Hints From The Destiny 2 Trailer You May Have Overlooked

The City has fallen, the Guardians have scattered, and all of our stuff exploded. That’s the gist of what we saw in the Destiny 2 trailer last week.

I’ve watched it a few times over now and have noticed things I didn’t really catch on my first look through of the trailer. Here are some of the things you may have missed and some painfully obvious things we know about the trailer so far.

The City And Traveler Do Not look Too Hot

The City is in bad shape, but heck, humanity (and blue humans and robots) have bounced back from cataclysms in the past. The really concerning part here is the current state of The Traveler. That mysterious orb is filled with a nightmarish glow that suggests it’s burning from the inside. But look at the way the whole thing is pulsing rhythmically, on and off. Almost like the Traveler has finally awoken from its long sleep. Boy, what a way to wake up that would be.

The Tower Is In Pieces, But It Isn’t Gone

Zavala refers to the Tower as being destroyed, and for the Guardians’ purposes, that’s likely true. It’s been severely damaged. But you can see the structure is still standing behind his right shoulder when he’s making his speech. Just enough left to turn it into a Strike or Raid location, don’t you think? It would be a chilling thrill to go guns-up in the formerly peaceful environment where so many of us danced away the hours in the original Destiny.

The Cabal Have Upgraded

The Cabal is sporting some new gear and troops. First up is this Phalanx with an upgraded, expanding shield. It’s flashy, but it doesn’t look like it actually provides more protection than the current solid version. The two Cabal to the left seem to have the same shield in an unexpanded state. The implication here is that Phalanxes will still be able to “turtle up” by deploying their shields, but they may not be able to move while doing so. Their gigantic shields and plodding advance make Phalanxes one of the least-fun enemy types to fight in the current game so that change would be very welcome. But who is that with the two glowing swords in the background? It’s this giant lunk, or one of its pals.

That’s the Cabal’s new melee enforcer. Weighing in at roughly 500 tons and wielding two glowing-hot swords, this thing is going to get in your face and try to chop it off. And there’s still another unit type for close encounters of the canine kind. They’re a lot more spiky and red than Earth dogs, but you get the idea. Looks like these will fill the rushdown harasser role that Cabal Psions only sorta-covered before. Between them and the sword-wielding brutes, the Cabal will be a major hazard from short-to-medium range.

Ghaul Is Probably Going To Be The New Raid Boss

The leader of the attack on the City is named Ghaul (not Gary) and you are so going to kill him. But it won’t be an easy fight. Just look at this guy. The Cabal tend toward more utilitarian armor designs than pretty much everybody else in Destiny (especially Guardians), but Ghaul looks like five offensive linemen stuffed full-to-bursting into a suit of knight’s armor (I’m pretty sure I fought his slightly-less-beefy cousin in Quake). He must have done something really nasty to earn all that ornamentation. The only question is whether Destiny 2 will save Ghaul for a Raid boss or if we’ll get to fight him throughout the campaign, like we did with Oryx in The Taken King.

The Vault May Not Be Forever Lost

All that loot gone, like tears in the rain… Don’t fret about never seeing your favorite Exotics again, though. There’s something magic in those guns and gear, so I’m sure they’ll find their way back to us somehow. My bet? Destiny 2 will start off with almost no recurring gear from the first game, then will steadily drip-feed in old favorites as the updates roll on.

Familiar Faces Missing

The trailer has speaking roles for all three Vanguards – Zavala, Cayde-6, and Ikora Rey. You can also see Crucible showrunner Lord Shaxx in the background during Zavala’s speech. There’s some speculation that the hooded figure standing next to Shaxx is Xur, the enigmatic space merchant, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a Hunter with their hood up – Xur doesn’t really wear armor like that.

That leaves a lot of major characters unaccounted for. It’s never good when Eris Morn, the Darkness-tainted Guardian, leaves your sight for long. And were normal humans like shipwright Amanda Holliday and emblem dispenser/official Guardian grandma Eva Levante able to escape the Tower before it was destroyed? The answers don’t seem to be in this trailer, unfortunately.

Civilians Exist Now

The Guardian support staff are unaccounted for but other civilians may take their place. This trailer is the first time we’ve actually seen the normal people we fight to protect, and now they’re returning the favor. Previous reports have indicated that Destiny 2 will have a more open-world structure with players moving between multiple hubs to receive quests and restock, and this may be a hint at the expanded role of non-Guardians in the game.

Destiny 2 Story Trailer Released. Will Make The Jump To PC

Earlier this afternoon, Bungie released the official story trailer for Destiny 2 after a teaser trailer earlier this week with fan favorite Cayde-6 giving you a quick summary of what happened at the tower while enjoying a drink in the middle of a battle zone.

The new trailer shows the Cabal are back and looking even more intimidating and even bringing new monsters with them. The enemies of the guardians have destroyed the tower, vault and everything that earth had left and have driven the towers vanguard and civilians and to the ruins of the city and the outskirts in the forests looking to tend to their wounds and regroup to make a push to get their city and tower back. Here is the video below

Destiny 2 will release on September 8. The sequel will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and the big news is now it will be available on PC. An open beta for the sequel will be coming later this year and the game is now available for preorder . The announcement came as part of the game’s official reveal trailer. Bungie will also reveal the first gameplay for the sequel during a live stream on May 18. Destiny 2 will mark the first time the series is available on PC, corroborating previous reports.

