It’s official, fellow Guardians! Destiny 2 is coming this September 8th to PlayStation 4, Xbox One – and finally, for the first time – PC! Serving as a quasi-relaunch of the brand, the sequel to Bungie’s mega-popular-but-disappointing sci-fi shooter aims to deliver on the story front this time around and with new content in a far more efficient manner than its prototype-esque predecessor.
While publisher Activision has held back on revealing actually details on gameplay and offerings, pre-orders are already open including bundles that come with the obligatory ‘expansion pass’ for the first two Destiny 2 DLC add-ons.
Bungie and Activision may not be revealing what they’re selling to gamers just yet but another leak may provide the answers fans are looking for. Much like retailers revealed the Destiny 2 poster and release date before the marketing machine was ready, so too have retailers leaked the expansion schedule, the following of which is a snippet from a document that surfaced on Reddit and Imgur:
The Destiny 2 Expansion Pass includes reservations for both EXPANSION I and EXPANSION II, which will be released in Winter 2017 and Spring 2018, respectively. The Expansions offer brand new story missions, co-operative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armour, and gear.
The first DLC comes before the end of the year in time for the holidays and the second in Spring 2018. After that we can assume another pass or package will become available for sale for summer and fall 2018 expansions. The structure and release schedule is the same as Destiny 1 and no titles have been revealed yet. We can only hope both come with raids and that the base game ships with more than just one so players don’t have to grind through one end-game event for months on end. The prospect of starting from scratch with all-new gear, weapons, and abilities after that Bungie learned over the last few years is very exciting.
For the most hardcore of fans, there’s even more to be excited about. Another document, this one coming from a GameStop employee, reveals that Bungie and Activision are planning their own Destiny fan event, something Activision has done twice for their Call of Duty series (with COD XP), something Minecraft and EVE Online do as well with annual events.
Hello again, GameStop!
In 2014, we launched Destiny on its voyage through our solar system. What began was a brand new adventure into a brave new world for Bungie has evolved to become a global phenomenon. For our first steps in the Cosmodrome to an age of Triumph and remembrance, you have been our finest ally.
Now, we stand at the threshold of an entirely new journey. This year, we’ll be introducing players to Destiny 2. Our goal is to take one of the biggest new video game franchise launches in the history of our industry and follow up it with a sequel worthy of the world we created. We’re gearing up to make this the largest entertainment launch of this year. To achieve success, well need your help.
Destiny 2 is a new beginning. Everything about the game that has been entertained million of players will be bigger and better. Returning players will find a world that leads them faster into the actions and equips with new awesome rewards. New players will have an easier time discovering the fun that has made Destiny a legendary age and making the friends that will keep the rooted int the finest community in gaming. More than ever, this will be a game where friendships are made.
We’re telling a new story about the Guardians and their battle to defend their home. Favorite characters are set to return, and players will meet new heroes on their next voyage. The action will explode across a cinematic campaign that will lead players to new worlds and back home again.
All year long, we’ll be revealing new threats, new places to explore, and new ways for Guardians to fight. Our first destination will be our own event dedicated to Destiny, where we’ll unveil our bold plans for the future. We can’t wait to share the details with our community and begin a conversation that will welcome new players to join them.
As always, players who pre-order Destiny will be rewarded. A figurine of Cayde-6, everyone’s favorite Hunter, will stand proudly on the shelves of our player. A pre-order of Destiny 2 will also grant players early access to a Beta* to be held later on this year.
It’s an exciting time for us. We hope you’re excited too. We’ll see you soon as we travel the world to talk about Destiny 2.
Ignore the first three years of Destiny. It seems the “10-year plan” actually begins this September!