Destiny 2: Release date, beta details, new classes, story info, trailers... and everything you need to know

Fast facts

  • Destiny 2 release date: 8 September 2017
  • Formats: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Price: TBA, likely $59.99 / £49.99

It's official: Destiny 2 will release on 8 September 2017.

Though some of us still comb the Cosmodrome to finish up old Quests and slog our way through the latest Record book (I’m still only at 81%, Guardian), others are looking towards a new Destiny dawn, one that sees the destruction of the last city on Earth, and a flaming hole where our beloved tower once stood. Sniff.

Bungie dropped a metric buttload of stuff on us during it's recent Destiny 2 livestream, so here's the very latest information, rumours and red-hot speculation. That's right -  we’ve got your back. Dive in for the very latest Destiny 2 news and make sure to come back often - this page is regularly updated.

Read on for everything we know about Destiny 2 so far.

Destiny 2's release date has been confirmed

Bungie has confirmed Destiny 2 will release on September 8, 2017.

A poster / logo showing what looks like the Traveler eclipsing the moon (or sun) followed recent rumours about a September 9 release date and beta access for those who pre-order the game. 

Bungie also released a teaser trailer featuring Cayde-6. It seems the proverbial has hit the fan and things are no longer quite so serene at The Tower, or the earth city below. There are Red Cabal smashing down walls, robot bartenders, and plenty of wisecracks to be had, and - naturally - it's up to you to sort it all out. 

Interestingly, the publisher also detailed "follow-on content plans" which "set the stage for growth". Could this be an acknowledgement that Bungie may be moving away from Destiny 1's irregular expansion release program? Here's hoping we find out more soon...

Destiny 2's beta will drop in Q2/summer 2017

The Destiny 2 beta will be on PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer (or Q2/winter, for you lovely folk in the southern hemisphere).

Okay, so we knew one was coming thanks to the poster leak earlier this year (plus many keen Guardians already have their codes as a pre-order sweetener), but it's May now so... it's not long to wait, right? 

In terms of what the beta might contain, the reveal event might be a bit of a clue. While those lucky enough to be at the live event (Salty? Me? Never) got to lay their hands on that sweet new gameplay, there were many fans who could not be there(sob), and comments from Bungie devs during the stream intimated that fans everywhere would get to try experience the sequel soon. 

Could this mean the opening Homecoming mission, new PvP mode Countdown, or The Inverted Spire strike - or all three - might be coming to a beta near you soon?

Destiny 2 planets will be bigger destinations

You might expect a Destiny sequel to just keep on building on the same fundamentals the original has refined over three years of real-world experience. But it sounds like Bungie has decided to set much all of that aside and go for a relatively clean slate instead.

Early reports indicated that Destiny 2 will make each individual planet feel like a more complete destination. Now Bungie has revealed the first four worlds - the revised "Director" map - coming to Destiny 2 as part of its grand reveal event... and it looks kinda amazing.

Once again, your Guardian's story kicks off on Earth in a new location called the EDZ - European Dead Zone. Described as something of an early basecamp - and a retreat for ordinary humans, not just Guardians, it seems - it's where the human race settles after, sniff, the destruction of The Citadel, the Last City on Earth.

And that's not all. We've also seen new zones Titan and Io - ostensibly tracking vanguards Zavala and Ikora Rey respectively - plus Nessus, home to the Vex, who are busy transforming the planetoid into a machine. So, that sounds nice. 

Interestingly, in an interview with GamesRadar, world design lead, Steve Cotton, said:  "Nessus is a centaur, we called it a planetoid in the presentation but it’s a centaur - a planet that orbits in our solar system in a weird way, a visiting orbit thing. We thought that was really fascinating. The Hunters catalogued this planet and that’s how the Vex built their thing and now it’s coming into our solar system. So that’s why it’s here."

Even more curious is that when we asked if that meant there might be a limited window to deal with it, he stated, "limited window." Hmm.

And if you're wondering if traversing these foreign planets is to remain as laborious as it is in Destiny now, we're told to expect many improvements to the Director interface (so no more shooting to orbit before visiting a new location - yay!). The map will also better illustrate items and missions, making it easier to find fun stuff like Public Events. More yay!

