The "next chapter of Destiny" is here, and it's considerably less expensive, and on a completely different platform.
Many assumed there would be changes to how Bungie's science-fiction looter shooter operated moving into the future after it was announced at the beginning of the year that the company had split with publisher Activision. Now we have a clearer view of what that move really means.
First off the bat, Destiny 2 is moving to a free-to-play format after the release of new expansion Shadowkeep in September. This change comes alongside the news that the title was going to employ a cross-save feature for Xbox One, PC, and the soon-to-be-released Google Stadia.
All these major changes to the title demands change. Destiny 2, which has long employed the naming policy of keeping the numbered title alongside any expansion names, will now be titled Destiny 2: New Light after moving to the accessible and free payment model.
The second major announcement coming from Bungie's livestream announcement is that the game will no longer be available on Blizzard's Battle.net client. The game first moved to that gaming server after the Activision acquisition, with the publisher partnering with Blizzard to host games like Destiny and the mega-popular Call of Duty franchise.
From September, Destiny will be moving to Valve's Steam client. It's a welcome tidbit of news for gamers, considering the Steam client is been the longstanding leader for keeping collections of games since its release nearly 16 years ago.
Bungie also announced that all Destiny 2 Year One content - which means Warmind and Curse of Osiris - will also be freely available to all players alongside the New Light download. It was also announced that all exclusive content releases would be abolished. Now, when maps, strikes, and weapons release, they will be available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC all at the same time.
So what do you think? With Destiny moving to a format that has seen major success for global sensations like Fortnite, Apex: Legends, and League of Legends, do you think this will be the injection the looter shooter franchise needs to become a heavy-hitter in the gaming world once more?