Destiny 2: Gameplay stream, features, and Blizzard’s Battlenet

You know you are more than a little curious to see what this fall’s Destiny 2 looks and plays like, especially considering that the series is now coming to PC. Well, today you have your chance to do just that. Bungie is hosting a livestream event at 1:00 p.m. EDT to show the world gameplay premiere of Destiny 2, and everyone is sure to be on their best behavior in the chat room.

We’ve got the stream embedded for you after the cut!

Source: Twitter

And now we’ve got confirmation that Destiny 2 is most definitely arriving on Blizzard’s Battle.net platform — as an exclusive for Windows and a first for Blizz.

Updating with more as we go!

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Jeff

Blizzard is going to get gobbled up by Activision, it will just be a name in a couple more years, people will look back the 2004-2009 period as one of innocence as Activison offers a Thrall skin in the next Call of Duty game.

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Yangers

Oddly I just uninstalled the Battlenet app – I only used it for D3 and haven’t played that in a few years. The necro update doesn’t interest me.

No dedicated servers is lame, and not on steam is annoying. Definitely be waiting till after it comes out to see if it’s worth bothering re-installing the app.

Seeing as they’ve farmed it out to another company, I hope it’s not a crappy PC port.

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Arktouros

I always liked the idea of Destiny but as a PC gamer just never had access. Should be interesting to see how this one comes along.

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Denice J. Cook

Honestly, it looks to me like Destiny 1.5 at best. I mean…Cabal? Again? And you have to re-level the same classes again, but with different supers? Not to mention that this is Bungie: However cool the weapons, armor and new supers are, give them some time and they’ll nerf them all into the ground like always.

It looks flashy and will be on PC too at least, Cayde’s always funny, and I guess it’s good that this one will have an actual story (other than the silly “I don’t have time to tell you what I don’t have time to tell you” verbal exchanges of Destiny 1).

The 4vs4 across the boards in all Crucible matches is just a lag alleviator. Dedicated servers would have been better. The group finder will be a welcome change, but a chat window would have been a lot nicer for building and maintaining a community (and it will be considered lackluster if the PC version doesn’t have one.)

The Taken King was such a positive, major Destiny revamp with so much new content (but was still just an expansion) that it makes this thing look like it’s another expansion, too. Bungie is just making everyone start from scratch again this time around to stretch out the game play time before the predictable end-game “repetitive dungeon syndrome” sets in.

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jay

So is destiny 2 going to be a complete overhaul of destiny 1? Or is it going to be more like an expansion in that it’s the same lore, same graphical quality, etc. Just with an expanded universe, and your characters don’t transfer over?

Or is this a complete break with destiny 1, and going to be something totally different? I don’t play console games, so i never experienced destiny 1. Friends that have played it liken it to some what of a lobby based shooter with battlegrounds & a few MMO aspects? Is this accurate, and if so is this what we can expect of destiny 2?

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ihatevnecks

It’s not a complete overhaul. It’s got a lot of quality of life improvements the fanbase have been requesting since the original launch: better in-game clan support, matchmaking for *all* game modes to name a couple. It’s also got a lot of new things they announced but didn’t really detail, including the new weapon system and more activities in the patrol zones.

I think people who are referring to it as “more like an expansion” are ignoring the new things they’ve announced, and also the fact that we haven’t seen everything they’re doing; today’s reveal was mainly to show off gameplay for the first time, while a lot of the details are likely being saved for E3.

That being said, the core of the game is remaining the same. It’s really not an MMO. It’s a co-operative, solo, or competitive looter shooter with a strong PvE and story component. This time it sounds like the story component is actually in the game rather than being on the website :)

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FreecczLaw

People are not ignoring the new things, Bungie just didn’t show much. I am sure you are right and E3 will give us some bigger stuff, but based only on what has been seen already this is Bungie just making a marketing push.

It makes sense, but they haven’t shown anything to suggest this is worth a “2” beside its name. Quality of life improvements are nice and should definitely be a part of the newest iteration of a game (especially in a game like Destiny where it was really needed), but it shouldn’t be the main feature of the game which is what it feels like with Destiny “2”.

