Destiny 2 Is Now Official, But It's Still a Tease

The semi-announcement via Twitter only confirms the logo from the retail leaks of last week.

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We've known that Destiny 2 is a thing because both Activision and developer Bungie have talked about it in various forms over the last few months. Retail leaks last week add fuel to the fire that an announcement was imminent. Well, the official Twitter account has finally caught up to the rest of the gaming universe.

Destiny 2 is now "official," it appears. The tweet offers no details or links and essentially confirms what some Italian retail posters told us four days ago. It's just another tease that could have easily come soon after the retail posters for the game were loose in the internet wild. What is the harm in putting an official logo out there? That's all the tweet amounts to.

Leaks happen. Publishers aren't compelled to respond to them. But this was not a new IP or something that catches everyone by surprise. Activision has said Destiny 2 will come out this fall. Bungie has talked about how character names and appearance can be ported over, but gear and power won't be. Activision could have easily tweeted this exact same thing last Thursday or even Friday without upsetting the marketing plan. Now, they just look a little silly, especially if they make a big deal out of the fact that the game will be coming on September 8 (or September 5th in North America if that is a European date). 

Either way, Destiny fans, you now have an official logo to go with the game. Props to Activision and Bungie for being four days late and a dollar short. Hopefully, we'll get some meat soon to go with the vegetarian reveal.

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    March 27, 2017 11:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Destiny 2 Is Now Official, But It's Still a Tease

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      March 27, 2017 11:42 AM

      maybe they'll do it on PC this time

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      March 27, 2017 12:03 PM

      HYPE!

      Please be a good PC port, please come out on PC, please be a good,...

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        March 27, 2017 12:34 PM

        Is this the type of game many people want on PC?

        I was initially hyped for it and wanted the first one to hit PC, but after playing the beta and seeing what the gameplay was like, I pretty much lost all interest. The combat seemed slow paced, enemies were very bullet sponge-y, skirmishes did not feel nearly as dynamic as Halo which was the least I was expecting for the base they would expand upon. I do have to assume the full game+patches+expansions improved certain aspects though. But throw a precision aim device like a mouse into that slow paced built for console mix and it's potentially even more plodding and boring because of how much easier hitting the weak spots becomes. And the difference between extremely fast and fine aim control paired with the super slow and deliberate player movement and floaty jumping always makes me feel hamstrung and adds even more impatience to the flow of everything in those types of games that have come to PC.

        I suppose it would be nice to have better performance and visuals, though. And you could still kick back and use a gamepad for the same console experience if you wanted I'm sure. Will be interesting to see if it comes to PC and what improvements they have made to everything. If nothing else, Bungie games are generally polished and solid.

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          March 27, 2017 12:38 PM

          Look at the Division 3rd person sold really well on pc... but sucked ass on content until it was too late.

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            March 27, 2017 12:50 PM

            Did it do well on PC?

            I guess so, wow. 114k peak: http://steamcharts.com/app/365590

            I had played the beta for that one as well and disliked it for similar reasons. Pretty much checked out on everything Division related after that, although coop is always a draw even when the game isn't great (ex: Borderlands 2). I imagine Activision looked at the sales for Destiny and would not want to turn down some extra revenue if the port was doable. I also remember Bungie saying they were open to a PC version a long time back for Destiny, but had good reasons for not doing it because of the additional PS3+360 versions which were all handled in-house. Now that they're free of those legacy ports they could shift to a PC one instead, but I could see them sticking with consoles as well.

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          March 27, 2017 12:45 PM

          I do and I don't want it on PC.

          Biggest issue I would have of it being on PC is dividing the player base among 3 systems sucks and makes it harder to choose which one to play, especially since at least in Destiny 1 characters don't transfer across systems.

          It also so much of the game relying on aim assist. Each gun has base aim assist values and then there are specific perks that increase that value. What this value does is makes it so that shots close to the hit box get counted as a hit. The amount of work to remove all that from the PC version would mean that it would be a much different game than the console version.

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            March 27, 2017 12:58 PM

            Good point, but it would still be less of a split at launch compared to the initial 4 console versions. Plus not carrying characters over will allow some players to jump ship to a different system if that's where most of their friends are at these days. I suppose it's a hard choice but it's also a freeing opportunity to start fresh with a new or expanded coop crew?

            And oh boy, I forgot about the aim assist stuff, they'd probably have to keep all of that for consistency's sake if the sequel has similar mechanics and upgrades focused on that sort of thing.

            The sticky targeting and auto-aim stuff infuriated me, too. But I could see them allowing you to disable that with a mouse and keyboard. At least I hope they would. I wish I could disable that on a gamepad, too. So frustrating for me.

