With Destiny 2‘s May 18th live event behind us, not to mention the months of avalanche-sized leaks, Destiny fans have a reasonably sound idea of what direction the sequel is heading in. With more gameplay footage and the inciting incidents of the story to go off of, we’ve compiled a guide to everything we do know, everything we’re confident we might know, and everything we desperately want to find out about Destiny 2.
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. Among the new content are Raids, cooperative strikes, Nightfall strikes, weapons, planets, additional Guardian subclasses, and multiplayer options.
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.
How are classes and subclasses different in Destiny 2? The first official gameplay video reveals players will have to start fresh with their Guardians in Destiny 2, but there are now new subclasses for each type to grow. The Titan Sentinel summons a Captain America-like shield for throwing or bashing, the Warlock Dawnblade summons a flaming sword that can rain energy down on enemies, and the Hunter Arcstrider uses a staff with elemental abilities. Returning subclass abilities like the Titan’s Fist of Havoc, the Hunter’s Golden Gun, and the Warlock’s Nova Bomb can also be seen, as well as new weapons like grenade launchers and miniguns to hopefully change up gameplay.
What other planets will Destiny 2 take place on? Rumors previously pointed 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. We now know four planets in the solar system will be explored, which are the European Dead Zone of Earth; one of Saturn’s moons, Titan; a Vex-occupied planetoid, Nessus; and Jupiter’s sulfuric moon, Io. Bungie stressed the idea of exploration will flow through the narrative and gameplay of Destiny 2 with these new places, all featuring various patrols, ambient encounters, and side missions known as Adventures. The maps for each planet have been updated as well, providing markers for public events, Adventures, and dungeons to explore, all with the handy new system of world jumping without having to go into orbit.
Will there be matchmaking for raids and other high-level content in Destiny 2? And what about clan support? Bungie revealed new raids, Nightfall missions, and Trials of Osiris will utilize team play in a new way. Clan support has been added in the sequel, which comes with in-game rosters, tools for building fireteams, and even the ability to create custom banners. In Bungie’s own spin on matchmaking, the new Guided Games system will also pull in solo players without a team to participate in these events, allowing them to cycle through the various clans looking for an extra member for a mission.
How will Destiny 2‘s Crucible be different? In one of the more drastic updates from the May 18th live event, we now know Destiny 2 is cutting down the player count for its PvP Crucible multiplayer. Bungie, in an effort to accommodate smaller teams and add more transparency, has announced the previous six player teams will now by 4v4 and the multiplayer HUD will now display which enemies have charged supers or heavy ammo.
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.”
The Basics (skip)
What systems will Destiny 2 be available on? Destiny 2 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Activision revealed the PC version will release exclusively on Blizzard’s Battle.net service. There is still no mention of a Nintendo Switch port in the reveal, but who knows what the future holds.
What is Destiny 2‘s release date? Destiny 2 is launching on September 8th worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, available in more regions than the previous installment. A release date for the PC version has yet to be determined, but will apparently be after the game comes to consoles.
Where can I see the newest trailers for Destiny 2? The latest gameplay reveal trailer, which sets up the game’s antagonist, Dominus Ghaul, reveals the Guardians have been stripped of their powers after Ghaul’s attack on the Tower. 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.
Where can we see gameplay for Destiny 2? Destiny 2‘s official gameplay reveal on May 18th showed off the beginning stage of the new story campaign, known as Homecoming, which involves an attack by the Cabal on the Last City.
What we think we know
What will the storyline be for Destiny 2? At the beginning of Destiny 2, Dominus Ghaul—the game’s new antagonist—attacks the Tower and strips Guardians of their powers in an attempt to harness the Light, scattering the Vanguards to far and distant worlds, and it’s up to you to retrieve them. However, 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. Where did the Cabal get enough strength to wage such an attack? What other enemy factions were involved? The list goes on.
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 and gameplay trailer both 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 other factions apart from the Cabal will the player fight in Destiny 2? It’d be reasonable to assume that remaining threats from the previous game—Fallen, Hive, and Vex—will make their grand return, but so far only the Vex have been officially shown. It would also 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.
Some of what we saw during the May 18th livestream reveal did appear to support this, with things like the addition of a full map during exploration and characters who give missions in the field during gameplay certainly pointing to a more open-world feel. Until we know for sure, however, we’re left to speculate. At least we can state with confidence that the game experience will be much more seamless in one way—you’ll no longer need to go to orbit every time you want to travel to a different planet or change activities.