Of course, Destiny 2 was already official for anybody who could read an investor call transcript. But now it’s officially official, as Bungie slipped a logo into its Twitter feed early this afternoon.
Reddit is buzzing this morning over posters uploaded across the internet that if legit — and they do look legit — seem to reveal a September 8th release date for Bungie’s Destiny 2.
That revelation comports with Activision-Blizzard’s last investor call in February, during which the companies said the game was on track for a fall 2017 rollout and would be catering to a “casual first-person experience.”
The posters also suggest a June beta. Is everyone excited about watching the world chase this game and hearing people fight over whether it’s an MMO? No? Yeah.
If you’ve invested hundreds of hours into Destiny so far, you may be experiencing a mix of anticipation and apprehension over this year’s sequel to the online shooter. What will happen to your precious character and all of that hard-won gear?
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: You won’t be able to carry over any of your gear, power, or items with you to Destiny 2 when it launches. The good news is that players will be able to import characters in to the sequel, as long as those characters have reached level 20 and done the Black Garden mission. There will also be some sort of “honors” awarded for accomplishments done in the first game.
Activision-Blizzard’s quarterly financial reports have gotten boring since the companies decided to stop reporting World of Warcraft subscribers in 2015, am I right?
But in this case, boring is good. ActiBlizz’s net revenues for Q4 2016 were up 42% year-over-year and 49% quarter-over-quarter, setting records for the company left and right.
Bobby Kotick praises Overwatch, the King acquisition, and e-sports in particular, but WoW was no slouch, seeing “an increase in total play time for the quarter, surpassing the Q3 expansion launch quarter and all non-launch quarters in the last four years.” Yep, more records.
Some big things are happening with Destiny. We already knew that Destiny 2 was on its way, and there’s the rumor that it’s coming to the PC as well as consoles. Activision has now also moved the Vicarious Visions studio to working on Destiny in an as-of-yet unspecified role. Vicarious Visions is best known for its work with the Skylanders franchise; the studio is also preparing a remastered Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation 4.
Meanwhile, players currently playing the game as it exists now will be dealing with another iteration of the game’s matchmaking system. The latest overhaul puts less weight on skill-based matching in favor of lower latency and filling out groups, so no one is left getting tossed into half-full matches. Of course, this means that you may wind up with players further outside of your skill window… so it’s still a work in progress. It remains to be seen how well this will play out.
PC players who have felt slighted over the past two years due to Destiny’s exclusive home on consoles could have a reason to break out of their depression and embrace the future. The rumor on the streets this week is that Destiny 2, which is currently in development, will be coming to the PC in addition to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Want more rumors about the project? Sure, we’ve got them. Allegedly, Activision’s Vicarious Visions working with Bungie on the project, the old version of which was scrapped for feeling too similar to the current iteration of Destiny.
The sequel will feel like a “completely different game” and utilize something called “play-in destinations” to help its game world feel more alive and interactive. There’s no word yet on what will happen with current Destiny characters with the sequel, although importing doesn’t look like it will happen. Destiny 2 is slated for a late 2017 release.
If you’re one of the many Destiny players hoping to see more of the planet Mercury, you may be in luck. Destiny was reportedly supposed to have more content on the planet Mercury, but in the end it got only limited content through the Trials of Osiris event. Anyone who achieves a perfect score of nine wins to zero losses in the Trials of Osiris will also be sent to a secret area on Mercury called The Lighthouse with some exclusive loot, but that’s as far as our exploration of the closest planet to the sun can go.
Tom Phillips over at Eurogamer has put together a rather convincing argument that the game’s upcoming sequel may heavily feature Mercury and quests given by the character Osiris. The argument is based on clues recently deposited in the main Destiny database and an old Reddit post (now deleted) containing other information that has since turned out to be true. A Mercury-based event called The Dawning is expected to hit the game in the next few weeks to reveal, and Destiny‘s sequel will reportedly be released around September this year.
Here’s an interesting peek into an alternate history: Destiny 2 was originally slated to come out in September 2015.
This harkens back to Bungie’s original plan to rollout a Destiny franchise. According to MCV, Destiny’s initial announced launch date was September 2013, with a sequel planned for exactly two years later.
Destiny was developed under the code-name Project Tiger with the aim of churning out sequels every two years through 2019, followed by an add-on content pack in 2020. Instead, Destiny came out in 2014 and is creating large DLC packs including this month’s The Taken King. It’s unknown if Bungie is still planning on a follow-up to the title.