Activision and Bungie have released that, indeed, Destiny 2 is set to release this year. Timing-wise, they have no set release date for the title. They only hope that the game will be out by the holiday season, meaning by the end of the year. According to reports from Activision’s earnings call, the release of Destiny 2 is going smoothly. The game is planned to have a story with new characters, and with that, I’m assuming new gear. This may prove saddening for some players. Gear in Destiny is like money in life. You need it to upgrade and it takes a long time to get (I thought I would never get my high light level gear). Players will now have to grind on Destiny 2 for their new gear. Unless of course, the developers change the leveling system.
For comparison’s sake, I hope that the story that the developers are producing for Destiny 2 will be more interactive than its predecessor’s. What I mean by this is that the story should be malleable and connect to certain missions differently. In the first Destiny, players found themselves farming by playing the same levels over and over. There needs to be more diversity in the gameplay from the gecko, not the promise of DLC’s to make up for the gap. All I’m saying here connects with the estimated release date given by Activision and Bungie. According to original reports from Jason Schreier of Kotaku, if Bungie fails to release Destiny 2 by the end of the year then Activision would retain a large portion of Bungie’s stock. But new reports say: “Bungie has denied that this is the case.”
Bungie stepping up and saying that they will have no repercussions if they miss the end of the year release date is great news. It means that their game won’t be rushed into the final stages of development. In Destiny 1, many story lines and features that had been planned to included with the release of the game were left out of the finished product. Fans definitely don’t want the same thing happening to Destiny 2, as no one really wants to wait another 3 years for a complete game to be released. That was the case for Destiny 1 and its DLCs (release in 2014, The Taken King in 2015, Rise of Iron in 2016). But with Bungie saying that they won’t be punished if they miss their deadline is a refreshing piece of information. It means that they’re confident with all the development that’s gone into the game already and that the holiday season is an accurately estimated release date.
Destiny 1 is scheduled for a spring update, with no new DLCs being released. I’m assuming that when the update is revealed and released, there will be more new information regarding the sequel. News as of now, a financially based rumor had thrown off fans and reporters. They were misled to believe that Bungie and Activision were heading down the same road as Destiny 1. Luckily Bungie denied that any such agreement between them and Activision existed. Instead, I’m left with the understanding that Activision and Bungie are working hard to ensure that this game is a sequel that’ll stand on its own. Hopefully, it’s more–and we’re given the holy grail of everything Destiny.
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