Destiny has pretty remarkable legs for a two-year old game. Players continue coming back to Bungie’s online loot-and-shooter thanks to continued updates adding new features and robust expansions like The Taken King and Rise of Iron. At this point, though, many fans are anxious for what’s coming next, Destiny 2.
While Bungie and Activision have kept fairly tight-lipped about the details — not surprising given the continued support and thriving player base for the original — tidbits of information have still found their way into the wild. They point to a sequel that sees Earth and the legendary Guardians who protect it in great peril.
Thanks to Activision Blizzard’s 2016 fourth quarter earnings report, we know the publisher plans to launch the sequel in 2017, and that there’s a post-launch content plan already in place. Although nothing is official, an Italian retail leak suggests will be called Destiny 2, and will launch this fall. We’d used that name for some time as a placeholder, but now we have reason to believe that it’s the actual title.
Here is everything we know about Destiny 2.
Get ready to “fall” into Destiny 2
As we mentioned above, it’s an increasingly safe bet that the sequel to Destiny will be called Destiny 2, and will launch September 8, 2017. Photos of a poster for the game, reportedly shipped to an Italian GameStop, have surfaced online. The poster confirms the name and release date, and reveals that developer Bungie will launch a public beta prior to launch.
Multiple news outlets, including Eurogamer and Kotaku, have reported that the poster is legitimate. Eurogamer added that the beta is expected launch in June on PS4, and may come to other platforms at a later time. The original Destiny launched in September 2014, and if you trace Bungie’s history, the last time a Bungie developed game arrived outside of the month of September was Halo 2 in 2004, so a September 8 launch would be par for the course for Bungie.
Though Bungie and Activision had originally intended to release a proper sequel to Destiny in 2016 — the two companies created a 10-year plan for the franchise, which came to light prior to the first game’s release — the franchise has officially gone off-script. During Activision Blizzard’s Q4 2016 earnings report, the publisher confirmed reports that Destiny 2 is on track to launch in 2017.
Start from scratch, pretty much
Players will be able to transfer their characters from Destiny to the sequel, at least on a visual level. Destiny characters will carry over to Destiny 2 as long as they meet certain criteria, Bungie said in a March, 2017 blog post. Your character must be at least level 20 and have completed the Black Garden mission — the final mission of the base game — to make the jump.
However, only character personalization traits such as class, race, and physical appearance will transfer, from Destiny to the sequel. Besides a familiar looking hero, expect to start from scratch.
“Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more,” Bungie said. “This led us to a decision that would enable us to serve both the game and the player’s best interests: Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward. They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1.”
Presumably, this means that even when you transfer a character to Destiny 2, you can still play as that character in the original with all of your gear intact.
If it’s any consolation, Bungie said it plans to give seasoned players “honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.”
Life on Mars
According to that same Kotaku report, Destiny 2 may feature some missions on Mars. Bungie reportedly removed an entire section of The Taken King set on the red planet, which featured a new public area and raid. Though the Kotaku report did not assert that this will definitely make it into the new game, other reports on the game’s development have suggested that Bungie did something similar with The Taken King.
Meanwhile, industry insider “shinobi602,” who previously revealed the existence of games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and the upcoming God of War, claimed in a post on the forum NeoGAF that the game’s sequel will take players to Saturn — an area that will be larger than all previous play areas put together.
Kotaku also reported that a second developer, High Moon Studios, may be producing this whole section of the game. High Moon, known for its Transformers games as well as Deadpool, has been a part of the Destiny machine for more than a year now, but Activision has never clarified the exact extent of the studio’s contribution. A separate Kotaku report also claims that developer Vicarious Visions will also be involved with the project in some capacity.