By CCN.com: Destiny, the game franchise which Bungie has used to inspire players to invest millions of hours into their product, is becoming free-to-play for vanilla content. Beyond free-to-play, Destiny 2 will be getting cross-platform play, though much later on.
Rumors have begun circulating that Bungie will double-down on Destiny 2. If they do, Bungie may cancel Destiny 3 and invest all of their time into building the franchise. Bungie knows how frustrating the full-reset transition was for hardcore players, they seem unlikely to put the community through it again. Especially after the discussions surrounding moving toward a much more targeted, hardcore fanbase.
Base Destiny 2 is going to become a free-to-play game on Steam, PSN, and Xbox. Bungie will retain their microtransaction system and begin selling DLC expansions piecemeal, like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Now that Bungie has broken up with Activision, players are excited to see what the firm can produce.
Bungie has confirmed their intention to support cross-play, the abolition of console-based content advantage, and a swift transition to Steam. Offering the vanilla game for free may enable Bungie to aggregate a larger and more devoted fan base. This may prove especially true when combined with cross-platform play. Users may take a greater personal investment in the game through their friends.
Friends must choose which consoles and games to play based on their social circle, lest they lose their tribe. Bungie and Infinity Ward both are breaking down walls. Cross-play will allow them to capitalize on users who’ve been segregated by console for several years.
Bungie once strayed from the MMORPG aspects of the game, including grinding for loot drops, but they quickly realized that grind added substantial replayability and depth to the game. Players also lit Bungie up for blowing hundreds to thousands of gameplay hours away in a sequential series of games. Many players did not enjoy the full-reset aspect of the game and the latest set of exotic quests, like Zero Hour and Truth questline leave players fearful of another full-reset.
Thankfully, Bungie has decided to double-down on stats customization through mods and return to a more colorful, player-focused method of development. Rumors say that Bungie will not be releasing Destiny 3. The community expects Bungie to focus up on Destiny 2, allowing players to retain a high quality-of-life in the game, while allowing Bungie to continuously expand the game world, creating more depth and playability. There is also speculation that Destiny (the original) may be absorbed by Destiny 2.