Here are my notes from the reveal stream, with some concluding thoughts at the end. All of this information is available from the Bungie reveal stream, and is not speculation unless marked as such:
In the beginning of Destiny 2, the Last City has fallen. Dominus Ghaul, leader of the Cabal Red Legion, has laid waste to the Tower and to the City itself, and his legions have torn our home apart.
The reveal trailer shows us fighting through the tower in the first campaign mission, called “Homecoming,” in which we battle alongside the Vanguard until Amanda Holliday deposits us atop some kind of Cabal ship, where we attempt to face down the bad guy.
Unfortunately, we fail, and Dominus Ghaul succeeds in deploying some sort of device that places the Traveler in a cage, instantly draining the Guardians of Light, and causing us to lose our powers. We cannot go back to the Tower.
In response, the Vanguard scatters. Ikora has fled to Io out of anger, Zavala is on Titan healing and having an existential crisis - “Are we Guardians even without the Light?”, and Cayde-6, in attempting to play the hero, has gotten himself into trouble on Nessus. Apparently, the Speaker has disappeared. More on these new worlds below.
In the campaign, we will have to track down and collect the Vanguard, as well as fight the new Red Legion enemy, led by Dominus Ghaul. Dominus Ghaul believes that he, based on his past experiences (which were not elaborated upon), is most worthy of the Traveler’s blessing, and does not understand why Humanity was chosen. He has come to Earth to prove his worthiness, and sees humanity as being in his way. He is not a “psychopath” bent on genocide. Luke Smith described him as “Having his stuff together,” and “Like Alan Rickman in Die Hard.”
Destiny 2 is a game about loss, and transitions into an experience about recovery and reclaiming what is ours.
Shown classes remain the same: Hunter, Warlock, and Titan. Nova Bombs, Defender Bubbles, and Golden Guns were shown but not remarked upon. However, new Super abilities were showcased:
Titan Sentinel: A Titan with a voidlight shield that can be used to block damage, thrown at enemies, or used in melee combat. There also appeared to be some new kind of Striker Titan Dash and a different sort of ‘Ice Wall,’ neither of which were discussed.
Hunter Arcstrider: A Hunter with a staff of arclight that focuses on acrobatic melee combat.
Warlock Dawnblade: A Warlock with a sword made of solar light that can be used in melee combat or to fling ranged attacks. Warlocks also appeared to be able to place some sort of buff zone beneath them, one of which “empowered” the player.
These look pretty awesome.
Weapon loadouts have been revamped to give players more flexibility. Weapons are now divided into three categories:
A variety of new weapons were shown. In addition to hand cannons, sniper rifles, shotguns, pulse rifles, and shotguns, we saw:
A type of SMG
Minigun-like machine guns
A type of fast-firing rocket launcher
I assume we will learn more about this in the coming days. It appears that weapons such as hand cannons occupy the kinetic slot, but I would like to see more information about how these slots will work.
Destiny 2 features four playable worlds:
Earth: The European Dead Zone is now the location of Destiny’s largest playable area, and this is the zone where Humanity flees and attempts to rebuild after the Cabal attack. This camp was founded by Hawthorne, who features in the D2 Preorder, and who once left the City to live in the Wilds.
Titan: Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is covered with a Methane ocean with 40 ft waves, and features a human utopia, a relic of the Golden Age, sinking into ocean. There is no landmass on Titan.
Io: A sulfuric moon of Jupiter, Io is the last place the Traveler touched before it appeared on Earth. Io is a sacred place to the Guardians, and to Warlocks in particular. In the trailer, there appear to be the remnants of some kind of civilization.
Nessus: A centaur, or type of icy minor planet. The Vex have transformed Nessus into a machine world, and it now features native vegetation, large canyons, and plateaus based on tepui, a type of South American highland plateau.
Destiny 2 has revamped the map system. Now, players will be able to use an area map to navigate and discover locations and events. These include:
PatrolsAmbient enoucntersCollectable materialsAdventures*Treasure maps*Public events with treasures*Lost sectors*
*denotes a seemingly new feature
Destiny 2 will emphasize the sense of exploration that players experience. For example, players will be able to discover and unlock secret, hidden dungeons, which will contain both loot and bosses. There appear to be many, many secrets to discover.
