Destiny 2 officially launching in 2017; ‘large new expansion’ and spring update coming this year
Hey, did you hear about the Destiny player who grinded all the way to level 40 without ever leaving the game’s first level? Crazy stuff, right?
And I suppose, if you’re a hardened, cynical journalist like I try to be at times, it’s a clear sign of the dry state Destiny has been in since The Taken King started losing its new DLC smell, a state that has driven players to desperate (though you could arguably say clever) measures in order to find something new to do while they wait for Bungie to give them actual new content.
But behold, a light has been lit in the current darkness of Destiny’s future. That light is news from Activision, who, during its quarterly earnings call this week, announced that 2016 will see the release of a “large new expansion”, followed by the “full game sequel” unofficially known as Destiny 2 in 2017. Guess that delay reported on last month was legit.
Before either expansion or sequel is released, Bungie, Bungie announced, will offer players a little something extra in the meantime, in the form of a sizeable update coming this spring. Included within the update will be a “significant Light increase”, plenty of new gear and new PvE challenges for players “seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.”
These things are just the broad strokes for Bungie’s roadmap for Destiny for the next two years, according to community manager David Dague, who stressed that “more specific waypoints” will be plotted out with time.
“Right now, there are hundreds of passionate people at Bungie working to turn the plan for Destiny’s future into the adventures, dangerous enemies, and glittering treasures that await us,” he wrote. “As soon as we’re ready, we’ll share the details with you in all the usual places… Until then, keep filling our world with action.”
So, I suppose Guardians can continue holding on to hope, because this current drought of new content won’t last forever. The near future is on its way, ready to eventually become a present full of new places to explore, new aliens to shoot and new ways to troll your friends in the Crucible. Indeed, good times await.
Now for a fun fact: according to Activision, Destiny’s 25 million+ players have clocked in more than 3 billion hours of combined gameplay. That’s around 342,000 years, which is simply a crazy amount of time devoted to grinding for Gjallarhorn and fighting dirty over Heavy ammo.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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