According to an anonymous leaker on Reddit, the follow-up to Destiny will use an all-new engine, and is set to launch on PC as well as current-gen consoles.
[UPDATE: Bungie marketing director and writer, Eric Osborne took to his Twitter to refute the report of Destiny 2 being titled Forge of Hope, writing, “Forge of Nope.” The original story continues below.]
It’s no secret that Bungie plans to launch Destiny 2 before the end of 2017 — but beyond that release window, we don’t know much at all about the hotly anticipated sequel. Now, an anonymous leaker has delivered a treasure trove of information about the project, which reportedly comes from a source inside the studio.
Of course, given the questionable legitimacy of this report, all these details should be treated with scepticism for the time being. Still, it’ll be interesting to see whether any of this leaked information turns out to be true once Bungie decides to lift the lid on Destiny 2.
With that being said, here’s the lowdown as laid out by our anonymous leaker on Reddit: Destiny 2 will be subtitled Forge of Hope, and is scheduled to release somewhere between November 4 and November 18. The game will apparently be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and PC.
The franchise will uphold its exclusivity agreement with the PlayStation brand, but it’s set to be cut down to three months from a full year. Three versions of the game will be made available at launch: the base game; a special edition that features special in-game cosmetic items; and a super special edition that boasts those cosmetics and a scale model of the Exo Stranger’s Relic of Necessity. All versions of Destiny 2 will come with pre-order bonuses.
In terms of the game itself, it seems that Bungie has been hard at work building a new engine “from the ground up,” which will apparently allow the studio to build and implement new content much more quickly. The plan is to release new themed events every month or two, in much the same way that Overwatch maintains a steady stream of new content.
More substantial content drops will land each quarter, which the leaker compares to last year’s April update. The first major expansion for Destiny 2 is already in development ahead of a fall 2018 release, and will focus on the Vex, specifically the origins of Kabr and Praedyth.
The leaker also teases the game’s storyline, noting that it will be set after the events of The Taken King. The Cabal launch an assault on the city, leaving the Tower in peril, so Guardians are tasked with taking back the settlement — the player’s showdown with the Cabal leader apparently takes place in a Raid. Along the way, players will learn about the history of Mara Sov, and the motives of the mysterious Exo Stranger.
Finally, the leaker notes that established characters will be left behind when Destiny 2 makes its debut, as a result of the new engine. However, the new character creation suite apparently has far more options than its predecessor.
It’s still too soon to determine whether or not this information is legitimate, but the leaker has already promised to return with more information about the spring update for Destiny, which will apparently release in May.
Destiny 2 is scheduled to launch in 2017.