If our first look at Destiny 2 gameplay is any indication, Bungie's mega-popular space shooter is evolving in a big way. Destiny 2 is shaping up to be a much more social, accessible game than its predecessor, with robust clan functionality and new features that allow newbies to be paired up with pros for the game's more challenging missions.
From epic new abilities that let you wield swords, staffs and shields to the graphical benefits of the new PC version, here are 7 big changes to look out for in Destiny 2.
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Whether you play as a brute force Titan, a magic-wielding Warlock or a nimble, sharpshooting Hunter, you'll have some exciting new abilities to look forward to in Destiny 2. The Titan Sentinel subclass allows players to toss around an energy shield like Captain America, while Hunters can wield an electrified staff thanks to the Arcstrider ability. Warlocks get to rock the Dawnblade, which is a sword that shoots fire. What else could you want?
Judging by the footage we've seen of Destiny 2's first mission, the game's story mode will be much more immersive and cinematic than the bland shooting galleries from Destiny 1's early days. According to Bungie, Destiny 2 will have significantly more cinematic cutscenes and story missions than the original game. There will also be new side missions called "Adventures" that will allow you to earn loot and learn more about the game's lore.
If you're like me, you probably never completed a Raid in Destiny 1 because of how difficult it was to find five dedicated Guardians to play with. Guided Games aims to fix that. This new feature allows solo players to be matched up with clans for the game's more challenging missions, such as Raids and Nightfalls. It's a win-win for everyone — solo-minded players won't be locked out of experiencing everything Destiny 2 has to offer, while experienced teams looking to help newbies will have an easy means of doing so.
You'll still carry three weapons in Destiny 2, except they're now classified as kinetic, energy and power rather than primary, secondary and heavy. This gives you much greater freedom in terms of picking a loadout, especially since you can put many of the same weapon types in your kinetic and energy slots. Want to bring two powerful pistols into battle or double down on assault rifles? Go nuts.
Destiny 1's competitive Crucible mode consisted of sprawling 6-on-6 battles and intimate 3-on-3 encounters. In Destiny 2, all Crucible matches will be 4-on-4, which should allow for a more consistent multiplayer experience that finds a sweet spot between chaos and strategy.
Destiny 2 features four worlds —Earth, Io, Titan and Nessus —and jumping between them will be much easier this time around. While Destiny 1's tedious travel system made you return to orbit before going to another planet, Destiny 2 will allow you to zip between locations instantly.
Destiny 2 will be the first version of Destiny that can play at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second — if you have a powerful enough gaming PC, of course. The new PC version of the game will have all kinds of customizable settings; you'll even be able to crank it to 144 fps if you have beastly enough hardware, according to PC Gamer. If you're curious how Destiny 2 looks at ultra-HD, you can check out the first-ever 4K screenshots of the game over at Nvidia's GeForce blog.