Rumor: Destiny 2 will come to PC as well as consoles

Besides opening the floodgates to a larger audience, Bungie will go back to the drawing board to rejuvenate the Destiny brand. 

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Rumors on NeoGAF and Kotaku point to Bungie bringing Destiny 2 to PC as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In addition, sources close to both outlets indicate that the developer will go back to the drawing board in order to revitalize the franchise.

Admittedly, the rumors start sketchy but gain credence as more (alleged) sources reinforce them. NeoGAF user benny_a claimed to "know somebody that works at Activision," and that this person "was on a plane and then a train and saw a presentation on another person's laptop. (No, serious mode: This is what is being internally communicated to employees."

Benny_a goes on to say that Vicarious Visions, an Activision-owned development house, is pitching in on Destiny 2, and that matchmaking for raids will make the cut.

All of that amounts to the usual "I know a guy who knows a guy" rumormongering for which the videogame industry is famous, and wouldn't be worthy of mention, except that Kotaku editor Jason Schreier has a source who brought him into the loop.

"Earlier this year, I’d also heard from a person familiar with Bungie’s plans that Destiny 2, which is currently slated for a late 2017 release, will be on PC."

Schreier points out the logic in Bungie's decision. Putting the game on Steam opens up millions of additional customers and ensures that the developer channel all its resources into modern platforms; it dropped support for last-gen consoles as of the recently released Rise of Iron expansion for Destiny.

Furthermore, Schreier heard from other sources that Bungie views Destiny 2 as an opportunity to reinvent huge portions of the Destiny formula—a smart move, considering its rocky start when the original launched to mixed reactions in 2014.

"Over the past few months, I’ve heard that Bungie’s leadership wants Destiny 2 to feel like a proper sequel, even if that means leaving old planets, characters, and activities behind. In conversations with me, people connected to Bungie have made comparisons to Blizzard’s Diablo 2, which iterated on the first game in some incredible ways but didn’t carry over characters or content from Diablo. I don’t know exactly how much will change in Destiny 2, but all signs point to the developers starting from scratch."

One example referenced by Schreier is a new modality called play-in destinations: Destiny 2's planets will be populated with more towns, quests, and characters in order to spice up the tired march of patrol missions found in Destiny.

Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy, Taken King's director and executive producer, respectively, are filling the same roles on Destiny 2 as a result of a staff shakeup that occurred earlier this year. One of their first moves was to reboot what had been written of the sequel's story and start fresh.

If Bungie ends up prohibiting you from carrying over Destiny characters, the studio will "likely offer something to players who have poured hundreds of hours into the first game," Schreier wrote, though he hasn't been able to confirm this.

Earlier this year, Activision announced that Destiny 2 would launch in 2017.

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    September 27, 2016 3:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Rumor: Destiny 2 will come to PC as well as consoles

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      September 27, 2016 3:59 PM

      That would be yuge!

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      September 27, 2016 4:04 PM

      Wasn't the first game supposed to last for 10 years or something?

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        September 27, 2016 4:06 PM

        No, I belive it's a 10 year project that they're committed to. The wording in the original articles was really wishy washy

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        September 27, 2016 4:17 PM

        No the whole franchise is currently planned for 10 years.

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        September 27, 2016 4:36 PM

        The franchise not the game

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        September 27, 2016 4:38 PM

        The franchise will last 10 years with activision. Not pointing at you specifically because I assume you don't play it, but there's so many people that threw this false information without knowing what the hell they were talking about. It has a lot of flaws technically and gameplay wise that this is a smart step.

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        September 27, 2016 8:48 PM

        Probably was before all the turnover at Bungie. Now it seems like every time someone else is put in charge they blow up all the existing story etc and reset. Considering the shit show condition of the story does it really matter any way? Destiny is really only popular because it has good gunplay. I doubt most people can even tell you what the fuck is going on at this point as far as the story goes.

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          September 27, 2016 9:27 PM

          I'm pretty sure THE HIVE are challenging THE OTHERS in a battle with THE FLOOD where THE REAPERS attack THE COUNCIL which gets saved by THE ORDER, but they end up waking THE ANCIENTS who are eventually thwarted by THE AGENCY but not before THE WALKERS and THE FALLEN destroy THE SYNDICATE in a battle on the moon. It's all very original.