Destiny characters will transfer over some things... but not everything

Bungie has finally dropped hints about what Guardians can - and cannot - take with them when they tackle the next threat in Destiny 2

Initially we weren’t sure if we’d be able to carry anything over, but according to a recent update, Guardians who’ve reached Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission (which should be most if not all of us, let’s face it) will be able to retain their class, race, gender, face, hair, and markings.

What won’t carry over is powers, possessions (that includes weapons... RIP, beloved Year 3 Gjallahorn), and any Eververse items, such as Silver and the emotes etc. you’ve purchased with it (goodbye, Grease-style dance).

"We believe this is the best path forward," Bungie said. "It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honour your legacy in the future."

Of course, you’ll still be able to access all your gear in the original game…  you just won’t be able to take it with you. I know. I feel your pain too, Guardian.

Destiny 2 has new weapons systems and new Supers

Destiny 2 has revamped the Guardian sub-classes, plus reworked the weapons system, too. 

While the original Destiny broke down weapon categories into Primary, Special, and Heavy, Destiny 2 will recategorise your many, many guns (oh, please let there be a Supercell replacement) into Kinetic weapons, Energy weapons, and Power weapons.

That may sound like a simple switching of names, but during Bungie's gameplay reveal, we saw a character switch from an Auto Rifle to a Pulse Rifle, so weapons are also getting shifted around. 

There's also all-new subclasses: 

  • Dawnblade for Warlocks: which lets players float in mid-air on wings of fire as they toss out energy blades (made of fire) from their magical sword (which is also on fire);
  • Sentinels for Titans: which - the internet reckons - transforms you into Captain America. You get an impenetrable shield, which you can also toss into enemy's faces and bounce off of them. It looks very, very cool;
  • Arcstrider for Hunters: Hmm. This doesn't look dissimilar from the Hunter's current Super, Arc Blade, but for this you'll use a fancy staff to whack people with. Tidy.

There'll be changes in Destiny 2's co-operative and competitive play modes

In the livestream reveal, Bungie announced that every team mode will now consist of 4v4 rather than 6v6, and promises a more informative Crucible UI, helping you track enemy stats, including super and special ammo.

There'll be new Strikes, Raids and Nightfall challenges, and for those of you lamenting that you could never matchmake for the latter two in Destiny 1, there'll be a more social-focused approach to matchmaking called Guided Games. Talking of which...

Clans can be formed in-game (enabling someone to jump in and join a vacant spot), customise their own banners and messages, and each player will contribute to the clan's status, sharing rewards across the team, too. 

Yup - even your clan gets to level up now!

Destiny 2 is coming to PC, but there will still be PS4 timed-exclusives

It's official - Destiny 2 is coming to PC.

Hold up before you put in your Destiny 2 pre-order, though - Destiny 2 creative director Luke Smith told PC Gamer, "We're not committed to a PC date yet," 

"Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."

Also, Destiny 2 players on PS4 will once again have access to exclusive stuff before anybody else. The cinematic trailers for the newly revealed game on PlayStation's official YouTube account both end with a familiar bump and a soothing voice assuring viewers that you can "Get exclusive Destiny 2 content on PS4*". 

The asterisk is there because it's timed exclusive content, which is guaranteed to not be available on other platforms until "at least" Fall 2018. PS4-nots might have to wait even longer than that - the PlayStation exclusive content released with The Taken King two years ago is still only available on PlayStation.

The first Destiny remains a console-only affair, despite bridging two generations of gaming systems, so it'll be interesting to see what Bungie can do for the PCers. Gun perks that enhance aim assist, while great on joysticks, will likely be less significant for mouse and keyboard players. And a PC version would be a helluva lot easier to datamine for spoilers, too...

Destiny 2 story has plenty of threads to pick up

In a investor call, Activision stated Destiny 2 will bring an accessible and "great" cinematic story" with "relatable characters".

We have a full article just for Destiny 2's story, based on hints found in the original game and connections from the grimoire to real-life mythology. And it wouldn't be Destiny if it wasn't really hard to summarize. But suffice to say it looks like Eris Morn, the Cult of Osiris, and even The Traveler itself will soon be cast in an entirely new light. 

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and the people who say they're your friends but seem kinda sketchy closest of all.

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