Destiny 2 Release Date, Pre-order, Graphics Comparison, Beta, Raids, Clans, Supers, Special Editions, The Farm, PS4 Pro – Everything We Know

Destiny 2 looks set to build upon the established universe of the first game, as humanity is now truly in tatters with the Last City on Earth having been invaded following the conclusion of the original Destiny. Players will once again form up to take on Strikes and Raids together, as Guardians will stand shoulder to shoulder to push back the enemies of the Traveller and, above all else, get the best loot in the galaxy.  

This article will be your hub of knowledge for Destiny 2, bringing together all the latest bits of information from Bungie and around the web as they become available into one page. We’ll cover the Destiny 2 release date, the Destiny 2 Live Gameplay Reveal, the Destiny 2 Beta, and Destiny 2 collector’s editions

Destiny 2 Release Date – PS4, Xbox One and PC

The Destiny 2 release date is September 6, 2017, with the game arriving on PS4 and Xbox One on that date. After initially settling on a release date of September 8, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith announced on June 13 that the release date would be moved forward by two days, to September 6, worldwide for Xbox One and PS4.

Shortly after this surprise announcement from Bungie, the developer revealed the Destiny 2 PC release date as October 24, and would be available to pre-order from immediately. 

Destiny 2 Graphics Comparison – PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One

Now Destiny 2 has been playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PS4 Pro, thanks to the Destiny 2 Beta, we’ve had a chance to see how well it performs (and looks) on each console. A variety of videos showing comparison footage have been released, which we’ll detail for you below. 

The first video shows Destiny 2 running on a PS4 and the PS4 Pro. Differences outside of resolution are minimal, and you can see that the frame rate of each version is locked at 30 fps. 

Next up is a video comparing the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Destiny 2. Again, differences are minimal. 

The good news is that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Destiny 2 appear to be more or less the same in their visual makeup, aside from the fact that on Xbox One the resolution is more variable. This is something that the PS4 Pro version of Destiny 2 makes use of too, but that version of the game is aiming to reach 4k rather than the 1080p of the Xbox One game. 

Destiny 2 Beta – Sorry, You’ve Missed it – But PC is Still Coming

The Destiny 2 Beta ran from July 18 until July 25, across PS4 and Xbox One. A PC Destiny 2 beta is currently being planned for August, with Bungie stating that it would have more information on this soon. Head over to our everything we know roundup of Destiny 2 on PC page for all the info we have on this version of the game.

What did the Destiny 2 Beta Include?

The Destiny 2 beta featured a mix of content, most of which had already been seen during demos of the game since its reveal. Anyone who played in the Destiny 2 Beta will get a Destiny 2 Beta Emblem for use in the full release of Destiny 2. 

Game Modes in the Destiny 2 Beta

  • Homecoming Mission: The Destiny 2 Beta included the game’s opening mission, Homecoming, and cinematics from that portion of Destiny 2.
  • Countdown: New Crucible mode, Countdown, was included in the Destiny 2 Beta. Players must attack or defend the base on a brand new map designed for the game mode.
  • Control: Play on a new map in this standard Crucible game mode.
  • The Inverted Spire: This new Destiny 2 Strike will see you working with two friends or players found through matchmaking.
  • The Farm: For one hour on Sunday July 23, players were able to test out Destiny 2’s new social space.

Subclasses in the Destiny 2 Beta

  • Dawnblade Warlock 
  • Arcstrider Hunter 
  • Sentinel Titan

Content not Included in the Destiny 2 Beta

To keep expectations in check, Bungie revealed what wasn’t included in the Destiny 2 beta. 

  • Clan Support – You’ll have to wait for the full release for clans. 
  • Character Progression – No stats or equipment will carry over to the full release of Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 Raids – First Details

Info on Destiny 2’s raids is thin on the ground, but Game Director Luke Smith has let a tiny bit of information slip out. Speaking to Mashable, Smith talked briefly about the first raid in Destiny 2. 

The first raid in Destiny 2 is known internally as Raid 5, and according to Smith is unlike anything Bungie has done before. 

“Raid 5, when we looked at it, it was about building a place you believe is real. That was our priority,” said Smith. 

“I-have-a-real-good-secret-I-can’t-share-yet” he giggled. “A place that you believe could exist,” he added. “It’s unlike anything we’ve done. The team is incredibly talented; it is a joy to see them work.” 

Will Destiny 2 Support Cross-Platform Play and Saving? Can PS4 owners play with Xbox One owners?

Despite an outcry from fans in support of cross-saves between consoles and PC for Destiny 2, Bungie has revealed that the game will not support this feature, and will also not be supporting any cross-platform play between either console or PC. 

