Our “Destiny” Is Changing

From Left to Right: A Hunter, Titan, and Warlock from Destiny 2.

From Left to Right: A Hunter, Titan, and Warlock from Destiny 2.

Ryan McFarlin

On September 6th, Bungie’s sequel to the blockbuster hit Destiny will be ready to play on Xbox One and Playstation Four. It will release on PC later on October 24th, due to the PC’s requiring more extensive graphics and system updates. It is available for purchase in five editions: Standard, Game Plus Expansion Pass, Digital Deluxe, Limited, and Collectors. The Limited and Collectors are most likely out of stock, but might still be in a GameStop back room if you are lucky. Standard is sixty dollars, just for the game alone. Game + Expansion is ninety dollars, but comes with access to the game’s first two expansions when they release. Digital Deluxe comes with a “Premium Content Pack” that includes a Legendary sword, Player Emote, and a Cabal Themed Emblem and the Expansion Pass, all for one hundred dollars.

    Destiny 2 has been in the works since 2014, and it really shows with all the new available content. The weapon system has been changed, allowing you to carry a Kinetic weapon, an Energy weapon, and a Power weapon. Kinetic weapons include smgs, auto rifles, pulse rifles, scout rifles, and hand cannons. Energy weapons are just Kinetic weapons, but they fire elemental bullets. Power weapons include shotguns, sniper rifles, fusion rifles, rocket launchers, and grenade launchers. These weapons are used to fight enemies in the new locations of Io, Titan, Nessus, and the European Deadzone. Some of these locales even have towns and NPCs to interact with, as well as new Adventures and Lost Sectors. Adventures are short side missions with various objectives, and Lost Sectors are small raids into forgotten areas to acquire loot and knowledge of Destiny’s expansive lore. Destiny’s expansive lore is also not hidden on a separate website, giving players the opportunity to find it while exploring the new and huge maps. One of the locations is said to be more than twice the size of anywhere in the first game.

    The game also features something Bungie calls “Guided Games”. This system allows players to search in a menu for clans that need another member for a group activity. This in game menu gives you greater control of who you play with, and allows groups looking to do end-game content the ability to find players in an efficient manner. All these improvements and additions tell us that Bungie really listens to the Destiny community, and that they want to create an experience that people of all ages will remember fondly, for years and even decades.