Got some time on your hands? I sure hope so, because I have a big-ass spinfoil hat on and I’m about to start some speculatin’ – but in a second article because this one turned out to be much longer than I thought it would. Before we venture into those strange and murky realms, though, let’s get all the pesky facts out of the way.
Digital preorders are open on Xbox and PlayStation, not on PC
I’m opening with this because, honestly, if you’re still playing Destiny to this day, nearly three years after it launched, you’re probably getting your hands on it as soon as its available to preorder. This is where you go if you want to buy it on PlayStation or Xbox. Note that when you select PC as your platform for the digital releases (at the time of this writing) the options under ‘Select Retailer’ simply say ‘Coming soon’. You can, however, preorder on Xbox, I know this because I have already done it. PlayStation users can do the same.
The physical versions of Destiny 2 for PC are listed for preorder but not yet available. Amazon, for example, politely tells you the product is not in stock and casually asks whether you would like to be notified as if the fate of Earth itself did not depend on all of us marshalling to fight the Cabal. Blessed Traveler, they need to get their priorities straight.
Anyway, if you select the Standard edition, Expansion pass, Game + Expansion pass, Limited edition, or Collector’s edition on destinythegame.com, you will be able to view the list retailers from which you can preorder and refresh their websites every five minutes until stock actually arrives. Naturally, Gamestop and Amazon are listed, along with a handful of others.
What you get when you preorder
The biggest draw for me personally is early access to the beta. For a list of all the stuff you get on the Xbox digital editions, head on over here. For a list of the stuff you get on the PlayStation digital editions, go here. And the best place to find the contents of the Limited and Collector’s Editions is the official Destiny website.
In the spirit of giving PlayStation users additional content because of platform exclusivity, etc., etc., etc., PS users get a theme that they can use the moment they preorder, along with what I assume is the title music of the game. Title music could be entirely different when the game actually launches, though, so don’t quote me on that.
Besides the theme, there seem to be no differences – the Digital Deluxe edition, for example, offers the sword, the emote, and the Cabal-themed emblem on both Xbox and PlayStation. This is hardly set in stone, though, so if other bonuses crop up over time, those pages are where you’ll find them.
No word yet on whether PS users will also get an exotic hand cannon that will unholster itself and two-tap Gary when his fleet enters Earth’s orbit, immediately ending the game for everybody in the world – but it’s still early.
I thought we might be getting larger fireteams, but I was (probably) wrong
The Destiny 2 page on Xbox One lists multiplayer as being available for 1 to 16 players. I was briefly excited and then decided to check out the Destiny Collection page for Xbox One. 1 to 16 players listed there too. Probably just a standard setting then, that can’t be customized. And it’s pretty early for any sort of announcement in that regard, but bear in mind that’s something to keep an eye out for.
At the time of this writing both Xbox and PS list the required hard drive space as 68 gigs. Naturally, as we move closer to release, this could change but I think it’s unlikely to change significantly. As a small aside, Destiny 2 also has a rating of 4.8 on Xbox One and 4 on PS despite being as unreleased as it is possible for a game to be. Clearly, there are many crazy Destiny fans out there. I love all of you.
That expansion pass, tho
Bungie casually tossed two logos in the image below like it’s no big deal and I’m surprised no one has lost their shit over them yet. Expansion 1 has the symbol of Osiris and Expansion 2 has the symbol associated with Rasputin. At the very least, I think it’s safe to say that we’re getting some amount of Vex content in the first expansion, because, y’know, Osiris.
As for the second, I dunno. Rasputin’s true nature and plans have been teased for a long time and perhaps Saladin’s line about “The Vanguard still believe Rasputin to be simply a Warmind. He hasn’t been that for a very long time.” has some bearing here. Remember that when Rise of Iron was developed, Destiny 2 development was in full swing and the Live Team probably had a good idea about the broad strokes of the overall storyline. This particular piece of dialogue could have been very deliberately plugged in to hint at the story beats in the second expansion of Destiny 2.
What I don’t want is a story that’s completely divorced from the proceedings of Destiny 2, in the way that Rise of Iron was an enormous (and all too short) departure from the events of Destiny, The Dark Below, and The Taken King. That said – I know what I don’t want, but I don’t know what I do want. But we’ll speculate later. This is very long already and I don’t know for how much longer you’ll be able to endure me and my ramblings.
Note, also, that the expansion pass on Xbox has no rating at all – clearly it is of dubious quality and we should think very, very carefully before buying it.
The official description
This isn’t significantly different from what was leaked barely hours before the trailer dropped, but it isn’t a translation from Spanish this time, so I thought it worth including again anyway.
There are a couple of interesting plot-related things there but I’ll save those for another post. There were also a couple of autocorrect issues in the official description – they got the antagonist’s name wrong, and one other thing – I have helpfully made the necessary text changes.
From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel. An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system.
Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by
GhaulGary, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront GhaulGary, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our homepunch Gary in his highly militarised dong.
On both Xbox and PS, the standard version of Destiny 2 will set you back $59.99; the game + expansion pass is $89.99 while the $99.99 (or your regional equivalent).
Well, that’s all folks. If your keen eyes see something I’ve missed, leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it in. Thanks for sticking around to the end of this; I’m working on a breakdown of the trailer and all the story-related elements that we know of – so do come back, won’t you?