As of November 2015, Destiny has 25 million registered users. Who knows how many more people have arrived since then? This series has been famously successful for Bungie and Activision. Though this online shooter has numerous problems, they seemingly haven't blocked this game's path to glory. So, naturally, a sequel is on the horizon.
We know very little about Activision's planned sequel for Destiny. In fact, we know practically nothing. However, Destiny 2 has been heavily discussed in the media, and there have been some fascinating internal developments in Bungie. Therefore, we felt it would be beneficial to amass all the news we have on Destiny in order to paint a clear picture for fans. We'll update this article over time as more information is revealed.
Destiny 2 - All The News We've Heard
New Plan For Destiny
Fans originally assumed that Destiny would continue its DLC release schedule into its second year. Following the game's initial release, fans were happy enough to receive content in the form of The Dark Below, House of Wolves and the more expansive DLC pack, The Taken King. However, in December of 2015, Bungie confirmed rumors that this would not be the case for 2016.
“With Taken King we are moving to a more event-based model - things like Festival of the Lost and Sparrow racing, which is our winter event, and then smaller events such as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris every weekend. Rather than doing these giant, monolithic DLC packs, this way everybody who’s an owner of Taken King can enjoy these things.”
During this time, it was revealed via certain sources, that it was near-impossible for Bungie to continue to develop content for DLC packs and the next expansion to Destiny, which was code-named “Destiny 2” at the time and was due to arrive in the Fall of 2016. Clearly Bungie were under immense strain to meet their publisher's demands for content.
Destiny 2 Supposedly Delayed
As Kotaku reported, in the middle of January of 2016, higher-ups at Bungie delayed Destiny 2 out of this September, according to people familiar with goings-on at the studio. We'd also received a leaked document from 2012 which depicted Activision's release strategy for Destiny over a 10 year period. The series was supposed to alternate between a new sequel, like Destiny 2, every two years, with the year in between seeing an expansion the size of The Taken King. This had suddenly changed.
Bungie's CEO Departs
Basically a week after this report, we heard the rather unusual news of Bungie's CEO departing the company under strange circumstances. The fact that this announcement came just after the delay of Destiny 2 allowed many journalists to speculate whether Activision had forced his resignation following the upset of a delayed release date (that doesn't happen with Call Of Duty).
There's still no official report on why CEO Harold Ryan, who was in the position of CEO for 16 years, who oversaw the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Destiny and countless expansions and spinoffs, actually left. This has undoubtedly impacted the trajectory of Destiny and Destiny 2.
Destiny 2 Delayed, Expansion Expected For 2016
Following these inside reports, we finally received official news from Activision regarding the existence of Destiny 2 and its release date.
Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring. That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.
Beyond that, the team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017.
We've no information on this expansion as of yet, or Destiny 2, which we'll be waiting a long time for. What do you make of Destiny? Are you excited for the release date of its sequel?