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ihatevnecks

Right, but it’s not just quality of life improvements. New strikes, new raid, at least 4 new zones/planets (one of which is 2x larger than any they’ve released to date), a new quest system, new procedural mini-zones (lost sectors), new subclasses. Those are just the things we know about.

This is separate from the QoL changes like the redone clan system, matchmaking, removal of the planet > orbit > planet loop, rebalanced PvP, the new weapon system, and whatever the new loot and upgrade systems turn out to be.

I really don’t see how this qualifies as a DLC. A sequel should keep the core gameplay people enjoyed in the original (it does), while furthering the narrative in a PVE/story-based game (it does), while adding new content alongside *some* new gameplay systems (it does).

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Sray

DAMMIT ACTIBLIZZARD, OPEN UP THE PC PRE-ORDERS ALREADY!!!

This startling overreaction was brought to you by some pretty sweet muscle relaxants, and a big lack of sleep.

Seriously though: shut up and take my money.

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Estranged

Love it. lol

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DJ Meowth

Anyone else kind of interested but unwilling to jump in without having experienced Destiny 1 first? I haven’t had a console since the PS3 launched and I hate jumping into a series halfway through, especially if there are things that carry over from the first game. Destiny 1 should have come out on PC. At the very least, they should port over all the Destiny 1 content so PC players can experience it. Make it optional or exclusive to the PC version of Destiny 2.

But if there’s not going to be any way for me to have the full Destiny experience like PS4/XBONE players are going to have, I’m going to pass.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I fully agree Meowth.

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Terren Bruce

The story of Destiny 2 is sort of a fresh start anyway. And Destiny 1 didn’t have much of a story to be honest, and the Taken King’s story was pretty simple and doesn’t seem particularly relevant to this one.

Having played Destiny 1 and Taken King I can honestly say to you that you shouldn’t worry about the earlier story at all. You’re not missing a thing.

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Jack Kerras

Definitely read the Books of Sorrow, though. They added those with TTK and they make the game’s dumb space zombies into something that actually makes sense and is fairly interesting and rich. :)

You’re not missing out on the in-game narrative in Destiny; that is as you would expect. But there’s a certain amount of cool-ness to the world where Shin Malphur, Dregden Yor, Aurash and Xivu Arath and Savathun exist, as long as you know they exist at all. Coming across Thorn or The Last Word is neater when you know where they came from. That said: this is merely interesting reading which sort of backs up the worldbuilding aspect, rather than being a necessary activity in-game, so a lot of folks just never engaged.

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ihatevnecks

Yeah it’s unfortunate that the grimoire info, especially the Book of Sorrows, is so divorced from the game itself. The BoS is such an awesome read.

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Andrew Ross

I love your icon and may need you to DJ my child’s birthday party. Please give me a 9+ months to work on the child part though.

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DJ Meowth

And yeah, I know there’s a rickety half-complete version of Destiny for the PS3 but if my issue is about having the full Destiny experience, I’m not going to get the version that is missing an entire expansion. :P

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Estranged

So, you are willing to miss a great game over this issue? Cool, I guess.

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DJ Meowth

Beta hasn’t started, so you don’t know that Destiny 2 is a great game. I also followed Destiny 1’s development and patch cycles, and the general consensus was that it was an alright game with not enough content to keep people engaged for an extended period of time.

I’m willing to play through a PC version of Destiny 1 for the lore and the stuff that carries over to 2, and I’m willing to move onto Destiny 2 and give that a fair shake, but I’m not willing to buy a PS4 to play an okay game in order to get background for its PC sequel. :)

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DJ – I stated my opinion from personal experience. Take it or leave it.

:-)

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Sorenthaz

So if it’s on Battle.net will this mean that the PC version actually gets proper support for once, or are they going to treat it like their Call of Duty titles and pawn it off to a third party team that doesn’t do jack squat to combat cheaters. :|

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Reht

Bungie will be providing support, not blizzard, so it’s hard to say it will get proper support but i am just glad it will be on PC.

