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

    
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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!

Shocking, I know:

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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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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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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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Estranged

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

:-)

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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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Dragon Whimsy

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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Malcolm Swoboda

I fully agree Meowth.

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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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Herro Mongorian

Must be why they called it Destiny 2!

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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.