From the looks of it, Destiny 2 will be a disappointment among both the gaming press and fans when it launches this Fall. Evident in the title's beta, which is now live for all users with online subscriptions, the sequel feels like the same game The Taken King, the original's last expansion, morphed the franchise to be.
Seeing as how this information is readily available to everyone with an internet connection, why do people still seem to care about Destiny 2? The answer, I believe, simply lies in marketing.
Activision intends to sell the sequel to gamers in a similar way that the publisher sold the original game to us. Let's face it: if the first Destiny didn't have the major publisher's push plus massive support from Sony behind it, there's no way it would have sold as well as it did. The game averaged mediocre reviews across the gaming press, something that would've spelled a less favorable income from publishers like Square Enix. I wouldn't be surprised if Destiny 2 follows the same exact narrative, releasing to lukewarm reception but still raking in the big bucks. And I don't think this is necessarily a good thing for the industry.
One could argue that the biggest draw the franchise has is its gameplay and that alone could carry it into the next generation of consoles and beyond – a valid point, given how successful games in Nintendo's wheelhouse of intellectual properties have become. The difference lies in legacy and nostalgia cache, two things that Bungie's shooter doesn't benefit from simply because it's a relatively new IP. The franchise just doesn't have the transcendent appeal either, catering mostly to fans of its respective genre and undoubtably serving as a Call of Duty replacement for many.
Speaking of Activision's other commercial giant, it's strange that Call of Duty: WWII actually diverges more its recent history than Destiny does. It'd be interesting to see how each performs this season and whether or not they meet their sales goals, or if one will end up cannibalizing another. From my perspective, WWII seems like a welcome return far more worthy of attention than Destiny 2, but that could just be me.
If one thing's for certain, the sequel has a lot to live up to. If it winds up being a successful sequel due to marketing push alone, that would be unfortunate, as it proves that those that have money to invest from the outset have the liberty to pump out ok-at-best games just for everyone to eat it up. If it doesn't, then the strength of the gaming community will be shown at full force, proving that innovative and creative titles ultimately drive better sales. We just have to wait and see.
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