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Mr Poolaty

Yea for PC
Processional Cheaters

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Reselect Name

Its Activision, it will be the exact same game as the last one but with new maps.

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Balen Arenas

This looks like Destiny 1

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FreecczLaw

I was going to say the same thing. I was kind of hyped when I saw the stream, but after watching it it felt more like Destiny 1.1 more than anything.

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Jack Kerras

They’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, here; their FPS game is fucking -good-. Their designers make things that look good, their sandbox guys do a pretty great job of creating and balancing (if not fast enough for my liking) their varying weapon archetypes and the entries in those archetypes.

Destiny 2 LOOKS very similar to Destiny, but that’s not a bad thing; Destiny was pretty gorgeous, slick, and unified in terms of its looks.

That being said: new weapon types like the SMG and grenade launcher, the shuffling of weapons to two-primary/one-special (instead of primary-special-heavy) and the inclusion of a system of ‘kinetic slot/energy slot’ which I know -frustratingly- little about? All that is very interesting. The Crucible is SURE to be a better experience with shotguns and sniper rifles joining rocket launchers and LMGs in the control-this-ammo-or-be-destroyed slot. Man, I love shotguns, but Destiny’s shotguns were fucking wrong, full stop.

Further, the inclusion of class mechanics which separate the classes without being dependent upon an element – every Hunter being able to Shadowstep AND Golden Gun, Titans being able to drop a directional shield as well as their chosen Super, and Warlocks having an AoE healbuff zone? That is kind of a big deal. Much like the choice to focus the game more on moment-to-moment gunplay in making kinetic/energy slots main weapons while the special slot is gone altogether.

I can’t -wait- to see how those affect PvE, and you’d better believe they will. I’m very excited to see more of the PvP, which I’ve watched as much of as I can get in my head already. Aesthetically, this game looks like Destiny, which is a bonus; Destiny looks good. That being said, if you don’t think that the ground-level systems and class changes they’ve made (FIST OF HAVOC IS A ROAMER?!O_O) are going to mean a -very- different gameplay experience, then I don’t think you’ve looked at it hard enough.

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Herro Mongorian

Must be why they called it Destiny 2!

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Michael18

will PC and console players be able to play together?

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Dug From The Earth

No cross platform info yet
Highly unlikely though for the same reasons its been absent in 99% of other games that release on pc and console.

Ridiculous reasons.

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Dug From The Earth

Some PC info released from kotaku

4k Resolution Support (3820×2160)
Uncapped framerate
Full mouse and keyboard support with custom key mapping
Text chat
Adjustable Field of View
Detailed PC settings screen
21:9 monitor support

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Estranged

Dug, awesome. Gonna look nice!

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deekay_plus

doing god’s work.

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RJB

It’s not called Battle net anymore hasen’t been for some time

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McGuffn

My guess is it is better calling the service battlenet than changing the name to “blizzard app” and then selling games from another studio on it a couple months later like you don’t know what you’re doing.

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John Bagnoli

I would like to point out that if you watched the stream Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime was the one who called it battle net. You can watch him say it at the 2 hour and 9ish so minute mark.

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Dug From The Earth

Apparently, your jerk like attitude is unwarranted

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/news/?d=2017-5#181745

Blizzard is still calling it battle.net too

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Dystopiq

OMG who the hell cares. Why are you being pedantic about something so meaningless? Zip it

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Dug From The Earth

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miskav

I’ll take blizzard’s usage over anything else.

If they, themselves, are still calling it battle net, then it’s battle net.

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Dug From The Earth

Why havent you been banned yet? lol

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RJB

Can’t ban someone for their opinion

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Bree Royce

No, we don’t ban people for their opinion. We do ban for repeated personal attacks, though, so knock it off. We welcome corrections to our tips line without the rudeness.

And just FYI, Justin didn’t write the update with the Battlenet part or the revised headline. I did. And that’s what Blizzard called it. Take it up with them.

