We have some fascinating new reports, and some fascinating new leaks regarding Destiny 2, or, Destiny II: Forge of Hope as it's apparently being called. We're going to dish out the leaks up front, and then toward the end of the article we'll bring your attention to a previous report that seems to corroborate the information we're about to disclose.
Keep in mind that all of this is to be considered as far out rumor until proven otherwise by Bungie itself. This rumor originated on Reddit from an unverified source, and I've taken the information as organized by NeoGAF member "benzopil" in this thread. Now, without further ado, here's what we're hearing about the next installment in Bungie and Activision's epic online shooter:
"The next installment in the DESTINY franchise will be revealed as 'Destiny II: Forge of Hope' will be launching in Q4 2017 with an estimated window release of November 4th to November 18th.
The next installment will be launching on five platforms: PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox Scorpio (TBA) and PC. Console Exclusivity will remain with PlayStation but the exclusive period will be reduced to 3 Months.
The game has a whole new engine built from the ground up with the ability for Bungie to rapidly create and add new content to the world of Destiny. Bungie is scheduling for an event release every 1-2 months centering around a theme similar to Overwatch while also delivering new narrative paths and new game play mechanics."
"The sequel will heavily focus on chronological events set after the Fall 2015 Expansion The Taken King. The cabal forces attack the city leaving the civilians and mentors of the tower defenseless. It is the guardians job to fight back the cabal and reclaim the city. While doing so the guardian will discover the long lost stories of Queen Mara Sov and The Exo Strangers motives. The story will culminate with the tower and city fighting back the Cabal empire resulting the guardian defeating the leader of the Cabal in the new Raid."
"Bungie is planning to release a substantial content updates for each quarter (Similar to the April Update). Bungie already have a small team working on the first major expansion to be released in Fall 2018. Details are limited but it is aimed to be centered around the Vex and the Origins of Kabr and Praydeth."
"Due to the new engine Bungie had to make the hard decision of previous Characters being left behind. The upside to this is the new release will have a more customization character creation including facial hair and class themed face paint and tattoos."
So that's all for the leak. There are two interesting points of corroboration here, as mentioned above. The first is this story we reported not long ago about a Mega Bloks playset that supposedly leaked some Destiny II story beats. In one of the set descriptions, we hear about a scene where the Tower is being attacked by Cabal forces. That fits in perfectly with the story premise outlined above.
It's also interesting to note that we've been hearing that characters wouldn't transfer over for some time now, and that this is a result of an entirely new game engine. While these corroborations aren't conclusive, they certainly are interesting in light of this leak.
So what do you think? Destiny II: Forge of Hope due out this November, eh? If that's the case, we can certainly count on a full reveal at this year's E3. I'd expect a few teasers before then, so we'll have to keep our ears to the ground. If we find out anything new in the meantime, you'll be the first to know.
Update: Bungie has officially responded to these rumors. See what it had to said here.