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Destiny 2 is still set to release later this year, as found in a slideshow for Activision Blizzard’s 2016 fourth quarter earnings report released earlier today. The excerpt in the slideshow under “Providing Opportunities for Player Investment” reads:
Full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.
If you’ve been following Destiny’s pained development after it’s release in 2014, you’ll know that building this beast of a game has been a struggle for Bungie. Not just managing to ship a finished product, but also shipping 4 DLC packs, regular updates, high-level raid missions that had to be patched into the game much later than players expected, and time limited events.
A real lack of content plagued Destiny up until the release of The Taken King DLC expansion, which managed to remedy that issue. While this expansion eased a lot of player’s minds on Destiny going forward, Rise of Iron suffered from the same lack of new content that earlier DLC packs The Dark Below and House of Wolves had. Things for Destiny started look dark again very quickly.
Bungie, however, isn’t alone in developing Destiny 2. Two other Activision owned studios, Vicarious Visions and High Moon, are helping lighten Bungie’s load on this new release. Vicarious Visions, known for the Tony Hawk and Skylanders franchises, announced late last year that they would be assisting in development of Destiny 2, while High Moon has been on board since the first game.
Destiny 2 will most likely not be built off the framework of it’s predecessor, as its rumored that the engine has been built from the ground up. This makes sense considering the stories that been flying around about it’s development, but also so it would be easier to support the PC platform instead of being console exclusive.
It’s extremely easy to stay negative about the next Destiny game, and I hope it’s good. I really truly do. According to sources that spoke to Kotaku, however, Activision will be awarded a large portion of Bungie’s stock if they miss the 2017 release window. This would encourage Bungie to put the game out earlier, and possibly partially unfinished. So maybe don’t get your hopes up too much on this one.