Bungie's success with Destiny has been enormous for the studio that created Halo, and Activision couldn't be more happy with their partnership. Now the developer is busy behind-the-scenes working on a full sequel.
What do we know so far?
There is no official date yet but Destiny 2 is scheduled for Autumn 2017, Activision's Eric Hirshberg has stated.
However a recent rumour courtesy of that chaotic Internet sector called Reddit suggests that it will be arriving in early November (Q4 2017). E3 2017 in June is likely to play a huge role for the launch of Destiny 2's announcement and marketing bombardment.
The original Destiny was exclusive to the console masses for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 when it launched back in September 2009. It never came to PC despite Bungie teasing now and then that it could possibly make the journey to desktop.
Now the sequel is said to be hitting Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Additionally it will support Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's eventual release of Xbox Scorpio. This would mean an increase of one platform, technically speaking.
The PC version is said to be in the hands of Bungie and New York-based developer Vicarious Visions.
So far there is nothing official from Bungie or Activision with any hint at what's happened since the original Destiny. Again, E3 2017 is certainly going to be their opportunity to start laying the ground work for fans as to the new story content. The original game doesn't have a very strong story presence running through it, which has been criticised as a glaring weakness.
Reddit rumours do have a possible story outline:
"The sequel will heavily focus on chronological events set after the Fall 2015 Expansion The Taken King. The cabal forces attack the city leaving the civilians and mentors of the tower defenseless. It is the guardians job to fight back the cabal and reclaim the city."
"While doing so the guardian will discover the long lost stories of Queen Mara Sov and The Exo Strangers motives. The story will culminate with the tower and city fighting back the Cabal empire resulting the guardian defeating the leader of the Cabal in the new Raid."
Destiny 2 will be more 'casual friendy' according to a recent Activision chat with investors, but it won't be robbing the experience fans of Destiny have come to enjoy.
"The cornerstone of that is a great cinematic story," Activision Hirshberg explained. "That's been a real focus with a great cast of memorable, relatable characters, coupled with some very nice ways to make the game more accessible to a casual player, without losing anything that our core players love. We've made it more accessible to someone who just wants to have a great more casual first-person action experience."
Content Updates & Expansions
Bungie are believed to be aiming for quarterly updates for Destiny 2 as they introduce big slices of new stuff to play with, as well as deliver any refinements to the game itself. The very first big expansion to the sequel is already in the works by a small team, continue those Reddit rumours, with an eye for release in Fall 2018.
They have teased that populated areas such as towns and camps will 'feel more alive' in the sequel, having their densities increased to be more believable and less sterile. There's nothing worse that arriving in a 'bustling settlement' only to feel like everyone standing around are little better than cardboard cutouts or people drafted as cheap extras on a set.
As players choose to migrate from Destiny to Destiny 2, will their characters also be coming across on a whole new journey? This is the big question and there are no definitive answers from Bungie or Activision.
The Reddit rumour source claims that due to the change in game engine - which will apparently speed up Bungie's capacity to apply updates faster - the studio isn't migrating over characters. New player characters will need to be created, they say, which will benefit from greater levels of customisation. Bungie may yet have a system in place to provide bonuses however should you have Destiny characters and certain accolades under your belt.
There's simply not much officially known just yet for Destiny 2. E3 2017 is scheduled to run June 13-15 in Los Angeles, California.
Stay tuned as we all learn more over the coming months!