With the end of Destiny soon approaching, and the launch of Destiny 2 set for Fall of 2017, many people are wondering what Destiny 2 is all about. Living in the same universe with the current cast of characters in-game today, look forward to a reboot that changes everything about the game today. Bigger and better, of course.

First, bigger.

Destiny 2 is a fully redesigned, in-story destruction of the existing Destiny we know. As of now, multiple reports, including long-standing NEOGAF rumors and insider tips suggest that Destiny 2 will be focused on bringing a more open world to the table. As far back as September of last year (at the Rise of Iron launch) ‘Gaf was talking about changes to the in-game engine, play space improvements and more. To this point the only irrefutable evidence supporting the larger scale of the game is the pure game install size.

According to GameStop’s information, Destiny 2 will require a larger amount of disk space to install on day one than Destiny as it is requires with all the DLC included.

Minimum 68 GB available hard drive storage space required as of September 2017. Storage requirements subject to increase. After September 2017, visit www.destinythegame.com/size-requirements for current requirements prior to purchase.

That’s 25% more, in fact, with entirely new environmental designs to consider, at 14 gigabytes more than today’s installation.

Furthermore, looking at the only trailer that exists today, it’s fairly safe to say that the Earth world will be big enough to have an “open world” feeling. In the trailer released on March 30th, 2017 we can see that Cayde-6 and Zavala are separated while giving motivational speeches. As it is today, Cayde and Zavala are important vendors for players and exist in the same space. Any game designer would know that it’s a bad idea to make your vendors exist in multiple loading screens. These characters are holding an even more prominent role in Destiny 2 as they headline the announcement trailer.

In the pre-release information widely reported before the launch of the original Destiny, we heard of 6 factions existing. This changed dramatically with the departure of a long-time writer within the company, but will likely come to light with Destiny 2. Cayde and Zavala are likely to lead at least one of these new factions along the way. It’s a safe bet to say that either the Queen (of the Reef), her brother, or Xur and The Nine will occupy one of these factions as well. Expect these factions to exist on either the large open world combat space of Earth, or the Saturn zone. As reported, Saturn in Destiny 2 is expected to be the same size as ALL of the current play spaces combined in Destiny 1. That being true, Earth could be expected to be a comparable size, if this is the only other planet we’re fighting on at launch. Expect Earth to exist of territory just inside the city, and beyond the Wall in the Cosmodrome area as both of these spaces are where we find Cayde and Zavala.

Naturally we can expect to see more weapons, more gear and more story and raids to experience, as well as the given “go back and explore the Tower” mission. If you didn’t know from this video, the Tower is destroyed.

Let’s go back to The Nine. Signs from early development of Destiny 1, through what you’ll hear from Xur himself suggest that there’s more to know about the Nine. Expect everything to come forward if The Traveler is actually being destroyed by the Cabal. Why? The Traveler has a “mirror”.

Now, Better

The game is larger. That’s a nice start. Getting rid of many of the loading screens in Destiny – now known as flights through space – that will be nice. Bungie will be getting to the point and letting us shoot things! The biggest complaint people had during the launch of Destiny however was the story.

Before we get too far out, the Traveler has a “Mirror”, so what’s up with that? Xur has been spitting clues out to us about where he’s from, who knows about him, and what he knows about us.

“Your traveler has a dark mirror.”
“I think it is very possible that I am here to help you.”
“It is very possible that the Nine will help humanity.”
“I am only an Agent, the Nine rule beyond the Joveans.”
“The Awoken did not make a choice…but we did.”
“An end will come…we will be there.”
“There are no birds where I come from the things that fly are like shadows.”
“So much light here, I suppose I feel pain.”

So let’s break this down. The Nine want to help, but they can’t directly help. Xur says himself that the light causes him pain. Xur and the Nine live beyond the “Joveans”. The Joveans are planets at or beyond Saturn and Jupiter as “Jovean” planets are giant gaseous planets. Xur is also aware of the fates that the Awoken chose versus what the Nine chose. No one besides the Nine is said to know the details, but the Queen knows. This is a large part of the reason she is in power.

In the same way that Earth is protected by the Traveler, it is safe to assume that the Nine are protected by a mirror. This is very likely to be a critical piece of the Destiny 2 story. As it is today, Xur is only interested in collecting Motes of Light and Strange Coins. He notably says “My function here is to trade…I know this” as well, showcasing that he likely has his own traveler as a mirror that could be restored or have ghosts of their own restored with these Motes of Light. Just as with the Restorative Mind mission, it’s not far fetched to figure that the Mirror could restore the Traveler. The Nine know this, which is why Xur has been around all this time. They fully expect to assist Humanity, the Awoken and all other species defending the solar system.

So…About the Queen.

Mara Sov, known best as the Queen of the Reef served as a gap-span between the Jovian planets and the inner solar system. Her ship was all but destroyed in the early fight between Oryx and the Awoken at Saturn. Many signs in-game pointed to her survival, though it was said that the Queen herself was lost. Her brother Uldren Sov, known as the “crow” survived the battle and suspected that the Queen survived, as he could still sense her.

The Queen once saved our hides from the Fallen who sought to take control of Rasputen for an aboundant supply of Ether. She led a Kell of the Fallen thereafter as we see in the current bits of story. Her brother served as a key component of this fight, attacking and hacking Fallen systems with his “crows”. So why do I keep bringing up the “crows”?

The Nine

If the Nine have had any critical plot interaction at this point, it could well be through the interaction with Uldren the Crow. According to the lore, exactly three Strike teams were lost in this fight.

“My lady, I offer again the only explanation I can: I did not know the Guardians would act as they did. All I had known, all I had ever known, were the ways of the Awoken.
The Wolves were entrenched in that valley. The approaches were blocked, all sight lines covered. An assault on their position was madness. We would have spent precious Awoken lives. For nothing. I saw the Guardians, knew they were on the move, but I assumed they saw the situation as we did. That it was folly to call in the Crows.
Prince Uldren’s fighter wing did a masterful job. The blast was pinpoint precise. The blasts tore apart the Wolves, and the Guardians, and their Ghosts. Three strike teams of Guardians, gone in an instant, on my order. The City’s anger, the Speaker’s condemnation—all earned. All fair.”

Some lesser speculations suggest that your character in Destiny right now is one of these Nine. Based on our understanding of what the Traveler and its Mirror are, it may be that the destroyed Ghosts in this lore explain exactly where the Nine came from.

Nine travelers. Nine Ghosts. Destroyed, and now mirrored beyond the Jovians.

It seems that after 3 long years of Destiny, the invasion of the Cabal directly to our home planet could finally flesh out the most mysterious pieces of the original game. Though the destruction of the Tower means that we’re going to be losing our old gears, the potential destruction of the Traveler could mean that we see all new skills and abilities in our Guardians through the Mirror.

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