Bungie has confirmed via a new trailer released today that Destiny 2 will launch September 8, with pre-orders granting early access to the sequel’s beta. The reveal, which you can see above, sadly doesn’t contain any gameplay, although it does once again feature the lovable Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6, as well as his colleagues Ikora Rey and Commander Zavala, two of which can be seen delivering impassioned speeches to the masses, following what appears to be an invasion of the Last City.
Here’s what the official video description has to say about the action that unfolds in the spectacle-laden trailer.
From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel. An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system.
Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.
The burning question on everyone’s lips, then, is who are the Red Legion? Previous leaks had suggested that the Last City and the Tower would be assaulted by Cabal forces in the opening moments of Destiny 2, but it’s currently unclear as to whether this new enemy, led by the mysterious Ghaul, is a splinter group of that race or another entirely.
Besides that, little nods can be gleaned from the footage, including a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Guardians won’t be able to carry over their belongings from the original Destiny to Destiny 2, the reasons for which are now made clear by the trailer showing vaults being destroyed beyond repair.
That’s all for now, but expect Bungie to put the Destiny 2 hype machine into full swing from this moment on. A gameplay reveal livestream is scheduled to be held on May 18.