Hello, everybody! Excited about Destiny 2? Well, the launch is September 6th! The online servers will go live at midnight East Coast time in the US!
Destiny 2 is the sequel to the original Destiny that came out for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 in 2014. It was such a big deal because it was the first new console franchise for Bungie since Halo. It also marks the first game in a ten-year agreement between Bungie and Activision. So we can expect more games at least until 2024.
Destiny (the original) is a first person shooter where you played as a Guardian, who is a protector of the last safe city in a futuristic Earth. Guardians have a power called Light, to use against the alien races who attack the city. There are a couple multiplayer options. One is a shared world idea that has some aspects of a role-playing game. There are two main styles of game-play which are player versus player (PvP) and player versus environment (PvE). There is a story mode, several types of PvE and PvP games. There are even public events in the free roam patrol mode of the game.
Destiny 2 is much the same as the original. It’s again a first-person shooter that also blends elements of MMOs (massively multiplayer online game) and RPGs (role-playing game). One new aspect of Destiny 2 that wasn’t in the old one is being able to search for clans who might need additional people to perform missions. Destiny 2 takes place one year after Destiny: Rise of Iron, a significant expansion of the original Destiny. With this story line, you will need to find new powers and fight to win back the Last City. Here is a trailer:
That trailer reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy, with its style of humor and similar science fiction genre. Bungie also made a live-action trailer with real actors and everything. Which, I have to post as well since it’s a pretty rare occurrence to get a live action trailer for a video game.
Hope that action packed, Beastie Boy ingrained video got your blood pumping because like I said, the release is September 6th!! However, if you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can go pre-load the game right this minute. It still won’t unlock until midnight ET for the US, but you will be all set and ready to go once that witching hour strikes. No long midnight release lines at game stores are necessary.
Now, Destiny 2 is indeed also coming out for Windows. However, PC gamers will have to wait all the way until October 24 to get the game! So cruel!
With the Xbox and PlayStation releases so soon, Bungie has shared some more information about the release. The Nightfall Strikes will be available right away. The Raid, however, doesn’t begin until September 13th 1 PM Eastern Time. Trials will be available September 15th at 1 PM Eastern Time.
Now, I mentioned the ability to look up guilds to join in missions. This is called the Guided Games system and will not be available until September 12th at 1 PM Eastern Time. However, not every player will be able to seek out clans to team up with. They are referring to the launch of the Guided Games system as a “soft beta.” All clans will be able to participate, but only 30-50% of players will be given “seeker” access. The final percentage will depend on how many clans are participating. September 26th at 1 PM Eastern Time Bungie plans to allow 100% of players seeker access, anticipating there will be enough clans to match with players.
With all that information delivered to you, I’d like to share ways you can enjoy the release of Destiny 2. If you aren’t familiar with the original Destiny’s full story-line, or maybe need a refresher course, then you can check out the 90-minute lore video. Yes, it is long, and it is very informative. It tells you everything you may want or need to know about the story line from Destiny 1’s backstory through to Destiny 2:
Another fun way to enjoy the launch is by checking out IGN’s live stream. As soon as the game goes live, September 6th midnight ET, they will live stream as they start the story mode. There are several ways to watch this. One is on their site, specifically at http://www.ign.com/live. IGN will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.
The final way to enjoy the launch that I’m going to share with you is to check out the leaked info. There is knowledge of sub-classes, weapons, exotics, armor, and more. If you are interested in reading about those, then you should check out this article at PC Gamer. Don’t read the article if you want everything to be a surprise!
If you are getting the game what system are you planning to use? There is a debate going on about that. Some say the PC version has such amazing graphics that you just have to play the game on it. However, the game is made for console and coming out over a month earlier than on PC. There are also the arguments that the PC isn’t the best platform for a fast paced first-person shooter and that cheating is more likely on PC. I say play on whatever you have, haha. Most of us pour all our money into just one platform anyway–whether PC, PS4, or Xbox–so our options are limited.