Destiny's luster may have waned over time and the fan base may have dispersed into more contemporary titles, but Activision is looking to rekindle the fire with Destiny 2. In fact, they made a major announcement stating that the majority of Bungie has moved over to work on the sequel.
IGN is reporting that the earnings call for the investor Q&A that took place recently for Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials revealed that Destiny 2 is Bungie's prime focus right now, with the remainder of the team putting in the work on the upcoming expansion, Rise of Iron. According to Activision's CEO Eric Hirshberg, he stated that...
The last we heard about Destiny 2 was that it was on target for release in 2017. If they're taking a lot of the same core building blocks, and upping the asset quality to match the newer generation systems, maybe the sequel will be what the original Destiny was supposed to be. The first game had the major problem of being cut down and hacked up in order to run efficiently on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Tiny environments, limited enemy variety, and rinse-and-repeat questing, made the game feel far less epic than what it was originally intended to be.
All of the corners that Bungie had to cut with the original game to get it to run on the seventh gen consoles really hurt Destiny's long-term appeal. However, with the Xbox 360 and PS3 being left in the dust, and both consoles having their final patch rolled out as Bungie focuses on the newer and the better, we'll finally be able to see what they can do without being fettered by the constraints of the decade-old hardware.
Rise of Iron will be a small taste of what's to come, given that it's exclusive to the Xbox One and PS4. We should be able to see something a bit more expansive compared to the other expansion packs released as cross-generational content.
Further details about Destiny 2 haven't been revealed because they likely don't want to undercut and cannibalize the Rise of Iron DLC due out on September 20th. According to Hirshberg, the pre-orders for the upcoming expansion pack is ahead of where the pre-orders were during the same time last year for The Taken King.
The developers and the publisher will be further promoting and talking up Rise of Iron at this year's GamesCom later into August, which will be in Cologne, Germany. They will discuss and explore some of the new multiplayer content set to arrive in Destiny's upcoming expansion.
Following the release of Rise of Iron, expect to start getting drip-fed new info for Destiny 2 as they prep for the game to release sometime in 2017. Heck, maybe this time around we'll finally get a PC version of the game instead of just a standard console release? Then again, with the PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio inbound, hopes for a PC release of Destiny 2 could be shattered.