Chatter amongst the Destiny community recently speculated a delay in the launch of the yet-to-be-announced Destiny sequel, Destiny 2 (let’s call it that for arguments sake). Despite it being no secret, Bungie and more to the point, Activision, have been playing their cards very closely to their chests with this one. They were heavily criticised in the early days of Destiny 1 for showing in-game footage that was scrapped prior to the game’s release. Perhaps they’ve learnt from their mistakes… However, due to the lack of news, updates or talk of the follow-up title, fans have been concerned about the game’s launch being pushed into 2018.
Thankfully for the Destiny fanbase, worries were put to rest when in Activision’s latest earnings call on 9th February, they announced that a sequel to Destiny was still on track for a 2017 launch.
Alongside their call, Activision released a PowerPoint Presentation which, if you go ahead and skip to Page 9, states; “Full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth”- music to every fans ears!
It’s not the traditional way for a publisher to give the fans the thumbs up, but nevertheless, this is the first piece of official news we’ve heard from the “Bungi-vision” team for sometime. At this stage, we’re just happy to hear anything!
Alongside this, Activision have also confirmed that Overwatch will continue to host regular seasonal events, not that that’s much of a surprise to anyone.
This news follows a recent Bungie livestream, in which they took to Twitch.tv to announce some weapon balancing and sandbox changes coming to Destiny in the latest patch, expected to land next week sometime (likely the Tuesday reset).
In slightly less “official” news, rumours of the sequel’s name and themes have surfaced on Reddit (where else?). Destiny 2: Forge of Hope is said to pick up soon after the events of the “The Taken King” expansion with a heavy focus on the Cabal empire invading Earth and The Last City. Again, all rumours and speculation at this point and even Bungie’s Marketing Director, Eric “Urk” Osborne was soon to Gjallarhorn the rumour down with this witty response;
Forge of Nope.
— Eric Osborne (@UrkMcGurk) February 9, 2017
The road onwards looks bare, but there’s talk of an update sometime in Spring and then on to E3 where we expect an official announcement for Destiny 2.0, Destiny II, Destiny Next, or what ever it’s going to be called. Stay tuned, Guardian.