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It’s one of the biggest weeks in Bungie history.
This Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Bellevue, Wash.-based gaming company will launch Destiny 2, the second iteration of its latest flagship series.
Destiny 2, published by Activision, is the sequel to Destiny, Bungie’s blockbuster game released in 2014 that reached more than $500 million in first day sales. Bungie, which created Halo, spun off from Microsoft in 2007, seven years after Microsoft acquired the gaming studio.
“Destiny 2 represents the spirit, passion, and energy of an incredible team of world builders here at Bungie, and its launch is the culmination of years of partnership with Activision to bring this game to millions of players all around the world,” Bungie CEO Pete Parsons said in a statement.
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Will Destiny 2 out-perform its predecessor? We’ll find out soon. Here are some initial reviews:
I played 20 hours of Destiny 2 and it’s everything fans have been asking for — The Verge
Already, Destiny 2 understands its fate, its purpose, its desti… you know — ArsTechnica
Destiny 2 review-in-progress: It’s Destiny, without all the bullshit — Polygon
‘Destiny 2′ gives Bungie’s online shooter the narrative it deserves — Engadget
Destiny 2 review in progress — IGN
The early verdict on Destiny 2’s campaign mode — PCGamer
Destiny 2 review in progress — GameSpot
GeekWire had a chance to try out Destiny 2 at a media event inside a hotel just near Bungie’s headquarters in Bellevue, where journalists and reviewers from across the globe gathered to get a sneak peek at the new game.
Admittedly, I didn’t play the original Destiny much as I spend most of my first-person shooter time with Halo 5. Still, I came away impressed after playing the story mode on Destiny 2 — both with the gameplay and aesthetics of the blockbuster title. Even for a casual gamer, it’s nearly impossible not to get hyped after embedding yourself in the Destiny 2 world.
There are some subtle but notable gameplay differences between Destiny 2 and its predecessor, as The Verge and GameSpot noted. But for the most part the game, which again will feature expansive multiplayer options, will feel similar to the original — for those who missed out on Destiny, Polygon has a good primer on the game’s storylines here.
Here’s the game story description from Bungie:
Humanity has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led …read more