'Destiny 2' gameplay details, video revealed; September release date

“Destiny” took players across the solar system to fight off the forces that would decimate Earth. For four years warlocks, sentinels, and hunters tracked down those enemies, defeated them, and claimed a lot of loot and power along the way.

“Destiny 2” strips away all the power and weapons players accumulated over the years and battles to challenges them to rise again in a new character-driven story and group activities, across new planets and facing new foes as the game launches on Sept. 8. Details about the new title were revealed in a livestreamed event on May 18.

In the story, a new villain, Gaul, and his Red Legion army from Mars believe the Traveler and its powers belong to them. They attack the last safe city on Earth and render the Guardians powerless. Players will be getting new abilities and weapons as they fight back to reclaim their home.

The team at Bungie wanted all players to get a fresh start and hopefully draw in those who have never played “Destiny” before because they may have been overwhelmed. Solo players will find plenty to do, and a new feature called Guided Games will help lone wolves still get involved in bigger challenges with other players as they choose.

“’Destiny 2’ has a great story, an iconic new villain, awesome characters you want to go on an epic adventure with, and of course, tons of the amazing gameplay that ‘Destiny’ is known for,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “We, along with our partners at Bungie, have listened carefully to our community, and have added thoughtful innovations that make the game, and all of its content, more accessible to more types of players than ever before.”

The announcement also emphasized team play and community building with the inclusion of clans to allow players to group together for battles and share in the rewards of success. Countdown is an all-new competitive multiplayer mode as well as a three-player cooperative activity on a new map called Inverted Spire.

The game will be available on PlayStation 4 with additional, timed exclusive content and on the Xbox One. It will also be available on PCs exclusively through Blizzard’s online gaming service, Battle.net.

"As ‘Destiny’ fans, we were excited to learn that the sequel was coming to PC," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're pleased to support ‘Destiny 2’ as the first non-Blizzard game on our platform, and we look forward to joining fellow Guardians in their fight against the Red Legion."

The developer announced a beta version of the game will be available to all players prior to the September release. There was no announcement on the date of the beta.