Bungie's sequel to 2014's Destiny will be developed for PC alongside PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, according to reports. Expected to launch in 2017, the project is also being described as a proper sequel that starts again from scratch and leaves existing player characters behind.
Kotaku has backed up the claims of NeoGAF user benny_a, who claimed publisher Activision had informed employees in an internal presentation that Destiny 2 will launch on PC. Vanilla Destiny and its expansions were not released on PC, so this would open the series up to a huge new audience.
Jason Schreier's report for Kotaku also describes how he has heard that "Bungie's leadership wants Destiny 2 to feel like a proper sequel, even if that means leaving old planets, characters, and activities behind". This would likely mean that no progress from Destiny and its expansions to date would carry over.
"D2 is a completely different game," someone familiar with development told Kotaku. "The Taken King [released in September 2015] was a reboot for Destiny 1 to fix small things. This is the overhaul to fix big things."
While hugely popular, most would agree that Destiny has never quite reached its potential as an online-only first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. The original release was short on story and, in the eyes of some, short on content. Subsequent expansions built to the release of The Taken King, which gave players their best glimpse at what Destiny could be.
The latest, and presumably last expansion before the sequel, Rise of Iron, ditched support of the Xbox 360 and PS3, and hints at what will be possible with those older consoles in the rear-view mirror.
Kotaku's report describes "play-in destinations", a phrase it says we'll hear a lot in regard to Destiny 2. "The plan, from what I've heard, is for Destiny 2's planet areas to feel more populated with towns, outposts, and quests that are more interesting than the patrol missions you can get in Destiny."
This is the latest report in a string from Kotaku. In January, it reported that Destiny 2 had been delayed from its September 2016 target release window, and it also offered an in-depth look at the problematic development of Vanilla Destiny.
In February Activision confirmed Destiny 2 could be expected in 2017.