- Bungie plans to reveal the big September expansion for “Destiny 2” at noon ET on Tuesday in a Twitch livestream.
- “Destiny” fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the September expansion, hoping it fixes some of the biggest issues with the game in the same way the “Taken King” expansion in 2015 drastically improved the first “Destiny” game.
- How Bungie communicates the new changes this week during the livestream – and the following week at E3, the biggest gaming trade show in the world – could be crucial for the future of the “Destiny” franchise.
Most fans of the “Destiny” franchise will tell you that “Destiny 2,” the sequel to the popular alien-shooting game that came out in 2014, took several steps backward from the original. But that could all change in the big new “Destiny 2” expansion coming in September, which Bungie, the game’s developer, is set to reveal in a Twitch livestream at noon ET on Tuesday.
The next two weeks – between the Twitch reveal on Tuesday and whatever Bungie presents at the E3 gaming trade show the following week – will be crucial for the future of the “Destiny” franchise. Fans and players have high hopes that the September expansion will do for “Destiny 2” what the “Taken King” expansion did for the first “Destiny.”
Like this planned September expansion for “Destiny 2,” the “Taken King” expansion was released exactly one year after the base game launched to the public, in fall 2015. And in many ways, it was the game “Destiny” fans wanted all along. It introduced a coherent storyline that culminated in a fantastic six-man raid activity called King’s Fall. It introduced secrets that players would have to find themselves, adding to the game’s mystique. It added new subclass abilities, armor, and weapons. And most importantly, it fixed the biggest quality-of-life issues players had with the base game.
Fans hope this September expansion will improve “Destiny 2” in similar ways.
Up to this point, the sentiment among most “Destiny 2” players was that the sequel didn’t learn enough from the first “Destiny” game, especially since so many of the quality-of-life improvements it had accumulated by the end of its three-year life cycle were simply absent in “Destiny 2.”
And so a common refrain among “Destiny 2” players became “wait until September.” If Bungie could fix the biggest issues players had with the game by that point – in the same way “The Taken King” improved the first game – it would be worth giving “Destiny 2” another chance.
To its credit, Bungie has shown in recent months that it’s listening to players and wants to make the game something fans love again. “Warmind,” the second expansion to “Destiny 2” that launched at the beginning of May, was a huge step in the right direction. Thanks to Bungie’s work with Vicarious Visions, a video game developer based in New York, the expansion introduced addictive new activities, secrets, and, most importantly, quality-of-life improvements that gave players new reasons to play.
Still, most players are still looking ahead to the September expansion and how it will change “Destiny 2” – hopefully for the better.
In its effort to be more transparent, Bungie has been publicly updating a development roadmap to keep fans in the loop with what’s coming down the pipe for “Destiny 2.” And based on the most recent update, it looks as if the September expansion will introduce new gameplay modes, tweaks to weapon slots and loadouts, and more quality-of-life improvements to keep players interested, like record books, gear collections, and more.
But whether players actually like these changes and how Bungie actually executes on these plans is another story entirely. Fans will be paying very close attention to what Bungie says and doesn’t say during its Twitch event and at E3.
The next two weeks, during which players will undoubtedly have many questions, have the potential to drastically change the perception of both Bungie and “Destiny,” for better or worse.