Destiny 3 Probably Won't Look Much Like Destiny 2

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The future of the Destiny franchise looks bright and unpredictable, with another potential sequel presenting interesting questions and opportunities.

It's hard to believe that Destiny 2 is nearing the end of its 13th season of content, especially as the first installment saw far fewer core content updates. In addition to Season of the Chosen, Destiny 2 will have a few more seasons in 2021 and then kick off 2022 strong with The Witch Queen. Bungie looks more ambitious in its predictable expansion cycles and has indicated that it is gearing up for the long haul regarding the Destiny 2. However, this does not rule out the possibility that a Destiny 3 exists.



Starting with Shadowkeep, Destiny 2 evolved from its origins and effectively transitioned to an MMO across content, monetization, and even marketing. As such, fans expect Destiny 2 to be supported for a considerable number of years. Even so, the studio has understandably not established that Destiny 3 will never happen. In fact, Bungie's current roadmap puts a Destiny 3 beyond 2024 at the very least. This is largely due to the changing workforce at Bungie, its recent growth, and the studio's willingness to tackle multiple game projects at once. Destiny may expand into other forms of media and the franchise's future is unknown and promising.

The only thing fans can safely assume is that Destiny 3 will only release, if at all, once major content updates for Destiny 2 have ceased. More realistically, Bungie will complete another, currently unknown, story "saga" within Destiny 2, given that the post-Lightfall expansion proves to be a strong ending to the first. Referred to as the "Saga of Light and Darkness", this arc has been unfolding over the years and Bungie had stated last summer that it will climax with Lightfall. It's a healthy move, as fans will naturally grow weary of the pyramid ships and the threat of the Hive gods if the same underlying narrative tensions persist in another sequel.



Knowing this, in terms of story and setting, Destiny 3 will feel different from its predecessors as the core narrative struggle of the previous games will have concluded by then. Regarding the gameplay and systems, it will probably also introduce significant changes. The obvious reason is that video game media is constantly evolving and Bungie will either adapt to trends or simply continue to shape the franchise over time, however it sees fit.

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The other reason is that veteran fans prefer not to have a Destiny 3 in the same vein as Destiny 2. When the first sequel came out, Bungie effectively erased all previous progressions and loot and provided a very similar game in return. Many disliked this blank approach, particularly as they felt the sequel didn't make enough changes, or even the right changes. The studio was back to square one, reinvigorating the game the following year. So Destiny 3 may not be a sequel in the way Destiny 2 was at launch.


This was also during Bungie's partnership with Activision, and with the split now behind us, the developer is unlikely to follow suit for a second sequel. As far as fans can tell, some of the early plans have largely been scrapped. With core developers like Luke Smith also taking on different responsibilities under the umbrella Fate, Fate "3" might even be closer to a spinoff or in a different genre. Rather than re-adopting the MMO model, providing a fresh start while continuing the long legacy and incredible breadth of content that Destiny 2 has built up over 7 years or so would undoubtedly be a good move.



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Destiny 2: Beyond Light já  is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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