Rumor: Destiny 2 leak hints at September 8 launch

    
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Legacy, indeed.

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.

For a game so close, it’s surprising how little we know. We do know having a loaded Destiny account won’t help you all that much in the sequel, but PC platform rumors are still unconfirmed.

Bungie’s playing it cool, however.

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mysecretid

The Destiny Collected Edition is about all I’ve been playing for the past month or so — something I never expected — so, sure, I’m interested in Destiny 2.

I am concerned about how publisher Activision might choose to monetize part two, only because the nominal cash shop in the first game is so very optional, I’d hate to see the next game swing to the other end of the spectrum, and suddenly monetize every possible pixel.

Also, as others have said, I’m also concerned that the basic Destiny 2 game might ship as the barest of playable frameworks, with everything worthwhile in terms of content and functionality to be sold later as DLC.

I have no specific evidence which makes me fear either of these situations in regard to Destiny 2 — only that both bad behaviors have been trending widely in games of late. The lure of the Dark Side (unmitigated greed) can be strong.

I came to the original Destiny very late in its current life cycle — with the collected edition, as mentioned, above — so, I have the best of everything right now where that game is concerned.

Not only is there a lot of playable content, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, there are also a lot of impressive automated game systems in place to make sure that players always have a choice of things to do in-game — even at max level, and even when all the story content has been played — beyond the usual grinding tedious group raids for supposedly “elite” gear, until one bleeds from the eyes.

As for whether Destiny is “true” MMORPG, it depends on what one’s definition of “true”, is suppose.

If I were to be asked, I’d say that the game is most correctly an MMORPG Lite ™. It borrows a lot of the basic gameplay structures from MMORPGs, to be sure, but it also leaves out a number of features traditionally associated with archetypal MMORPGs.

There is no “player economy”, for example. Gear and assets can be traded freely between your own characters,, by means of a shared bank, but there’s no buying and selling to other players.

While this might disappoint those who enjoy MMORPGs as a “fake-money billionaire simulator”, I’ve noticed some interesting side-effects to the lack of a player economy — for one thing, the rarity of certain items doesn’t get strangely inflated.

You want Cool Item X? Play the game and get it — you can’t just drop 40 million fake bucks on the player exchange and get it.

Perhaps related to this, I seem to see a lot more casual jump-in, jump-out teaming happening everywhere I go. There’s no real point to being a farmer of Cool Item X, so action sites are typically just players randomly coming together because they all want the item, rather than organized “farmers” aggressively trying to “dominate a resource”

So, yes, I think Destiny is an MMORPG at core, but it also shown me that not every MMORPG game necessarily needs every archetypal MMORPG feature to earn the name.

Besides, now that investors and game publishers are no longer dreaming erotic dreams of getting rich from World of Warcraft cloning, they’re no longer sticking the MMORPG label on any game they can, in the hopes of parting the unsuspecting from their money — so the whole debate over whether a game is a so-called “true” MMORPG is fast becoming irrelevant.

My opinions, anyway,

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enamel

I love this trend of announcing a game six months before release instead of a mega-hype cycle.

Never played the first one, but as someone that has hundreds of hours into Warframe, if there is a PC release, I am all in.

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Jack Pipsam

I won’t buy it at launch again, I made that mistake with the first.

Bungie I used to know is not the Bungie of now.

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Estranged

I’m not understanding the negative comments. How could we possibly know?

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drypulse

hopefully they’ll let me give them money this time around and release it on pc.

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Solaris

Strong rumors that this is definitely PC bound. I’ll buy Day 1.

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Crowe

I’ll buy the PC version on Day 1. Unless that Day 1 is multiple months after the console release. Then I’ll feel it will never get the attention it will need/demand. (much like the PC MMOs that make it to console in reverse!)

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mysecretid

I’m hearing strong rumors that Destiny 2 is indeed PC bound — but yesterday, I read that Bungie might do what Rockstar did with Grand Theft Auto V — namely, release the game on consoles first, and then follow with a PC version a little later.

Entirely possible, but nobody’s saying anything official yet that I’ve seen, so I guess we’ll know when we know.

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Richard de Leon III

Ill just stick with D1 for a while. Considering how lite the story is i doubt the successor will be any different at least during launch.

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medflash

If Bungie has been rushed to get Destiny 2 out of the door, then I have very little faith that this Destiny 2 will be anything worth playing. Get a skeleton of a game out the door and then charge us $30 for a bunch of small expansions is probably their plan.

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Cypher

Still don’t understand what all the fuss is about this game. Always though I’d get it when I eventually got round to getting a console after a self-enforced boycott – (both my ps3 and xb died within a year… yet I still have a working Megadrive – I believe y’all call it a Genesis?).

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Estranged

The fuss is because the combat is tight and the game is fun overall.

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chriskovo .

Who is going to buy this right off the bat? Didn’t anyone learn anything from the first one? Wait till all the dlc is out than buy the last version. Im sick of being milked by these people. Not to mention the initial release was so craptastic story wise, isn’t everyone worried that this one will be just as bad?

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Danny Smith

I would like it to be good but my hopes are extremely low.