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            September 27, 2016 11:06 PM

            Thank you for saving me from having to wade through the Wiki

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            September 27, 2016 11:22 PM

            You forgot about the dangerous weapons powered by Iron, Copper, and Bronze.

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            September 27, 2016 11:53 PM

            true story: they were originally going to us real world religions. e.g.,

            THE MUSLIMS are challenging THE CHRISTIANS in a battle with THE BUDDHISTS where THE JEWS attack THE ZOROASTRIANS which gets saved by THE ATHEISTS, but they end up waking THE AGNOSTICS who are eventually thwarted by THE HINDUS but not before THE SHIA MUSLIMS and THE PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS destroy THE WALL ST JEWS in a battle on the moon. It's all very original.

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              September 28, 2016 12:07 AM

              Sadly they had to change it once it became apparent that the Jews controlled the illuminati and the Catholic Church allied itself with the Knights templar to combat the growing threat of majestic 12. In the end, they had to go with a generic hodgepodge of Sci fi archetypes to avoid getting renditioned to a top secret military black site :(

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      September 27, 2016 4:07 PM

      Heard this rumor before somewhere... Hmmm

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      September 27, 2016 4:39 PM

      Oh my god yeeeesss please

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      September 27, 2016 4:43 PM

      Add PC support, cross play, simultaneous release date....

      Baby you got a stew going!

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        September 27, 2016 5:32 PM

        I, for one, do not want to play crucible with mouse players.

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          September 27, 2016 10:33 PM

          Too late lol

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            September 27, 2016 11:18 PM

            LOL haha so true

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              September 28, 2016 12:11 AM

              Wait. A) what do you mean? 2) you replied to yourself?

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                September 28, 2016 1:53 AM

                Some sweaty crucible players use XIM.

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                  September 28, 2016 2:33 AM

                  I got a XIM3 years ago and was super happy with it despite the configuration headaches. When you got it tweaked right, it was godly.

                  Now I want to play through Far cry Instincts with it :(

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                    September 28, 2016 3:11 AM

                    I've played Trials of Osiris with a couple of the top Australian players who use them. They're godly on controllers already, but it's face meltingly stupid when you have an already excellent player with one. 99% of players have no chance against them.

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          September 28, 2016 1:44 AM

          I tried that halo forge thing on pc. It felt really weird running around a halo game with proper mouse look.

          Shame it doesn't actually let you play a game, I wanted to see if the autoaim was still in there.

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          September 28, 2016 3:08 AM

          Yeah while there are some out there that use devices to do it, I do not want it to become that common from cross-platform play.

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        September 27, 2016 10:34 PM

        And then add in ESPORTS

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      September 27, 2016 10:29 PM

      Bout time. The first one should have been on PC as well.

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      September 27, 2016 11:38 PM

      I tried to get back into it since this new update. The combat is great, but I think I hate everything else about it. The repetitive bland humanoid enemies, all weapons being the same few rifles with different stats. Having to grind missions, having to grind equipment to progress.

      I hope they eventually bring the good halo games to pc instead

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        September 27, 2016 11:44 PM

        I really don't get that at all.

        Every enemy seems to have a different behavior. The guns fall into the same six or eight categories but each acts completely different even within its own subset. And you don't have to grind anymore, you can purchase upgrade mats at the loss of legendary marks.

        Plus the lore and story is awesome. So much backstory to dive into.

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          September 27, 2016 11:59 PM

          I like the halo clone aspects, just hate the mmo/phone game elements

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      September 28, 2016 1:37 AM

      Cheat developers are already looking into developing the needed software for PC players...

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      September 28, 2016 3:16 AM

      I don't doubt it. They probably regret bothering with PS3/X360 as it is, now they can put those dev resources into the PC version which is bound to make them more cash.

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      September 28, 2016 3:19 AM

      Finally the developers realized the PC is the best platform for games. I hate consoles!!