With E3 just around the corner, there are a ton of awesome games for us all to get excited about. There are sure to be new titles announced at this year’s show, but we will also learn new information about several titles that have already been announced. Over the next week, we will be exploring what games we can look forward to seeing more of, and what we can expect to learn from these upcoming titles.
Title: Destiny 2
Anticipated release window: The game has a confirmed launch date of September 8th, 2017
The full sequel to 2014’s Destiny, Destiny 2 will mark something of a fresh start for the franchise. The game is set a year after the events of Destiny: Rise of Iron and sees an attack on The Last City destroying The Tower and stripping the Guardians of their powers. After creating a new character you’ll set off after the Red Legion and their commander, Dominus Ghaul, venturing to new locations and worlds in the Destiny universe.
The original Destiny was a game that had some great gameplay, but was tarnished by an incoherent storyline (what plot there was), the need to do ridiculous amounts of grinding to level your character up, and a lack of matchmaking for Raids (arguably the best part of the game) meaning that less than half of people who played the game got to experience them. While The Taken King and Rise of Iron expansion packs fixed some of these issues, a lot of gamers had left the game behind by that point. Destiny 2 has a chance to pull gamers back to the franchise, as well as add to them, with a more accessible game. Bungie is finally including a matchmaking-style system to bring gamers together for Raids (if you don’t already have a Destiny raiding party). It also appears that there’ll be a more coherent and involving storyline this time around, which will allow fans of the series to deepen their knowledge of the franchise while still allowing new fans to understand what is going on. With everyone having to start his or her characters from scratch again, this also means that you’re not at a disadvantage if you never played the first game, or didn’t put the hundreds of hours into it that some of the hardcore fans did. Here’s hoping that Bungie manages to fully pull off their ambitious aims this time around.