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              March 27, 2017 1:02 PM

              If they keep the same type of weapon perk system which who knows if they will, by turning off aim assist on pc then if I get a roll that has something that adds aim assist on PC then that is then a wasted perk and pretty much a trash weapon, where as on console it would actually be what people usually want.

              For me it's not really a freeing opportunity because I want to continue playing with all the friends I have on xbox who will get the game on that system but in doing that it's already a bad choice since ps4 is the main system people play on because of exclusives. Then throw in PC which I would rather play than any system but that would mean I can't play with a lot of my current fiends since they don't have gaming pc's.

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                March 27, 2017 1:31 PM

                Ah okay. I figured people would want to stick with where their friends were playing more than anything. But since some time has passed since the first one launched and things like the PS4Pro and exclusivity to content exists, a lot may have more of a reason to stay with or jump to another platform with the sequel.

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            March 27, 2017 1:02 PM

            It's PvE only right? They can do cross platform now.

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              March 27, 2017 1:04 PM

              No it has PVP also which is pretty much the main thing people play in the game right now, until tomorrow when they redo a bunch of PVE content and bring it up to par.

              Also good luck getting sony to sign onto have cross platform play even it xbox / ms has said they are open to it.

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          March 27, 2017 1:01 PM

          it's already rumored to be on PC and a game news writer said it was on PC and he tends to be right about destiny related news

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            March 27, 2017 1:15 PM

            I know about the rumors and probabilities, was asking if PC folks actually want to play a console focused MMO-ish shooter like this on their platform.


            I guess it's not the best question because it's always nice to have the option even if it's something you don't want to play yourself, but sigpro brings up some interesting points I had not considered. That's exactly the type of response I was hoping for when asking the question.

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              March 27, 2017 1:16 PM

              I want it on PC. Always my preferred platform.

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                March 27, 2017 1:26 PM

                Care to elaborate? Do you see any benefit to having that style of console shooter on your preferred platform? Any potential drawbacks like sigpro mentioned? Or do you just not care about those sorts of things and more as long as it's on PC?

                Like I said I can imagine a real issue for myself in the slow speed of movement and and pace of gameplay paired with precision PC controls. And that's without all the auto-aim and aim-assist issues I have that sigpro reminded me of. Will your regular Destiny squad also transfer to PC with you?

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                  March 27, 2017 1:33 PM

                  Once you play more the movement speed isn't really that slow and the pace of gameplay in the end game activities is also fairly face paced. One of the reasons it feels slow though is because it's 30 fps due to legacy consoles. Hopefully we get 60 fps moving forward so that should make it feel faster also.

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                    March 27, 2017 2:20 PM

                    Even the late game stuff I've seen online has the pros moving through what looks like molasses at all times. I suppose after long enough time of playing it and nothing else you can adjust to that.

                    Not saying it needs to be Titanfall or even nuDoom levels of movement to be enjoyable, but most of the gameplay on display has appeared to be similarly slow to Halo in practice, but it's Bungie so I never really questioned that, that's what they do. But having played some Halo games on PC at 60fps and higher fov and all that, I know how bad of a fit that slower style of movement game is for me with a mouse and keyboard, even in the most hectic battles on legendary.

                    But then that's my own failing of constantly feeling hamstrung as mentioned, it's good to know that you guys believe it will be fine.

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                  March 27, 2017 1:50 PM

                  I don't see games in terms of "console style" and "PC style." When I have a choice I always pick PC; I've spent a lot of money on desk/chair/monitors/speakers/tower so that I can have the experience I want. The stuff sigpro mentions is no more a concern than it is for any other AAA game since the 360/PS3 when consoles became the lead platform for the majority of big budget releases.

                  If you think Destiny is a slow game you need to watch TrueVanguard or Ramblinn or RealKraftyy or Luckyy & Buttwipe. Movement (especially!) in Destiny is fast. sigpro is my Destiny crew, so I'd likely get it on PC and Xbone.

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                    March 27, 2017 2:05 PM

                    I see this as a slightly different situation from other games. Bungie has been entirely console and gamepad focused for so many years now, unlike some other devs who may have PC versions in mind from the inception, or build games for PCs exclusively and go the other way with ports, or not at all like some shooters and other game types. And then there's the multitude of games out that are designed to be multiplatform from the intitial stages yet still suffer on PC in various ways.

                    There is some valid concerns to be brought up from more than just mouse and keyboard users in a PC version from a studio like this in a game series conceived and designed exclusively for consoles, even if you want to ignore them due to your excess of computer hardware and peripherals, or if you really believe they'll knock it out of the park from the jump with the sequel.

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                      March 27, 2017 7:05 PM

                      Sure, but I played Halo 1 on PC and it was fine/good. As long as the underlying game is good, any version of it that's competently ported will also be good.