The ability to cross-save between console and PC could be critical to the success of Destiny 2 on PC, as the game launches over a month after the console versions. This would allow some of the hardcore Destiny 2 players to start their characters off on console, before carrying their progress over to the PC version of the game. 

As it is, the more hardcore Destiny 2 players won’t want to miss out on the game for over a month, and will likely invest in the console version of the game instead of the PC version, even if they own a powerful PC that could run Destiny 2 in 4K at 60fps. 

Destiny 2’s New Social Hub – The Farm

In Destiny 2 the much-loved Tower is no more. The social space so familiar to players of the original game is being replaced by The Farm. IGN got a first look at The Farm, and we’ve broken down the key info for you below. 

  • The Farm appears to be a similar size to The Tower. 
  • It includes a Cryptarch, Tyra Karn – previously seen in Rise of Iron. 
  • It also includes a Postmaster robot for checking your mail. 
  • A football pitch is included, complete with goals and a scoreboard. 
  • 26 players can be in an instance of The Farm at once. 
  • The Farm will change over time, adding new human survivors and specific key characters.

Destiny 2 Gameplay Reveal and Details

The Destiny 2 gameplay reveal opened with director Luke Smith revealing that the Trails, Nightfalls, and Raids would be “available to all players”. However, no other information was revealed, so matchmaking for the aforementioned modes has not been confirmed. 

The ‘Homecoming‘ mission was then revealed, which is slated to be the opening mission of Destiny 2. The Last City on Earth was destroyed by the Red Legion, as players were fighting around the ruins of the Tower, and then moved to assault the Red Legion’s flagship. Some new abilities for the Warlock, Titan, and Hunter classes were also shown off, these being the Dawnblade, Sentinel, and Arcstrider abilities. 

Destiny 2 Supers

The Dawnblade super ability allows the Warlock to produce a huge, flaming sword for a limited time, which they can use to send bolts of fire at enemies far off, or strike nearby foes with the blade itself. The ability looks to be the most powerful of the three that were shown off at the gameplay reveal event in LA.

The Sentinel super ability, for the Titan class, allows players to form a giant energy shield, exactly how Commander Zavala did in the gameplay demo reveal itself. As the Titan class is designed to be the toughest of the three, this ability can shield everyone around them from destruction. 

Finally, the Hunter class can wield a large staff with acrobatic ease through the Arcstrider super ability. This ability focusses on the natural nimble abilities of the Warlock class, and looks like it allows players to race round the battlefield at a slightly increased speed. 

However all this apparently comes at a slight cost, as it appears that the Bladedancer, Sunsinger, and Defender abilities from the first Destiny will be replaced by new abilities in Destiny 2. 

Below, you can see the full gameplay reveal for Destiny 2, as Bungie demoed the full first mission of the game.

Destiny 2 Strike Gameplay

A full playthrough of the Inverted Spire Strike can be seen just below, as well as demonstrations of the new abilities and weapons in Destiny 2. The Strike can be seen in its entirety, from orbit to the final boss of the mission. 

There will be three new weapon slots for Guardians: Kinetic, Energy, and Power. Strikes will also make a return, with the Inverted Spire Strike being playable at the show, for those attending. Crucible will now be 4v4 across all modes, and a new mode, Countdown, was also available to be played at the show.

One of the new, elite Hand Cannons used at the hands-on event for Destiny 2 on May 18.

Lost Sectors, mysterious new locations marked on your map by characters throughout the game, will reveal new challenges and bosses to the player in Destiny 2. Four brand new locations were also briefly shown, called Nessus, Io, Titan, and the European Dead Zone, the latter of which is slated to be the largest single map space in the game

A brand new weapon for Destiny 2, as seen at the hands-on press event in LA.

Clans will be implemented more heavily Destiny 2, which are optional teams players can join that will be supported in-game, with rosters and more tools including custom Banners. There will also be a shared reward system for all players within the Clan, meaning that all players can gain a shared reward, no matter the work they put in.  

Guided Games, another new addition to Destiny 2, allows single players to be paired up with a Clan, meaning that you don’t necessarily have to join a Clan to reap the rewards from playing alongside one in co-operative game modes.  

Bungie went into depth on the Guided Games feature, a matchmaking ability that would let single players join groups of other players, to take part in RaidsNightfalls, and other activities that require a team. 

The Guided Games feature for Destiny 2 will not work on Heroic difficulty for any activities, as revealed by Luke Smith on a recent Kotaku podcast. Although there will be a ‘normal’ Nightfall mode that will be compatible with Guided Games, the more challenging and rewarding Heroic modes of versions won’t allow for Guided Games players to team up with bigger parties. 