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Dug From The Earth

And opinion is “I like corn” or “I hated the first Destiny”…

not intentionally pointing out someones flaws or mistakes publicly to deface their credibility or stature.

Blizzard and Mike Morhaime have just as much, if not more, stake in the official name of the app than Justin or anyone at MOP, I hope your tirade against the injustice spoken has made its way to their inboxes as well.

You could have also just as easily sent a private message to MOP or the author in this article with the corrections needed, but I supposed that wasnt your primary agenda.

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deekay_plus

i noticed that from quotes from friends and in links to blizzard’s own blog. i guess they second thought the rebrand.

which is a good thing.

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Estranged

Agreed. Basically everyone knows Battle.net in the gaming world.

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MeltWithYou

Who gives a shit besides you?

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Reht

Destiny 2 on battlenet is awesome, now i have something other than D3 necro expansion to use my banked wow tokens for!

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Totakeke

Hahaha, oh wow. I actually never thought of that.

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Dantos

makes sense, leveraging their built in install base and they can also avoid the steam cut on micro transactions that way too.

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Scratches

It feels kinda weird that I’m happy about being able to play this through battle.net instead of Steam… Almost like… Betrayal….?

Lol, oh well

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Jack Pipsam

Interesting times, I am almost surprised Activision hasn’t taken advantage of using a Blizzard service for one of their titles before.

But unless a bunch of my friends get this I will hold off, the original Destiny was my first major disappointment of this generation. I used to love Bungie so much in their Halo days, but they’re a very different studio now, most of the Halo crew have left, Bungie expanded a lot, so it’s only the name which remains.

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deekay_plus

asssuming this is any thing like d1 it’s certainly more akin to what bnet is good at than any other activision title, all automatchmaking bullshit aside that is the rage nowadays in shooters. >>

i have interest in my guild and a possible opening in our schedule for the release period, so likely i’ll be entertaining some friends in this game for a month or 4.

does anyone know if it i will support 3rd person play? have a friend that has no compunction about playing tps but won’t touch fps with a ten foot poll.

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Pandalulz

The first one doesn’t, except weirdly in town or when using special environment objects it drops into third person. Maybe better to play dress up. *shrug* I assume the second will be the same, but I don’t think they’ve made an announcement one way or the other.

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deekay_plus

i’m thinking in terms of non wow games on bnet and how they utilize bnet, wrt to d1.

granted d1 had next to no legitimate friend/org systems beyond the console systems. then again that’s where i’m thinking bnet comes in handy, beyond the announced clan system.

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Pandalulz

I was just speaking to the TPS vs FPS issue. For some reason the game switches to TPS in town. So the animations are even there, why not let you use them in combat… *shrug* I suppose to be fair in PVP? I would love a TPS mode as well.

On the social side, I think Battle.net will complement the game pretty well. Although at this point, most of my Battle.net list is ex-WoW players that haven’t logged in in over a year and nothing else and my PSN list has three times as many people who actually log in (although probably not to play MP games). I’ll probably buy it on PS4, which means the icon will sit on the BN launcher and taunt me.

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Koshelkin

God, that looked dull. And the blokes couldn’t stop talking.

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Dystopiq

What you don’t like hearing about friendship and life changing moments!?

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Danny Smith

So their answering to matchmaking is a system for clans to use solo players as 5th wheels to fill slots they will kick as soon as a clan members goes online, content datamined in the taken king IN the trailer and lots of cheering for features a base retail game should launch with merely because Destiny never added them in.

Forgive me for not being too excited. Dont get me wrong i played Destiny from Beta to Rise of Iron and its fun but holy shit the up their own ass ego shit really gives me flashbacks to the “finish the final fight of ultimate war guys that never die because heros” bunkum from halo.

I really hope its at least ‘more of the same with quality of life improvements’ but they really gotta show something more than “i dont have time to explain why i dont have time to explain” this time.

