Bungie showed off the first gameplay footage of their upcoming game, Destiny 2 today.
When I tell people that I still play video games, what I really mean is that I play Destiny. The first game was a intoxicating mix of first person shooting, loot collecting, PvP goodness and great cooperative experiences in strikes and raids. It is not a perfect game, but it really respects the time of adults who have busy lives, and encourages positive social interactions. It's one of my favorite games ever made.
It looks like Bungie is making some smart decisions when it comes to the sequel. They are fixing some of the glaring mistakes they made in the first game by bringing clans into the game, allowing for easier matchmaking in the game's raids and PVP. They are also brining the game to PC and teaming up with Blizzards online platform, Battlenet. If there is any service that makes since to host an MMO like game, it would be Battlenet.
It's hard to make any judgements about a game that people will be playing for years by the first trailer alone. The graphics and gameplay stay pretty close to the feel of the original game. They are obviously using a lot of the same assets from Destiny 1, but have a lot of additional effects going on. The real test of the game will be the amount of content there is to play after players have beaten the main story and gotten their characters to max level. If there was a real knock on the first game it would have been the lack of endgame content. This is something that Bungie spent two years trying to get right, and finally got to a good place with it about four months ago.
I was excited, if not entirely blown away by what Bungie had to show today. It's clear that they are continuing to tweak the formula on a genre of game they basically invented, while not completely changing up what people loved about the first game. I look forward to seeing more of what the game has to offer in the months leading up to release. They announced that there will be a playable demo later in the summer, but did not give a concrete date. Until then I will have to continue to sharpen my skills in Destiny 1's PVP and raids.
Here's a great review of the first Destiny, which pretty much sums up my experience with the game: