Destiny 2 is officially set to launch in Fall of 2017. The news comes straight from an Activision Shareholders meeting, in which executive Eric Hirschberg provided an update for the game:
"The cornerstone of that is a great cinematic story...That's been a real focus with a great cast of memorable, relatable characters, coupled with some very nice ways to make the game more accessible to a casual player, without losing anything that our core players love. We've made it more accessible to someone who just wants to have a great more casual first-person action experience."
The sequel to Bungie's game has been talked about as early as 2 years ago and was at one point scheduled to launch in September of last year. Developers ultimately decided to "reboot" the story of the game and improve upon it. Those who liked "The Taken King" expansion will be glad to hear that the team in charge of that story will be heading up the main storyline for Destiny 2.
One question that has not been answered yet is whether players will be able to port over their character from the original Destiny into the new version of the game, which is being described as "more accessible to someone who wants a casual first-person experience". Talk like that threatens the notion of a hard reset on character profiles, or at least the removal of items that may present others with an advantage over new players. I never viewed Destiny as complex, but certainly understand how it's gameplay and raid system is more nuanced than the typical Halo title.
I'm sure we'll be seeing a trailer and maybe some gameplay at E3. We'll keep you posted on anything else that happens before then.