defiance—shitloads of drops, but only a handful that are actually viable weapons.

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Drainage

Nah, I use all kinds of weapons for different situations.

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Danny Smith

Defiance is to Destiny as Taco Bell is to mexican food. Its kind of the same ballpark but one is the same thing cobbled together out of garbage.

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J.T.

Horrible comparison….

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Armsbend

I like getting involved in at least one high profile fall release – in the early running it looks as if Destiny Dos is the One to beat!

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Xephyr

Cool, I’ll probably check it out since it’s on PC.

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Xijit

I predict that this trailer will be about as indicative of the actual game play as the trailer for SW:TOR was.

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ihatevnecks

It’s actually extremely close to real game play. All those people just standing around doing nothing during most of the trailer? There’s a hell of a lot of standing around the tower doing nothing while you go to an external website just to find a group to run your weekly nightmares/raids ;)

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Godson69

Gawd, I hope they keep the humor. I’ll be right there telling them to take my cash. By the way, yea PC!

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Drainage

The character is over the top in his interactions during Destiny 1.

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luxundae

Bwahaha, come over to the dark [PC] side, Destiny!

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BalsBigBrother

Not going to pre-order but I imagine this will end up on my hard drive at some point maybe even a day one purchase if I get hyped enough :-)

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Xijit

give it 2~ years and it will be free to play

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Dug From The Earth

The first game was Buy 2 Play. B2P doesnt seem to go F2P as quickly or as often as subscription based games. Also, Bungie has a roadmap for sequels, Destiny 2 wont have a lifespan longer than about 2-3 years max, and then they will release Destiny 3.

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xpsync

I literally got misty reading this news… THANK YOU!

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bobfish

PC & Nathan Fillion, I’m sold.

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xpsync

I’m a guy.
But yeah i really liked Nathan Fillion in Destiny, probably my FireFly love, but anyway…

“Down there on Venus we got an Ishtar sink”

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Drainage

Hahahaha

I don’t know how much they are paying him, but worth every dime.

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Armsbend

He has a pretty distinctive voice – worth it.

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Dug From The Earth

Gary!

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syberghost

Stop pre-ordering games.

Right after you pre-order this. THEN stop.

Shut up, I am not a hypocrite.

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Drainage

I’m really interested to see the reaction of PC only players.

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kgptzac

I think a PC gamer is more likely to see the folly of pre-ordering a video game.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Largely depends if I can finish forcing myself through the first one on console. If I don’t finish the first one, I won’t buy the second. Releasing the first one on PC too would likely guarantee a purchase of the second.

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Dug From The Earth

You know that when the game doesnt have “a ton of loot” there will be soooo many reposts of the video where he says that to bash on Bungie.

Aside from that… ill take my blessing where i get them. I wanted a PC release for Destiny 1, that didnt happen. Now 2 will be on PC, but its not very likely there will be cross platform play… because of any number of lame and ridiculously unacceptable reasons.

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Greaterdivinity

Neat, finally. Now the rumors can stop!

If it’s shit-hot when it launches I’ll pick it up (I rarely pre-order games, especially from major publishers like Activision). Otherwise, waiting for a sale it will be. Glad it’s finally coming, been interested in checking it out for a a while and simply cannot play FPS games on console -_-

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