Destiny Developer Bungie Working on New Game

The next two weeks could make or break the 'Destiny' franchise

Just two months after Tencent bought a 5% stake in Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft to save it from a hostile takeover, NetEase is now pumping US$100 million into Halo's creator Bungie. NetEase operates several online games in mainland China, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and StarCraft 2.

Year two of Destiny 2 will also have an "annual pass" with "premium content releases" that Bungie says will feel a little different than the expansions we saw this past year, Curse of Osiris and Warmind. Further, one player at a time can travel to the other team's arena to harass them and impede their efforts.

Bungie has faced a lot of flak in recent years over its cooperation with publisher Activision in the Destiny series.

Destiny 2's first incarnation had static rolls for weapons - in other words, every weapon would always have the same stats - but Forsaken will bring back random stat rolls, allowing Destiny players to return to the loot-hunting compulsions for which the first game was known. In fact, some fans and critics have questioned whether the franchise is dying out, as player numbers shrink.

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PvP and PvE will be "married" like never before which will be showcased the most through the new mode, the previously mentioned Gambit.

"With an absorbing new story, created by High Moon Studios in partnership with Bungie, Destiny 2: Forsaken offers core players an epic experience, and offers a compelling entry point for new players". This can be seen with the Activision deal for Destiny, but with investment from NetEase, it could allow Bungie to free themselves of overbearing publishers. According to Bungie, they're "deadly". The developer's aim is instead "to become an entertainment company that sustains many worlds simultaneously - Destiny and new worlds to come".

This is apparently the new game mode Activision mentioned during its investors call. You get to play how you want, whether it's Destiny 1's weapon slot system, Destiny 2's, or even insane new loadouts like triple-shotguns. "Destiny is an experience that will grow for many years to come", explained Bungie.

New raids, new collections - new incentives to play.

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