To round out the event, a new reveal trailer was released, which you can see below, showing the fall of the Last City. 

Destiny 2 Nessus, Lost Sectors, Adventures Revealed

In the video just below, IGN had the exclusive reveals on a number of aspects of Destiny 2, including the new planet Nessus, new public events, and the Adventures side missions. You can see the reveals for yourself just below, where we’ve highlighted a few key points from each. 

  • Public Events are brand new for Destiny 2, although they did appear briefly in the original Destiny.
  • Public Events have optional bonus objectives, if you trigger this then extra difficult enemies come for you, as well as new rewards.
  • Adventures are side missions in Destiny 2. They’re fully voiced and expand on the destination in which they take place.
  • Lost Sectors are effectively dungeons in Destiny 2, scattered around every location in Destiny 2. 
  • Lost Sectors are recognisable by marks in the environment, and all contain bosses and loot. 
  • Failsafe is a new NPC in Destiny 2, who was first seen in the Inverted Spire Strike. 
  • World Quests are the opposite of Adventures, they represent huge adventures, spanning regions.

Destiny 2 Survival Mode, Altar of the Flame Map Revealed 

The video below from IGN gives a tour of the new Altar of Flame map, which shares some similarities with the Trials of Osiris map from the original Destiny. Bungie also detail Survival mode, which will be available through the Competitive section of the Crucible.

  • Survival is a Competitive offering in Crucible.
  • Competitive mode contains Countdown and Survival.
  • Survival takes after Skirmish, it’s 4v4 and your team shares a pool of lives.
  • First team to kill the other earns a point, first to three wins.
  • The Altar of Flame map is set on Mercury, and contains Vex architecture.
  • A single Power ammo pack spawns on the map, so it’ll be a bloodbath to reach it.

No More Random Weapon Stat Rolls in Destiny 2

Speaking recently to Mashable, director Luke Smith revealed that ‘weapon rolls‘ would be eliminated in Destiny 2. Weapons could sometimes have randomised perks in the original Destiny, leading for players to grind away for hours and hours in order to obtain their preferred version of the same weapon. 

This won’t be the case in Destiny 2, as all weapons will now have fixed stats and perks, meaning you won’t come across the same weapon with different perks and abilities. Grinding for a specific loot item now just got a whole lot more straightforward. 

Destiny 2 PS4 Exclusive Content

Activision and Bungie have revealed that PS4 owners will get exclusive content for Destiny 2, with PC and Xbox One players not getting their hands on it until some point in 2018. 

The PlayStation 4 Destiny 2 exclusive content includes: 

  • Exclusive Strike, called Lake of Shadows
  • Exclusive PvP map
  • Exclusive Exotic weapon

Destiny 2 Will Not Have Dedicated Servers

In a weekly blog post over on the official Bungie website, the developer delved into why Destiny 2 wouldn’t feature dedicated servers for multiplayer activities, stating that the sequel would use a “hybrid of client-server and peer-to-peer technology.” 

Engineering executive Matt Segur said that Bungie had invested heavily in new server tech, including cloud servers for gameplay, a feature that wasn’t in the original Destiny. Bungie did reveal that every activity in Destiny 2 would be hosted by a server, meaning there would be no more host migration while performing activities such as a Raid attempt or Trials match. 

Bungie acknowledged that this brings “unique security challenges” in preventing cheating on the PC version of Destiny 2, but stated that they “have a variety of top-secret strategies to ensure that the life of a cheater in Destiny 2 PC will be nasty, brutish, and short.” The developer followed up, reassuring fans that all changes to characters are communicated directly to a secure data center, with no peer-to-peer interference whatsoever. 

Destiny 2 Will Have a Proper Story This Time – Drops the Grimoire Cards

Back in the original Destiny, Grimoire Cards were used to give backstory to items and characters in the game. This was primarily to make up for the lack of actual story in the game itself, with players needing to visit the Destiny website to read the Grimoire Cards they had collected. 

Destiny 2’s World Lead was asked by Forbes whether the Grimoire Cards from the original Destiny would be making a return in the sequel. “The answer to that is no,” he said, “because we want to put the lore in the game.” The story for Destiny 2 will be told through the campaign, and also through scannable items found throughout the environments.

Destiny 2’s story is explained in more detail in this video.

A new social hub on Earth will serve as a way for players to pick up quests and missions, much like you would in an RPG. In Destiny 2 there will also be a bigger focus placed on personal stories, with the likes of Ikora, Zavala, and Cayde-6 being more prominent in the overall story. 

Our Hands-On Impressions of Destiny 2

Our very own Mike Williams recently went hands-on with Destiny 2 at an event in LA, and came away with some impressions of the opening section of the game, which was previously shown off in the livestream that kicked off the reveal event on May 18.

