It was a little hard to figure out where Destiny 2 was headed over the last few months. They seemed to be locked into a business model that wasn’t quite working, Bungie had split with Activision, and the game appeared to be bleeding players. Today, on their livestream, Bungie revealed the moves they are making to secure the future of Destiny. If I am honest, this is maybe the first time I have been excited about Destiny in a while. It was hard not to be worried about where the game was headed, but today’s stream showed us that Bungie has a clear vision about what they want to do in the game. And, dare I say it, the people in the video seemed to be genuinely happy about the things they were talking about.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
Shadowkeep is the new expansion for Destiny 2 that will be arriving later this year. It will feature a return to the Moon, and battling the Hive there. The Darkness itself is bringing back old foes that we have already vanquished, so prepare to do battle with the likes of Crota all over again. The expansion will feature new missions and quests, a new destination and dungeon, new armor and weapons, a new Raid, a season pass for the new Season of the Undying and more. Eris Morn also returns, which is nice because she was also one of the more interesting characters in the game, even if she is a little loopy.
The playable area on the Moon is also going to increase, clocking in at twice the size of the map from Destiny 1. Crucible is also getting a major rethink, with the devs wanting to add back some of the shine that many people feel has been lost. Older maps and modes will be returning, including maps from Destiny 1. Shadowkeep will also introduce melee finishers, which will add a nice touch of flare to slapping something to death.
There will be a whole new Mod and Artifact system, and it also appears that there is a strong chance that a Transmog system will be introduced to the game. Armor Perks are being revamped, as they just don’t feel all that impactful right now, and Bungie made a huge point about how they are just embracing the idea that Destiny will work better with heavy RPG and MMO influences. I don’t think they are wrong about this. There seems to be a huge amount of changes coming to how the game actually plays with Shadowkeep.
For people who do not own the base game, if you pre-order on PS4 or Xbox One you will receive Destiny 2, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind to be playing today. The expansion will release on September 17 for all platforms.
Destiny 2: New Light
Destiny 2 is getting a new base version, called Destiny 2: New Light, that will be available to all players on all platforms as a free-to-play game. The new version features a retooled beginning set in the Cosmodrome and will feature reworked access to content so that new players don’t have to grind their way into all the games activities. Bungie has said they want it to feel as if the start of the game is the endgame. This is one of the most exciting things about Destiny’s future. Getting new people in to play the game was hard when they were locked out of everything their friends wanted to do in the game. Hopefully, this helps the community grow, and new Guardians prosper.
Destiny 2 On PC
Destiny 2 on PC will be moving to Steam, and from September 17 that will be the home of the Destiny community on the platform. All progress will come with you, so you don’t need to worry about losing access to anything. Bungie has advised that moving over will be a pretty simple process, and they hope to bring us more information in the future.
Destiny 2 On Stadia
Destiny 2 will be coming to Stadia, Google’s new streaming platform. People who purchase the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition will actually get the game for free. Stadia is a cloud-based game streaming service that is launching later this year and will allow you to play games up to 4K and 60FPS on your device of choice.
Destiny 2 Cross Save
A hugely exciting feature for players, Cross-Save is coming to all platforms and will allow you to move your Guardians between platforms. This has been asked for by the community for years, so finally getting to see it is fantastic news.
No More Exclusive Content
The idea of exclusive content for different platforms is now a thing of the past, as all players will have access to all weapons, activities, and armors regardless of where the play. This was another aspect of Destiny I, and many other, players just didn’t like and getting to watch it die feels great.