The first gameplay demo for Destiny 2 shows us the threat that Guardians will face later this year, but also teases the many ways we will fight back.
The Destiny 2 gameplay demo begins at the very start of the game in a mission titled Homecoming that involves an attack by the Cabal on the Last City. Caught in the thick of it, the player must push back the initial onslaught with the help of fellow Guardians before boarding one of the alien’s ships to take the fight to them.
The demo is played from the perspective of a Warlock class, but the other two classes also get to strut their stuff over the course of the mission. One of the first new abilities teased at the outset is a Void-based Titan subclass called the Sentinel which employs a shield that can be used for bashing enemies around or thrown like Captain America. A similar new ability is shown off for the Warlock in the form of a Solar sword called the Dawnblade, and combining this with the Hunter’s new Arc-based Arcstrider subclass (similar to the Guardian’s old Bladedancer subclass) has every Guardian rocking an elemental-based subclass that summons a weapon of extraordinary power.
Some other returning subclass abilities were teased in the presentation such as the Titan’s Fist of Havoc, the Hunter’s Golden Gun, the Warlock’s Nova Bomb, and more. At one point in the mission, the Warlock player appears to use an ability that boosts the damage for their equipped gun which is likely an addtional power found in the player’s new subclass. Some of these subclass abilities weren’t present in the gameplay demonstration, but can be seen in the game’s official gameplay trailer…
…or in the preceding cinematic trailer that provided a deeper look at the loss suffered by Guardians.
Subclass abilities aren’t the only method of dealing death in Destiny 2, and the gameplay reveal offered a healthy dose of new weapons coming in the sequel. Miniguns, grenade launchers, and (what looks to be) submachine guns are some of the new weapon types coming to the series. Changes to returning armaments were also shown off, such as a rocket launcher that could fire automatically. Weapons slots have been reworked into kinetic weapons, energy weapons, and power weapons in which players will get to enjoy a “pile” of new exotics.
Destiny 2 is slated to launch September 8th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version, as we recently learned, may release later than that.