Activision Blizzard released its financial results for Q4 2016 yesterday and with them came the news that the planned sequel for their multiplayer shoot and loot game Destiny (tentatively titled Destiny 2) is coming in 2017. The full quote from the financial results ran like this,
Full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.
According to a post on the NeoGAF forums, the publisher further narrowed down the release window and gave some insight into development in a conference call Q&A saying,
Development is going great and is indeed on track for this fall. Big reveal plan, we're going to let the game do the talking. Our team and great partners at Bungie are doing a great job at two fronts
They also added that Destiny 2 would have a "Great cinematic story, great cast of [memorable] characters" and would be "More accessible to casual players, not removing stuff that core players like" and "Coming this fall." It seems that the game will be a full sequel and will not carry over characters or progress from the original game.
A further report on Kotaku today suggests that developer Bungie may have more invested in getting Destiny 2 out this year than just professional pride. According to what the site calls 'sources familiar with goings-on at Bungie,' Activision stands to be awarded a hefty chunk of the studio's stock should they fail to deliver the game in 2017. As we reported last year, it is currently rumored, though not officially announced, that Destiny 2 will be coming to PC as well as consoles and that up to three Activision studios are working with Bungie on the title. For those who may be a little skeptical that we've heard so little about the game to date, it's worth noting that the original game was teased far in advance of its release and ended up generating the kind of hype that the final product couldn't hope to live up to. The developer may be keen to avoid making the same mistake a second time around.
Are you excited for Destiny's sequel or are you keeping your expectations firmly in check this time around? Let us know down in the comments!