'Destiny 2' announced for Sept. 8 release

A scene from the 'Destiny 2' announcement trailer. A scene from the 'Destiny 2' announcement trailer. ACTIVISION

Fans of developer Bungie's Destiny can look forward to its newly-announced sequel, which is due to come out in late Summer.

Announced by publisher Activision, the first-person action game Destiny 2 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 (with timed exclusive content), Xbox One, and PC on Sept. 8, 2017.  Activision  says the game provides a fresh start for all players right from the opening cinematic.

“Destiny was the biggest launch of a new console video game franchise ever. Along with our incredibly talented partners at Bungie, we are focusing on making Destiny 2 even better, with state of the art first person action, an awesome new story, great characters, and thoughtful innovations that make the game more accessible to all different kinds of players," said Activision CEO, Eric Hirshberg.  “We're also bringing Destiny 2 to the PC platform for the first time.  Destiny 2 will make an already great game franchise better than ever.”

Bungie's CEO, Pete Parsons, adds to Hirshberg's remarks, stating, “The past three years have been incredibly inspiring and rewarding for Bungie.  To know that millions of players around the world have forged lasting Destiny memories and even made it their hobby is truly humbling and we can’t wait to continue the journey.”

Those who don't want to wait until September to play Destiny 2 might have their chance to get their hands on it early as Bungie and Activision have also announced that the game's beta is slated for earlier in the Summer.

"We are eager to get feedback from millions of players around the world who will get a glimpse of the new adventures that will unfold for all of us," says Parsons in regards to the Destiny 2 beta.  "Together, with our partners at Activision, we are thrilled to get Destiny 2 in the hands of players in September.”

In Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lays in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors.  As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.  The official Destiny 2 reveal trailer (shown below) shows two of the Vanguard, leaders of the Guardians, inspiring the people of the last city in an impassioned (and occasionally sarcastic) call to arms.  In Destiny 2 players will answer this call, embarking on a fresh story filled with new destinations around our solar system to explore, and an expansive amount of activities to discover.

Destiny 2 has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

In addition to the base game software, Activision will be offering the Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle, the Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition featuring premium digital content, and the Limited Edition.  There will also be a Collector’s Edition available, the last of which includes featuring a fully-wearable Destiny 2 Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium digital content, and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box.

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