Destiny 2 Gameplay Trailer Reveal And Release Date

Video game developer Bungie recently held a livestream event to unveil the gameplay of its highly anticipated online multiplayer FPS/RPG hybrid Destiny 2. During the mega event, which had around 430,000 viewers on Twitch at its peak, saw about 27 minutes of gameplay footage being revealed, which included a revamp of the weapons system, introduction of new subclasses and skills, new clans, planets, quests and raids. In addition, two different special editions and a beta version were also announced.

Before we go into the details, here are some quick facts:

Release date- September 8, 2017 (For PS4 and Xbox)

Formats- PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Price- Expected around $59.99

 Weapon Systems and Supers Have Been Revamped

A key highlight of the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal was the revamp of the weapon systems, as well changes in the Guardian sub-classes. We have an entire range of new, cool firearms such as grenade launcher, chaingun, hand canons, auto rifles, pulse rifles, and a really mean-looking fully automatic rocket launcher.

The weapon categories have also been redesigned from Primary, Special, and Heavy to Kinetic, Energy, and Power. You will also be able to carry the same kind of weapons in two slots, which means you can be equipped with two pulse rifles or grenade launchers at the same time.

Destiny 2 also has new Supers that are designed around a specific weapon and element. These are called Dawnblade, Sentinel, and Arcstrider that are solar, void, and arc based, respectively. Here is a lowdown on all three-

  • Dawnblade for Warlocks: You can float in mid-air on wings of fire with this solar sword as they throw out streaks of fire
  • Sentinels for Titans: Remember Captain America’s super-amazing shield? This is similar to that, staving off incoming fire and attacks through its impenetrable defense.
  • Arcstrider for Hunters: An electric infused staff that you can use to bash up people while you move from one place to another.

Four New Worlds

With Destiny 2, there are four new worlds to be explored and traversed. There are side missions, dungeons and certain areas known as ‘Lost Sectors’ that have rare loot which you can procure once you explore around and kill the boss. The worlds are more expansive than before and you can warp from one location to another without needing to go to orbit.

Here is a rundown on the four explorable areas:

  • EDZ (European Dead Zone): Located on Earth, EDZ is touted to be the largest location ever build by Bungie. It is essentially a wooded area having a large refugee camp for those trying to rebuild following the massive attack by the Cabal.
  • Titan: A huge ocean planet located on a moon of Saturn, Titan was once the ideal living world. Commander Zavala has now retired to this location for some deep thinking after the fall of The Tower. You can see no natural landmasses in this area and the only places that one can explore are establishments seemingly constructed by humans.
  • Nessus: No specific location was revealed for Nessus, but we know that it was a lush, prosperous planet that has been overrun and consumed by the Vex. A mechanical world now where an army of mechanical monsters run amok.
  • IO: During the golden age, IO, a sulfuric moon of Jupiter became the last place to receive The Traveler’s blessing. This is considered to be a sacred location for the Warlocks and has tons of mystery, lore, and information waiting to be explored and revealed.

New PvP Mode, Clans and Co-Ops

Another significant change in Destiny 2 has been the scaling down of the PvP (Player vs Player) mode, which will be now 4v4 from 6v6 previously, as well as the integration of clans and an LFG (looking for game) system. Yet another introduction is the new mode called ‘Countdown’ that is the series’ first attack/defend style game.

The clans and co-op system is also much better than before in Destiny 2. There are new Raids and Nightfalls, which have a social-focused approach to matchmaking called “Guided Games“, which is integrated well with the new clans system.

You can now form your clans in-game, customize banners and messages, view your clan’s roster, participate in challenges for rewards and also level up. Compare this with the original in which you merely had a name at the bottom corner of your characters, making it seem like a feature added as an afterthought.

The Crucible UI is way more informative, enabling you to track the enemy team’s Super status and special ammo.

PC Version Exclusively On Battle.Net

A major announcement made by Bungie during the event was that the PC version of Destiny 2 would run exclusively on developer Blizzards’ service- the same platform used by Blizzard for its games like Overwatch, Diablo III, and Hearthstone.

The console version of the game will have a framerate of 30 FPS (frames-per-second) while the PC version will have an unlocked framerate. An important point to note is that the release date of the PC version has not been decided yet.

According to Destiny 2 Director Luke Smith: ‘We’re not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we’re totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it’s a delicious piece of bread when it comes out.’

Beta Release Date

The beta version of Destiny 2 will be made available on PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer. Though what the beta may actually contain can be just speculated, but numerous comments from Bungie developers during the stream indicated that fans would soon get to experience the sequel soon. Maybe this means we will be able to play the Homecoming mission, The Inverted Spire strike or the new PvP Countdown mode pretty quickly? Yay to that!

Two Special Editions

Apart from the base game, a Limited and Collector’s edition of Destiny 2 will also be released, and as expected, they include a whole of perks and benefits to satisfy the most ardent fans.

The Limited Edition features the following:

  • Destiny 2 base game
  • Destiny 2 Expansion Pass
  • Limited Edition steelbook case
  • Cabal-themed Collector’s Box which includes- Booklet with secrets into the Cabal Empire, Cabal Schematic, Collectible Postcard Images, and Cabal Military Pawns
  • Premium digital content which has Legendary Sword, Legendary player remote, Cabal Empire-themed emblem

The Collector’s Edition comes with the following goodies:

  • Destiny 2 base game
  • Destiny 2 Expansion Pass
  • Destiny 2 Frontier Bag
  • Customizable bag that can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag
  • 15″ Laptop/Tablet Sleeve with protective pocket slip
  • Frontier Kit, featuring Solar panel USB charger with built-in light, Paracord, Solar blanket
  • Limited Edition steelbook case
  • Premium digital content
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