The rumours were true: Destiny 2 is out September 8 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and, yes, even PC.
Master Race gamers: rejoice!
The news was revealed with a new CGI story trailer released overnight, giving us an insight into how the “last safe city on Earth” has fallen, with a new enemy, protected by the “Red Legion” elite army, occupying the region.
A hands-on gameplay stream is currently scheduled for May 18. Pre-ordering the game will also grant you access to the game’s open multiplayer beta.
Activision is looking to strengthen its relationship with Sony and PlayStation, offering up lengthy timed exclusives that continue to persuade gamers.
Activision lifted the lid off Destiny 2 earlier today, with a worldwide reveal trailer detailing the game’s story, characters and antagonists.
The trailer released earlier this week by the official Destiny YouTube channel doesn’t tell us much about exclusive content and DLC, but the same teaser on the official PlayStation YouTube channel appears to have opened the floodgates.
As was the case with the first game, Destiny 2 will have timed exclusive DLC coming to PlayStaton 4 first, with the teaser trailer revealing it will remain exclusive to the platform until “Fall 2018”.
That means that should Destiny 2 release in September 2017 as is expected, and DLC launches in the months after, Xbox gamers will need to wait almost a year to get their hands on it.
It would unlikely factor in expansions, but it’s a lengthy timed exclusivity deal nonetheless.
Bungie has spoken briefly about the game as well. Speaking earlier this month on its official blog, it detailed how it was approaching character creation and transfer.
“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,” the studio said.
In line with this vision, players will not be able transfer most of their personalised character over to the sequel.
“We believe this is the best path forward. It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past,” Bungie said.
So what does this mean, and what will you be able to carry over?
All power, possessions, currency, and Eververse items will not be able to be brought forward from Destiny to Destiny 2.
While Destiny will have its last ever live event — Age of Triumph — soon, with a reveal next Wednesday, Bungie insists that servers will stay active once Destiny 2 is released, so you’ll be able to return to the game and still access your character.
Interestingly, Bungie said that if you have achieved a Light Level of 20 and have completed the Black Garden story mission, you’ll be able to carry over your character personalisation, including class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections.