The Evolution of Destiny

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The Destiny franchise has been serving, and Destiny 2 is no exception. With a new edition released almost every year since the initial release of Destiny 2 in 2017, we can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the table with the last edition, Destiny 2: The Final Shape

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Origin Story 

In 2017, fans were hit with the legendary Activision game known as Destiny 2. Praise for this sequel focused on improvements from the original game in its storyline, gameplay, visuals, exploration focus, and its multiplayer aspects.

The game was available on PS4, Xbox One and Windows. In 2019, the game changed from pay-to-play to a free-for-all, changing the path of the Destiny franchise completely.

By releasing a more accessible version, known as New Light, the game found its fame and eventually became available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. 

The changeover to a free game did, however, boot Activision out of the picture and allowed Bungie to acquire the rights to the game in 2018.

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Bungie Takeover

The takeover was met with a roaring success for the developer, Bungie. When they released the fifth expansion pack in November 2020, known as Beyond Light, the premise was that the game would break the mould and change the direction of the Destiny Franchise. The game did exactly that and removed almost half of the older content.

2022 saw the sixth expansion, The Witch Queen, which provided hours of distraction to those isolated at home. The game followed the same character, The Guardian, and was released in four seasons throughout the year. This instalment was definitely a juicy one and satisfied many of the players who were searching for more following the Activision rule. 

The most recent release came out in four parts (similar to the previous editions). The story revolves around The Witness and the new Darkness-based power that allows them to scale and intercept the Neomuna Skyline. This instalment unpacked a lot and lasted way longer than any of the others due to the delays with the upcoming expansion.

Expansions aside, Bungie continues to to introduce new and innovative collaborations as Destiny fans prepare for The Final Shape.

The Final Shape 

The next instalment is set to release on the 4th of June, 2024. The delay was due to layoffs at Bungie as well as the requirement of ‘more time to fine-tune.

This game will have only three seasons or episodes, which will be released throughout the year, known as Echoes, Revenant and Heresy. The game is set to explore the ever-growing conflict between The Witness and The Guardians, as well as the involvement of The Vanguard family. 

New vs Old

The jury is still out on whether or not the change from Destiny to Destiny 2 was well-received. 

The gameplay, storyline and visual appearance all contributed to an overall positive reaction. The game became well-known for its 1st-person shooter mode as well as its multiplayer options. The 2nd version allowed players to play versus other players rather than versus the game itself, as happened previously.  

The final instalment is due to hit the screen soon, leaving fans wondering if there will be a Destiny 3. Will the next release have as big an upgrade as the first? All of the important stuff aside, there are still all of the lawsuits going on, which might even jeopardise Bungie’s ability to release a third game. With Sony Entertainment pulling the strings, who knows what will become of the franchise.

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