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Will Destiny 2 Ever Figure Out What Game It Wants to Be?

I'm scared Destiny 2 is transforming into a clunky Fortnite-WoW mash-up. Will Bungie ever figure out what it wants the game to be?

  • Destiny 2 held its first live community event earlier this month.
  • It’s possible we’ll see two factions form within the game.
  • That sounds oddly familiar… and it’s not the only uncanny similarity.

Earlier this month, Destiny 2 debuted its very first Fortnite-style live community event. And the general response to it was… meh.

Still, this was something that Bungie has been wanting to do with the game for a while, and it was nice to see it happen. It’s a good start that the developers can build on.

But the studio wasn’t done grabbing elements from other games. Because after cribbing from Fortnite, they copied a few ideas from a different – but just as popular – online multiplayer game: World of Warcraft.

For the Horde… er, Light!

Paul Tassi over at Forbes recently published an insightful column regarding the current and (possibly) upcoming changes to Destiny 2 as the game begins to lead into its next expansion, Beyond Light.

Destiny’s ultimate villains, the Darkness, have been teased since the very first game – and they’re finally showing up. Tassi seems to feel like we’re going to see a split between characters, much like WoW’s Horde/Alliance schism.

I’m willing to bet I speak for plenty of longtime fans when I say that we don’t want to play another Fortnite/WoW rip-off. | Source: Bungie

This is starting to feel like a trend.

Sure, if you’re going to borrow elements from other games, you could do a lot worse than Fortnite or WoW.

And it’s hard to fault Bungie for making changes that they feel their player base is going to enjoy. As a fairly regular Destiny 2 player, I can’t say the possibilities don’t intrigue me.

On the other hand, I was originally drawn to the game in the first place because I had never played anything like it before. Not because I needed more Fortnite and World of Warcraft in my life.

I’m Worried Destiny 2 Is Making a Big Mistake

When Bungie split from Activision and began controlling and publishing Destiny 2 on their own, fans like me were excited at the possibilities.

Without a huge corporate behemoth to answer to, we figured that Bungie would take some big risks and try new things. Making the base game – now called “New Light” – free to play was a really good start.

As it stands, though, consider me concerned.

Call me an alarmist if you want. But I’m willing to bet I speak for plenty of longtime fans when I say that we don’t want to play another Fortnite/WoW rip-off.

We want to play Destiny 2.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:01 PM

Kevin C. Sullivan

Born in Ohio and raised in Illinois and Iowa, Kevin began writing professionally in 2000 from his dorm room at Iowa State University. He splits his professional time between writing news and features on the gaming world and sports. He lives outside of Austin, TX. Reach out to me at kevinchristophersullivan@gmail.com