Who said Activision doesn't have a sense of humor? The publisher, along with Bungie, has released a new trailer for Destiny 2, the highly anticipated first-person shooter due out for release later this year, and it's a heck of a lot funnier than we expected.
The trailer was posted up over on the Destiny Game YouTube channel, where it starts in a dusty old bar with a Guardian at the table with a drink in hand. Some classic, dirty blues plays in the background where he recounts an explosive encounter with some not-so-friendly bad guys.
I don't want to jump to conclusions, but the inflection and delivery sounds like a dead ringer for Nathan Fillion, which should make Firefly fans happy.
As he's telling the story and bringing it to a conclusion, it turns out that the only person there listening to it is a sweeper droid, just minding its own business... just before it gets shot and several explosions go off. It turns out that the bar was sitting in the middle of a war zone.
The trailer for Destiny 2 ends up fading out as the Guardian takes his leave and heads back into the fray, with text popping up on screen saying that the worldwide reveal for the game will take place in just two days, on March 30th. That's a heck of a lot sooner than I was expecting.
We all knew that Activision and Bungie had plans on revealing Destiny 2, but a lot of people had no idea how soon that would be. Well, it's soon... real soon.
The kicker here is that this cinematic was just an announcement teaser to announce the official announcement reveal trailer for Destiny 2. In this era of over-hype and pastiche marketing, it should really come as no surprise that they would pull the announcement for the announcement schtick.
Anyway, there were a couple of little things in the trailer that really stood out. For instance, the slight off-kilter stumble when he gets up from the chair and the explosion goes off nearby, and the detail in the fire and volumetric smoke -- it looks so marvelous. Well, it's marvelous until they say at the end of the trailer it's not actual gameplay. This means we should likely expect something more akin to what we already see on the Xbox One and PS4 when it comes to the actual gameplay mechanics.
Of course, I could be absolutely wrong, and maybe Bungie is gearing up the release of Destiny 2 for the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro. In that case, we could see something really special when they unveil the gameplay on March 30th... maybe something akin to the cinematic trailer? One can hope.
Details on Destiny 2 are scarce, but they've had since 2014 to iron out something worthwhile since the release of the original game. Given that they've been releasing plenty of expansion packs for the first Destiny in between that time, they should be familiar enough with the hardware to churn out something special. We'll likely find out when details drop at the end of the month.