Destiny 2‘s massive reveal and an equally large avalanche of leaks has given Destiny fans a reasonably sound idea of what direction the sequel is heading in. We still don’t know for sure what gameplay will be like—or the full extent of the story—but everything we do know, everything we’re confident we might know, and everything we desperately want to find out about Destiny 2 is right here.
What we know we know
What is Destiny 2? Destiny 2 will follow on as a direct sequel from the original Destiny. A Cabal attack on the Last City by the new leader Ghaul has left everything in ruins, forcing the Guardians to take up yet an even more dire fight for survival. According to developers, the sequel will be more of everything that hardcore fans loved about the first game while also being more accessible to new players.
Where can I see the trailer for Destiny 2? The main reveal trailer depicts Hunter Cayde-6 and other Vanguards as they rally Guardians to defend the city, but Cayde also starred in an earlier teaser that prepared fans for the big reveal.
What systems will Destiny 2 be available on? Destiny 2 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. There was no mention of a Nintendo Switch port in the reveal, but who knows what the future holds.
When will Destiny 2 release? Destiny 2 is launching on September 8th worldwide, available in more regions than the previous installment.
What is Destiny 2‘s DLC plan? Destiny 2 is launching with two full expansions scheduled, available through the game’s expansion pass or individually. Exact details on the two announced expansions have yet to be revealed, but images associated with the expansions may have teased plot details involving the banished Osiris and the Russian Warmind Rasputin respectively. More expansions may follow later down the line.
Will Destiny 2 have timed exclusive content on PlayStation platforms like the first Destiny? Activision has confirmed PlayStation players will get exclusive content for Destiny 2, with the timed exclusivity lasting until fall 2018. We don’t yet know what the content will be, but the publisher claims it will discuss it more this summer.
Will Destiny 2 launch with any special editions? There are three special editions available for the game at launch, each containing the game’s expansion pass among other bonuses. The three editions are the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Limited Edition, and the Collector’s Edition, and the contents for all three can be checked out on the official Destiny website. Fans can also enjoy a special Cayde-6 figurine by pre-ordering from Gamestop.
When will support for the original Destiny end? The developers have not offered any hard date, but Destiny players can take solace in the fact that support for the original game is not ending any time soon. According to Bungie, support for the first Destiny will continue “for the foreseeable future.”
When can we see gameplay for Destiny 2? Destiny 2‘s official gameplay reveal is set for May 18th. That’s when fans will see how the series has evolved from the debatably repetitious gameplay of the original. Little is currently known about what’s in store, although recently leaked Destiny 2 Mega Bloks sets that accurately predicted the Cabal’s attack also hinted at the first opportunity for players to drive a Goliath tank.
Will our Guardians carry over to Destiny 2? Any quantifiable progress players made with their Guardians will be reset in Destiny 2. Assuming players beat the campaign and reached level 20 with their characters in the original Destiny, cosmetic choices will carry. Weapons and gear, however, will be stripped away, which the narrative attributes to the attack on the Last City destroying it all.
What we think we know
Who is making Destiny 2? We know that the majority of the team at Bungie is working on Destiny 2, but Vicarious Visions—previously known for their work on Skylanders—has also recently joined the project. In addition, rumors are claiming that High Moon Studios (Deadpool) have also joined in on the titles development.
Will microtransactions continue in Destiny 2? With the success of Silver—Destiny‘s premium currency that costs real-world money—we’d be shocked if microtransactions ceased to exist in Destiny 2. The Eververse Trading Company seems here to stay.
Will Destiny 2 have split-screen? We’re banking on no. The demands put on the consoles already to deliver high-quality graphics are too much to split the screen. We would assume it would cause an Xbox or PlayStation to explode under the stress, and the recent confirmation of a PC version all but guarantees no such feature will be there.
What characters are returning in Destiny 2? The sequel’s reveal trailer already confirmed that the three class Vanguards would be leading the charge against the Cabal’s occupation of the city, but recent rumors have suggested other familiar faces will also reappear. The Queen of the Reef, Mara Sov, is expected to play a bigger role in the sequel, as is the Exo Stranger.
Will Destiny 2 feature seasonal events like the original Destiny‘s The Dawning event? The seemingly reliable leak that surfaced earlier this year claimed that Destiny 2 would feature an event every one to two months. These scheduled events would be similar to those conducted by Overwatch, where new narrative paths and gameplay mechanics would be consistently introduced.
Will the Iron Banner return in Destiny 2? The Iron Banner was a monthly competitive multiplayer event in the first Destiny that factored in player stats, meaning Guardians had to bring their best gear to the fight. There has yet to be a mention of the mode for the sequel, but considering it was one of the original game’s most popular attractions, it will likely show up again in one form or another.
What we still want to know
What will the storyline be for Destiny 2? Fans now know the initial premise for Destiny 2, but events that transpire beyond the fall of the Last City are still unclear. There are many mysteries within the Destiny universe that remain unsolved- such as who is the Traveler and why is it here—but that’s far from the only question we’re left with. How will the city’s fall effect the Guardians’ ability to retaliate? Where did the Cabal get enough strength to wage such an attack? What other enemy factions were involved? The list goes on.
What other planets will Destiny 2 take place on? Rumors are currently pointing at a lot of Destiny 2 taking place on Mars and on Saturn’s ring. There was a lot of Mars content that was supposed to drop with The Taken King expansion that never appeared. It’s absence makes us think it was pushed back to Destiny 2, much as how a lot of content for Destiny was pushed back for The Taken King. The evolution of the Cabal faction as the game’s most immediate threat also supports the theory that Mars will be a focus, considering it is the Cabal’s operating base.
Additionally, the rumor mill is whispering that High Moon Studios has come on board, and have been put to task on delivering the entirety of Saturn. The map size of the Saturn area is also rumored to be bigger than all previous play areas combined. This sounds a little too good to be true to us, so we’re staying skeptical.
Will there be new classes or subclasses in Destiny 2? One would assume that, with a sequel, some sort of new class would be added. Based on the reveal, however, it would appear that only the three classes from the previous game are making a return. Only the three original class Vanguards were present in the reveal trailer which serves as additional evidence that no new classes will join the fray.
Without new classes, we have to assume that new subclasses will at least be present. Rejected character concept art previously showed off the game’s three classes with old, nordic weaponry- Titan with a shield, a Warlock with a lance, and a Hunter with a sword- which would be a cool way to shift the game and fit into its fantasy sci-fi blend.
What other factions apart from the Cabal will the player fight in Destiny 2? Presumably, the remaining threats from the previous game—Fallen, Hive, and Vex—will make their grand return, and it would be surprising if other enemies from the game’s expansions didn’t show up as well. The Taken seem like a particularly safe assumption, as previous leaks suggest that the sequel will focus heavily on the events following the first game’s The Taken King expansion.
In the name of innovation, the sequel will assuredly introduce new threats to the world, but fans are currently in the dark about what they might be apart from some teases in the reveal trailer of large dog-lizard beasts. Speaking of the dark, perhaps this ambiguous Darkness that has been chasing the Traveler around will finally show its amorphous face.
Will some of Destiny 2‘s social arenas be connected by open-worlds? The source on this is not quite reliable enough to put it in the “Think We Know” section, but one leak claimed that the game would feature a “seamless open-world with accessible cities“, suggesting a much more flexible open-world than before. It’s certainly enough to get us wondering.