Furthermore, there will be more interaction with NPC’s, resulting in numerous side-quests and further adventures.
Destiny 2 features a revamped map system that players will use to uncover and navigate the new areas. Waypoints, such as those corresponding to the activities listed above, will show up on this map. It will also show WHERE and WHEN public events will take place.
In addition, players will no longer have to ‘go to orbit’ to navigate to new locations. The world navigation system will now be usable from anywhere.
Co-operative play was heavily emphasized by all presenters. Bungie attempted to strike a balance between easy matchmaking and ensuring that all players are comfortable with the strangers they are matched with. The notable new features are:
Clans: Clans will no receive official, in-game support. These will offer rosters, tools for fireteam building, custom banners, and shared clan experience and progression. Achievements, whether done solo or in a group, will benefit your clan.
Guided Games: Guided games are a new way for solo players to find a fireteam without joining a clan and while being able to ensure they have a positive experience. Solo players will be able to see a brief summary of clan information, as well as the activity proposed, and will then be able to join the clan for that single activitiy without committing to the clan.
Guided games will open up your party to more players, in case one of your fireteam members must drop out of the activity.
The Crucible has been revamped for 4v4 combat across all game modes. There will also be a new attack/defend mode called “Countdown.” I assume we will learn more in the coming days.
In partnership with Blizzard, Destiny 2 for PC will be available exclusively through Blizzard’s Battle.Net.
“More cinematics than ever.”
There will be a new raid.
There will be new strikes. The strike played at the reveal is called “The Inverted Spire.” You will traverse Red Legion territory to a Vex Stronghold, where you will fight a 3-stage boss.
There will be more quests and story missions
There may (SPECULATION: ENTIRELY UNCONFIRMED) be new vehicles.
There will be “More to do than any game we’ve ever made at Bungie.”
Community, community, community. Destiny 2 was referred to several times by different people as “A world I want to be in, where I can always find people to play with if I want to.” Bungie appears to be focused on making all of D2′s content accessible to more players. This, to me, is a great thing.
Exploration: the words “Open World” were not used, and from the gameplay demo of “Homecoming,” that mission at least appeared quite linear. That’s not to say the rest of the game will be that way, and if the new map system is any indication, we can look forward to a lot more exploration.
I, personally, cannot wait to see the new worlds. It seems like Bungie has done a lot of work to make each location feel unique.
Gameplay-wise, it sounds as though Bungie has learned from D1, and is looking for ways to make D2 more engrossing and meaningful for all kinds of players. If the new strikes have harder, more involved boss fights, it sounds as though we can expect more than the bullet-sponge boss fights that dominated D1.
The revamped weapons system also sounds great, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.
I am unsure about the Crucible being reworked for 4v4. Reference was made to it being “For PvP Players,” although what that means remains to be seen.
The Lords of Iron, ancient warriors from the City’s founding, have no time for mollycoddling. The City remembers Felwinter and Jolder, Skorri and Timur, Radegast and Gheleon and the others, for their invincible patrols during Six Fronts and the Wall-building. The Iron Banner asks Guardians to live up to that legend.
I’ll Never Finish: Somewhere Over the Bifrost, an
MCU/AoS/Wizard of Oz/Return to Oz AU.
internship ended with her boss being whisked away in a freak tornado things
just went from bad to worse. HYDRA revealed themselves to the world, promising
to bring order and stability in these chaotic times. Darcy knew fascist
propaganda when she heard it and promptly found the nearest resistance group
and offered her services. For the next year what time she didn’t spend
researching her boss’s disappearance she spent forging ID’s and passports,
doing her bit to keep Inhumans and those who opposed HYDRA safe. Until one of
them was tortured for her location.
A storm rages
outside as she awaits her compliance training (not a pleasant process judging
by the screams echoing down the corridors) and when the building loses power a
woman with strange red eyes appears and rips the cage door off its hinges. The
strange woman tells her even stranger things; “This is not the world, Darcy!
You have to get out! Find Stark. He’ll help you get to the Tower. The exit is
on the 67th floor. Northwest corner.”