“The new engine is a stunner and Destiny 2 is colorful game,” Mike reported, as vibrant colors flashed all around the destroyed tower in the Last City, while the Guardians made their way to save the population. “A hefty mid-boss fight forced me to use my Dawnblade Super Charge ability, turning my character into an angel of pure burning vengeance. Wreathed in flame, a Warlock can make short work of even the strongest foe, looking badass while doing it.”  

There was also a hands-on session with the new Inverted Spire Strike on the planet of Nessus. “The surprise within Nessus and the Inverted Spire is the layout of the planet. As you move forward, you’ll eventually jump between floating platforms, going down into the planet itself,” Mike wrote of the Strike. The entire Strike culminated with a three-part boss, which took place over a variety of settings including a small island surrounded by glistening silver waters. 

The First Reveal of Destiny 2

The first official confirmation of Destiny 2 came from Bungie on Monday, March 27, when the developer published the not-so-cryptic tweet below to their official Twitter account: 

Destiny 2 Teaser Trailer Announcement

Just a day after the initial tweet, Bungie then released the first teaser trailer for Destiny 2 featuring Cayde-6, Nathan Fillion’s character, sat at a bar retelling the story of how the Last City on Earth had finally fallen.

While Titan leader Commander Zavala can briefly be heard at the end of the teaser trailer, Cayde-6 is the star of the show, casually stopping off for a brief drink during the actual assault on the city, purely to recount some expositional dialogue to the audience.  

Destiny 2 Reveal Trailer

Dubbed the ‘Rally the Troops’ trailer, this second trailer sees both Cayde-6 and Commander Zavala doing exactly that, attempting to rally every Guardian they can find to make a stand against the dark forces invading the city.

Although both have the same goal of inspiring courage within their comrades, they go about it in decidedly different ways, with Cayde-6 eventually resorting to ‘loot’ in order to rally the troops. As with the initial trailer, no gameplay is shown here, and the trailer is purely intended to set the stage for the story of Destiny 2 – although Ikora Rey the Warlock Vanguard does make a brief appearance, if only to scold Cayde-6. 

Destiny 2 DLC Rumours

Deestiny 2 isn’t released yet, but Destiny 2 DLC rumours are already gathering at quite a pace. 

A Gamestop employee states that Destiny 2 will receive two DLC packs, which will release in Winter 2017 and Spring 2018. For now, this is nothing more than a rumor, and nothing else whatsoever has been confirmed surrounding DLC for Destiny 2. 

Destiny 2 Collector’s Editions and Destiny 2 Glacier White PS4 Pro Console

Destiny 2: Standard Edition

If you’re just after the base version of Destiny 2 and nothing else, then look no further than the standard edition of the game, available from virtually every retailer that deals in video games for $59.99/£49.99, as well as on each digital console storefront for the same price. 

Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe edition

The Digital Deluxe edition of Destiny 2 will feature the base game as well as the Expansion Pass, which promises two expansions that feature brand new story missions, co-op multiplayer and missions, as well as new armour, weapons and gear. On top of this, the Digital Deluxe edition will come with a Legendary sword, a Legendary player emote, and a special Cabal Empire themed emblem. 

As it states in the name, the Digital Deluxe edition will only be available to purchase digitally, meaning that you’ll have to head to your console storefront to purchase the edition, be this the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, or the PC platform that is yet to be announced by Bungie.

Destiny 2 Limited edition

The Limited edition of Destiny 2 will come with everything previously mentioned in the Digital Deluxe edition, as well as a limited edition steelbook case, and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box, which houses a booklet on the Cabal themselves, Cabal schematics and military pawns, and collectible postcard images. 

Destiny 2 Collector’s edition

This, the most expensive version (to date) of Destiny 2, will come with everything in the Limited Edition of the game, but will also feature a special Frontier Bag and a Frontier Kit. The Frontier bag will contain a 15″ laptop/tablet sleeve, while the Frontier Kit features a solar panel USB charger, a paracord, and a solar blanket.

Destiny 2 Glacier White PS4 Pro Limited Edition Console

The PS4 Pro looks very nice in white!

On September 6, 2017 a Limited Edition PS4 Pro Destiny 2 bundle will also be released. The console, a 1TB PS4 Pro in Glacier White, will come with a white DualShock 4, a copy of Destiny 2 on PS4, and a code for Destiny 2’s Expansion Pass. 

The Glacier White Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro will cost $449.99. 

  • Pre-order The Glacier White Destiny 2 PS4 Pro from Amazon

Destiny 2 releases for PS4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2017. A PC version of Destiny 2 will follow on October 24, 2017.