BUNGIE isn’t shy about hiding easter eggs and teases in its games… but is the new theory going around just wishful thinking?
Destiny 3 is now becoming a more tactile reality.
A few months back, Bungie and publisher Activision parted ways – with Bungie deciding to take charge of everything with its immensely popular gaming series from this point on, leaving Activision to focus on Call of Duty and its other projects.
That means Bungie will be able to focus on Destiny 3 unimpeded by Activision – that is to say, with full creative control over the project.
To that end, has the studio started teasing the next game in the series already? It looks like it may have…
Long story short, as of Destiny 2’s new content drop – Season of the Drifter – introduces some new narrative threads that suggest that the player and the vendor in charge of the game’s Gambit mode (the eponymous Drifter) are both disliked by other characters in the game.
It also suggests that player-favourite character, Cayde-6 – who was offed earlier in the game’s life – was eliminated by a weapon potentially granted during a Drifter quest from March 12.
So what does all this have to do with Destiny 3?
Well, alongside rumours that Destiny 3 will take a darker tone anyway, it looks like Bungie is setting players up to fight against The Tower (and maybe even see us have to fight against our previous Light-power with some new Darkness…)
Other rumours about the upcoming game suggest that Destiny 3 will follow a similar release and content schedule to the other Forsaken games.
This means a release in 2020 (a PS5 and Xbox Two launch game?) with a big expansion in September, followed by smaller pieces of content.
The leaker revealed: “The development its starting right now. Chris Barrett game director. Luke Smith still there in a big role.”
The well-respected leaker has said the game will feature Guardians using the Darkness. You can also expect PvEvP patrol zones – and one of these will be set on Europa.
According to the leaker the game will be “even more ‘hardcore-ey” than Forsaken, heavily focusing on RPG elements.
It’s worth mentioning it won’t be like The Division’s Dark Zone, and will be more “like fight for a territory”.
When will Destiny 3 Release?
A sequel to Destiny 2 seems more a question of when, not if. And according to a new report, via GameSpot, research firm Cowen and Company has suggested we could see Destiny 3 as early as 2020.
Cowen & Company believe that the initial deal between Activision and Bungie called for a new Destiny game every two years. However, in the past few years this was changed to one new game every three years.
With Destiny 2 having launched in 2017, it would suggest planning would have been underway for a Destiny 3 launch in 2020. The question is, will the split between the two companies mean that Bungie push back a Destiny 3 release further? Perhaps into 2021?
Only time will tell, but either way, Cowen and Company ultimately believe the decision to break away from Activision is best for the future of Destiny as a franchise.
According to the company, the decision for Bungie and Activision to part ways was largely due to Destiny 2 not providing a “recurring revenue stream” which Activision wanted.
“Ultimately, we think this decision is probably for the best for Destiny as a franchise, as we think having two head cooks in the kitchen with somewhat divergent views created some issues with the development process and led the game down some blind alleys,” Cowen said.
“Destiny was a worthwhile attempt by Activision to build another cornerstone franchise, one that just didn’t quite pan out as they had hoped (underlining once again the high difficulty of creating and managing a successful live service game business), in our view.”