A Destiny 2 expansion pass will also be available for purchase separately and as part of the digital deluxe edition of the game. It will include access to the two major expansions, which will include “brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.”

Destiny 2 pre orders are now available for Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and along with the existence of two expansion passes. The Collector’s Edition includes the following content and items for $249.99 USD.

81QvGxJ4J3L._AC_SL1500_-720x405

Destiny 2 Officially Announced

Bungie has officially confirmed that Destiny 2 is finally on its way with a brand new logo. Unfortunately, that’s all the news we’ve been given for now, so we’re still hoping for that September 8 all-important but very unofficial release date.

Last week, a poster for the upcoming sequel was leaked online suggesting an autumn drop. There’s no confirmation yet as to its veracity, but it looks pretty legit. And if September is too long for you to wait, then we have some good news: a beta version of the game is said to be arriving exclusively on PS4 some time in June.

Bungie recently revealed what features from the first title fans can expect to see in the follow-up. Describing it as the start of a new adventure, the company said that they wanted to serve both the game and the player’s best interests.

Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward,” Bungie also revealed. “They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1“.

Back in February, Activision announced the scope of the series’ new title in its financial call, claiming that Destiny 2 will broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.

Bungie Launches Age Of Triumph Trailer. Shows Off New Armor And Old Weapons.

The final update for Destiny goes live on March 28, and includes all sorts of things to earn just for replaying all the raids. It also includes the largest Record Book to date, the new Daybreak Nightfall modifier, and more.

Players will complete new and old quests and replay story missions in heroic mode on a weekly playlist, earn emblems, participate in raids with challenge modes, earn new gear and adept raid weapons. There are 16 of the latter which can be earned when completing challenges in the featured raids. All of the raids now include a 390 light heroic mode, and Vault of Glass and Crota’s End have been enhanced with new boss challenges. A weekly featured raid has been added and will activate all challenges for the selected raid and provide the best rewards.

Raids now offer max level gear and new ornaments and once the weekly featured raid is completed, players will earn mastery tokens for raid ornaments. Blue flames also return for who completed the weekly Nightfall strike. Players will also earn, or can buy, the new treasure of ages loot box which contains either new items or every Eververse item to date. The boxes will also contain the new Age of Triumph armor and new shaders, and new weapon ornaments.

Hopefully, all of this will hold you over until Destiny 2 arrives, reportedly on September 8. Nothing as been confirmed by Bungie on that end obviously, but it hasn’t officially denied the contents of the rumored leak from this morning. Here is the image of the possible advertisement poster.

destiny_2_poster_leak_italian_crop_1-600x291

 

 

Destiny 2 Will Be Full Reset

This won’t make the dedicated Destiny community that grinded on Mars for Relic Iron for 4 hours a day in year one mad at all… SURPRISE! SARCASM!

Destiny developer Bungie has officially announced that the decision has been made: Destiny 2 will in fact be a full reset. This means pretty much everything will be locked into the original Destiny, including Light level, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency. Oh boy.

The only thing that will carry over into Destiny 2 are the character personalizations that fans have created for the original game. That specifically means the class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections for all characters will carry over. This will only occur as long as that character has hit Level 20 and completed the original campaign’s last Black Garden story mission.

Veterans who have collected a Vault full of their favorite weapons and gear will have to leave them behind when it comes to Destiny 2, Bungie says it plans to award the accounts of veteran players “with honors that reflect their Destiny 1 accomplishments.” Bungie told fans that this decision is for the best.

The game is being kept tightly under wraps so far, but Activision has said the game features a cinematic story with a memorable cast of characters. Plus, it is “still on track”, according to Activision, for a release by the end of this year. Before that full release, Bungie also announced that one more content update, Age of Triumph, will come to Destiny. The developer will reveal more during the month of March, with Age of Triumph launching in late March.

Destiny 2 Will Be Out In 2017 According To Activision.

Yesterday, Activision stated that Destiny 2 is “going great,” and that the game will have a “cinematic story and relatable characters,” as well as being accessible to new players.

Bungie and Activision have come under scrutiny from its fans for the past couple of years due to the lack of content and story depth. Although the game has done relatively well since it’s release in 2014, the micro transactions and reselling of the game with all the DLC on the game, allowing players that just purchased the game to catch up to gamers that have been grinding since day one, have made the community look towards other games.

The weapon balance and PvP servers also have been criticized as Bungie would nerf and boost weapon damage to the point where the inconsistencies in matches were almost unbearable.

If Bungie does miss the fall 2017 release window, there will be consequences.

“If Bungie misses this year for Destiny 2, Activision is awarded a hefty chunk of the independent studio’s stock, according to two sources familiar with goings-on at Bungie,” he said. “Bungie employees’ stock vesting schedule is also based on game releases, includingDestiny 2, which gives them major incentives to get the sequel out this year.”

The exact terms of Bungie’s arrangement with Activision are not crystal clear , but it seems like, at the very least, it’s obvious that Bungie is responsible for putting out one piece of truly substantive Destiny content every fall, if not a full game. It seems like Activision is putting the hammer down and making it clear that Destiny 2 cannot be delayed any further that it already is, or else it starts hurting Bungie and its employees.

It seem like Activision might be pushing Bungie a bit too hard here. You don’t want another, what many were led to believe, rushed Destiny product. Are you worried about the push?