Darcy has a
thousand questions but the moment they reach the exit they’re running, through
the pounding rain pursued by HYDRA agents. As they race through the neighbouring
parklands they take a tumble down a muddy hillside and fall into a surging
river. Darcy clings to her rescuer but the current is too strong and her grip is slipping.
confused, and looking like a drowned rat, Darcy makes her way to Jane’s old
apartment for clothes and supplies. Jane’s jeans are a bit snug, her ex’s blue
plaid shirt a bit big, and the red rain boots are the only shoes that fit her. As
she’s getting ready to leave the building is stormed by HYDRA agents. She’s
rescued by the Soldier, a man with a lot of guns, a brain like Swiss cheese,
and a cybernetic arm he keeps in an old duffle bag because it keeps falling off. He
agrees to help her find Stark, a former billionaire playboy turned recluse who
spends his days soothing his broken heart with whiskey and developing high tech
suits of armour. With a little encouragement he agrees to help them break into
the Obelisk, a skyscraper in New York built by the asshole that stole his company from him.
In the bowels of the building they free Dr Banner, a man in possession of
terrible destructive powers which he is too scared to use.
All Darcy and
her merry band need to do now is make it up 67 stories of one of the most
heavily fortified buildings in the world as HYDRA blocks their escape. How hard
can it be?
The Karasuno Guildhall had been a farmhouse, once, a large but simple structure set amongst the rolling hills. Local lore has it that the great Ukai line of mages were farmers, once, and when the first Guild Master converted his home into the guild’s headquarters, the generations began piling on their own additions. Now, the hall doesn’t look so much like a farmhouse as several farmhouses smashed together. There’s no rhyme or reason to the shape of it, extra wings attached and walls knocked down and towers added without permission over the years. A single metal spire rises out of the center of the building, a large black banner unfurling from it and blowing in the wind. Sugawara-san, the guild’s ranking wind mage, is responsible for the current enchantment that keeps the banner billowing even on the stillest of days. But as a result, anyone can look up and see the clear white characters printed across the ink-black fabric. Fly.
It’s been three months since he’s been back. Kageyama had left just before his birthday, in early winter. It wasn’t an occasion that anyone would mark, anyway, and he only noted it because years and numbers are powerful things, with potent and often unpredictable effects on one’s magic. He’s twenty-one, now, and it’s early spring. The world is bright and new and the fields around the guildhall are bursting with white and orange flowers. It’s quaint and idyllic, and before Kageyama can help himself he calls up his wind magic, letting it blow through the flowers until they’re swaying in a comfortable breeze, dancing around him.
Your magic is so… tame. I didn’t expect you to be such a goody two-shoes.
Her prompt was: You should do a one shot
where jack lets Angela wear his 76 jacket XD I JUST LOVVEE mercy76 fluff
I hope you all enjoy this!
He was sprinting through the empty
streets, jumping from cover to cover. The scouting mission was taking too long
and Soldier: 76 was starting to get nervous. The ghost town of Eichenwalde was
just too silent for his taste. A faint sound broke the silence and a graceful
figure landed right behind him.
“Right beside y…”
He cut her short.
“Hush, Mercy!” He whispered.
“What’s wrong, Soldier: 76?” she
asked, lowering her voice.
“I don’t like this silence, there’s
something odd about it!” he replied, peeking behind the Omnic wreck they were
using for cover.
The Red Wedding happened a week ago. Your boss, Petyr, insists on celebrating the men who “won” this victory, the Red Kings, an assassination group run by the sour-looking Roose Bolton. You, one of Petyr’s favorites, is tasked to find out more about these Red Kings. Who are they? Who are their clients? Who is next?You’re very good at what you do until you meet him. What do you do? Girls like you can’t fall in love. Does the Pretty Bird fly away with him? Or does she ruin the Bloody Bastard and everything he has?
30 June 2015 -
Greenpeace Spain activists climbed a crane near Spanish Congress in Madrid and unfurled a 32-meter banner reading “La protesta es un derecho” (Protesting is a right). Tomorrow a new set of draconian laws curbing the rights of protesters will go into action.
The new law allows fines of up to €30,000 for taking photographs of police officers. Individuals participating in demonstrations outside parliament buildings or key installations could be fined up to €600,000. Those insulting police officers could be fined up €600. Burning a national flag could cost the perpetrator a maximum fine of €30,000. The same fine can be given to people resisting evictions and home repossession. [video]