                      I'm not saying sigpro and others don't have valid concerns; of course they do. We've all seen terrible PC ports. But we've also seen very good ones (Mass Effect) and I've played BLOPS2, 3, and AW on PC and those are clearly console-designed games that play differently--but still very...funly--on PC.

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              March 27, 2017 2:13 PM

              People like Warframe and that is basically the same game style

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                March 27, 2017 2:17 PM

                Warframe is a lot faster in terms of movement, and also free to play. I tried that out again recently but it still didn't grab me because the combat feels so inconsequential and lacking, but like anything and what people say about Destiny, maybe it improves after putting dozens of hours into it.

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          March 27, 2017 1:16 PM

          Warframe is really popular.

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          March 27, 2017 2:08 PM

          It's the same style of gameplay as Borderlands and that did quite well on PC.

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      March 27, 2017 12:05 PM

      Burning smoke around the Destiny 2 logo is appropriate. Destiny is a burning trash fire.

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        March 27, 2017 12:47 PM

        To each their own, it's grown into for me one of the best FPS as far as gameplay goes for PVE activities. It was rough at launch for in the 2.5 years it's been out pretty much everything about how the game works has been improved.

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          March 27, 2017 12:54 PM

          +like

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          March 27, 2017 2:13 PM

          The core game and story were trash. The mechanics, as in the actual game and gunplay were brilliant. It was unfortunately a brilliant game to play with ultimately no soul, reskinned enemies, mirrored encounters, nonsensical untied plot lines, all of it smacked of design by committee and laziness. Weapon balance at times for PVP was seriously questionable.

          Here is hoping the lessons were actually learned because it has a ton of potential. I remain skeptical though. Best case is the sequel is what the original should have been. Worst case is more of the same.

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            March 27, 2017 2:25 PM

            I am getting the sense that we have concluded whatever half assed storyline they had in mind for Destiny 1. Age of Triumph has a final kind of sound to it, Destiny 2 could take place 10,000 years after the first game for all we know. =]

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            March 27, 2017 3:09 PM

            ^^^This.

            I was banned during the Destiny release so I never really got a chance to tear Destiny apart. Suffice to say, Destiny was my biggest disappointment of 2014 and continues to be one of the largest gaming disappoints for me, ever.

            I never had an Xbox 360 and didn't get an Xbox One, but I *did* own a regular XBox and so had a great deal of fun with Halo 1 and 2. So, it had been a long-ass time since I had played a good Bungie shooter. The senior character artist (at the time, he left Bungie after Destiny came out) is a good friend of mine, so I even got to play some small Friends and Family alpha builds. I was super stoked.

            When it finally came out? I played it until like level 15 before finally giving up on the story that seemed to actively hate me as a player seeking narrative satisfaction. The only joy I really had out of it was playing some PvP, but that's not really why I play shooters anymore (if at all). If there was a free-to-play PvP-only portion of the game, that would probably be the right price to play.

            And then the fact that they released anemic-yet-spendy DLC or full-price DLC to pad out the game without making any goodwill gestures to the people who, you know, had faith in Bungie and pre-ordered the game is just gross. A lot of people say "Oh, but it's good now that there's the Taken King." Fine, give me that content for free, then. That's probably the full-game experience I actually paid for but got cut to make it in time for release.

            God... what a fucking game.

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              March 27, 2017 3:53 PM

              The taken king was basically a full new game. Asking for it for free totally discounts the time and cost needed to create it.
              I get that you were disappointed in the original but they don't owe you anything.

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                March 27, 2017 5:16 PM

                Here's the reality:

                · I bought their unfinished game at full price. Promptly stopped playing it. The brand is already soured. Not interested in spending any money on anything Destiny related.

                · They want people to keep playing Destiny.

                · Therefore, if they want me to keep playing Destiny, they should entice me with the rest of that game's content.

                You're right in that they don't necessarily owe me anything, but I don't have to accept their shit and give them money, either.

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      March 27, 2017 12:54 PM

      As someone who poured way too much time into the first game, I'm very excited to see what the sequel will be on PC.

      I so far have skipped Rise of Iron, but will likely put in some hours in this final content push.

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        March 27, 2017 12:55 PM

        (You need RoI for AoT.)

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          March 27, 2017 12:56 PM

          I own it, but I haven't played at all since RoI launched.

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      March 27, 2017 12:58 PM

      Maybe the story won't be complete trash, and they won't remove huge portions of the game to release via their MMO strategy.

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      March 27, 2017 1:34 PM

      Officially a tease, got it.

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      March 27, 2017 4:05 PM

      I didn't like this game on console at all, but I will still buy the shit out of it for PC.

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      March 27, 2017 4:28 PM

      Meh

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      March 27, 2017 4:28 PM

      Maybe this one will be good