Destiny 2 is hoping to make its experience more inviting to players in a variety of ways, from its new Guided Games feature to an increase in in-game storytelling. But according to director Luke Smith, the sequel will have even more ways to guide the player, including a button that will apparently tell players what to do.
While speaking to Games Radar, Smith talked about how the first Destiny was not very accommodating to the casual player. By that he means players needed to devote a significant amount of time to the experience in order to see everything and know what exactly to do at any given moment.
According to Smith, Bungie will make Destiny 2 more compatible with real life. How specifically the developer plans to do that is unclear, but the director suggests that players won’t need to go to outside sources to gain guidance. He even goes so far as to say that there will be a button on the controller that will tell players what to do.
“If I only have two hours to spend I know exactly what to do. In Destiny 1, if I said you only had two hours to spend you’d have to go to Reddit. In Destiny 2 you’re not going to go to Reddit, you’re going to press one button on the controller and the game’s going to tell you what to do.”
Unfortunately, Smith does not elaborate on what he means by “a button on the controller” to replace visiting Reddit. It could be that he is referencing the new Guided Games feature in Destiny 2, which will let solo or two players find groups for endgame content. Or he could be revealing something different – like a button that helps tell players specifically where to go to complete a quest.
Obviously the hope among Destiny’s most diehard players is that Bungie won’t hold their hands too much. A lot of the fun in Destiny is in finding the secret items or quests that aren’t explicitly labeled or outlined – things like the Outbreak Prime or the Sleeper Simulant. Bungie has already suggested that quests like that will return, but how they will work while catering to casual players isn’t entirely clear.
It seems overall that Bungie is trying to work hard to make Destiny 2 more approachable in a variety of ways. The raids will have a new death penalty (allegedly a less harsh one) that lower the barrier to entry when it comes to welcoming new players, and the Guided Games system is meant to make it easier to find groups. But this latest news suggests Bungie is going even further to give players the info they want as easily as possible.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24, 2017 for PC.
Source: Games Radar