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deekay_plus

there’s 3 months of hype train to come. don’t worry if not everything is answered in the first day. :P

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DK, heck ya, gotta drag it out!

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deekay_plus

3 month hype train feels short af after gw2 and star citizen. XD

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Estranged

They did offer a manifesto concerning fun, accessibility and having plenty of things to do!

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wandris

Interesting. First I thought it would be something ridiculous like ” the biggest most active PC community Windows store xbox”. But most likely steam. Blizzard that is a surprise. Although I suppose it makes sense.

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Reht

Might be the first step in their future plans for the platform formerly named battlenet.

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deekay_plus

they are back to calling it battlenet again. XD

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Reht

For the moment, sir!

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Dug From The Earth

Every step taken was pretty much a step forward. Maybe not a leap forward in certain areas, but still a step forward.

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BalsBigBrother

Destiny 2 on PC OMG YEAH via Battlenet … um …. going to have to let that sink in a little bit as I am not sure what I think of that at the moment but I guess it was inevitable but still need to let it sink in a little first.

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Estranged

It’s good, like I said below – all of those battle.net friends ready to go!

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BalsBigBrother

Friends um I am not sure I understand the concept.

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deekay_plus

BBB we need to get you into a mutual game with the FT crew some time. you’d enjoy it as soon as the anxiety subsides, i ‘d like to think at least.

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John Bagnoli

Heh. Destiny 2 on Battle.net

Nice brand control Activision.

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Estranged

Yep. Everything should be on that launcher.

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rafael12104

Destiny 2 on Blizz, oh shit…. t

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Estranged

I love playing on my PS4, but having access to my large friends list from Blizzard would be awesome.

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Pandalulz

The downside is, like Overwatch, now I have to figure out where I’m going to play it. Which friends will I play with and which will I ostracize?

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Estranged

Pandalulz – I’m so interested in how my HotS friends will do with a fleshed out 3D adventure.

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deekay_plus

it’d almost nice to have that problem again. my guild is nearly 40 strong but only about 4-8 of us play a game together regularly. it’d almost be nice to go back to the gw2 launch period days of actively managing 3 5 mans to keep them balanaced without raid groups.

that being said… i think i’m fairly happy with how things are now too.

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Leontes

Is it just because I’m German, or is this really one big annoying marketing pep-talk?

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deekay_plus

don’t worry many jaded types around here. enjoy it for what it’s worth and when the marketting gets to cheezy in the face of cynical business practices then call bullshit :P

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urgan

It wasn’t just you.

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Targeter

Looks a lot like Destiny 1?

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Estranged

Much tighter on the graphics and production, not held back by legacy PS3 design.

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Targeter

Maybe? I mean, I dunno. There was a lot of stuff happening on-screen at once, which is good. But a lot of it just looked exactly like Destiny 1. It’s cool though, hope folks have fun with it.

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Jack Kerras

I wrote a much longer version of the following above:

New weapon types
No Special slots
Shotgun/Sniper joins Rocket Launcher/LMG in the Power slot
All classes have class-based abilities not affected by their archetype (all used to feel the same)
PvP focused on using T1 weapons and controlling T2 weapons in the form of Power ammo (instead of Shotguns/Snipers being basically unstoppable and ever-present)
Significant changes to known systems (Fist of Havoc lasts like Arc Blade used to, new talents, rebalanced class abilities)

There’s a lot of really different stuff here. It’s still the same (cool, well-designed, aesthetically-interesting) world, but the actual gameplay that happens within it depends strongly upon the basic game mechanics that go along with Bungie’s predictably excellent console-style FPSing, and there doesn’t appear to be a single one which they have not touched on.

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urgan

“Gameplay reveal”… which spends forever talking about obvious stuff we don’t care about without showing any gameplay.

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Estranged

They showed plenty of gameplay on the stream.

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urgan

Not for the first 45 minutes or so that I watched it

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Pandalulz

It started off from countdown with a game cinematic, that dropped into game play, then another cinematic before any humans ever even came on stage or said a word.

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Estranged

They played the entire first mission.

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