Destiny 2: New planets, PvP overhaul, and Clans

Today is the day Destiny fans have been waiting for, the gameplay reveal livestream. Fans gathered in Los Angeles and around the world to celebrate what Destiny has bought to us and to see what Bungie has in store for us when Destiny 2 drops in September. Here are the big highlights from today's event. 

A new beginning for Destiny 

Destiny 2 is going to be a whole “new beginning” for both new and veteran players, with new planets, maps, modes, weapons, and special abilities. Along with this, it was confirmed that there are going to be new trials, raids, and nightfall strikes. For the competitive players, all Crucible modes will now be in a 4v4 format. There was also a new PvP mode announced called “Countdown.”

New planets revealed included Earth, Titan, Io, and Nessus. Most exciting for returning players, it will now be possible to travel from one planet to another without ever entering orbit (which was often a needless slowdown in between the action). 

New class abilities, clans, and guided games

Destiny 2 will include new class abilities to vary the ways in which we all kick butt. In the livestream we got a look at the Warlock’s Dawnblade ability, which allows Guardians to throw flaming sword, the Hunter’s Arcstrider, which is similar to the Blade Dancer but includes a mystical staff, and the Titan’s Sentinel which includes a Captain America-like shield. Weapon slots and control have been changed too. Instead of the normal three-weapon set up, we will now have a Kinetic, Energy, and Power set up. With this we will be able to switch around weapons and have more flexibility to use our guns how we want, whenever we want.

The new player map will making community modes more accessible and fun. It will show when there are community events taking place like the new dungeon system, treasure hunts, and more. Players will no longer need to sit and wait for an event to start, and can instead go right to it.

For the community players who love to team up with other Guardians, there is news for you too. Destiny 2 will officially integrate Clans into the game. There will be in-game rosters, customized banners, and new tools that will making teaming up into a fire team easier than ever. There will also be a mode called “Guided Games” that will allow players to team up with other clans. For instance, if you have a team of five people and you need one more, you can go to Guided Games and look for your last member. Or if you have never done the raid and you want to see what all the fuss is about, then you can team up with veteran players to help carry you through.

Finally, for all PC players who are anxious to dive into the world of Destiny, you should know that Destiny 2 will be available through Blizzard's Battle.net launcher, and will not support Steam. The game will also support an unlocked PC framerate, which should be a significant improvement over the 30 FPS console players are used to. 

Destiny 2 comes out on September 8, three years after the original Destiny launched, and fans around the world are counting down the days until release.