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Destiny 2 is out this coming Tuesday, October 24th, on PC, and it would be reasonable to say the hype has died a little following the console launch - the daily Destiny 2 population has dropped 78% since launch. While the game met with a solid reception, the player count for Destiny 2 has been dropping off after fans have exhausted the available content. With Destiny 2 coming to PC late though, PC players have some catching up to do.
The system requirements for Destiny 2 were released for the beta back in August, but Bungie has now updated them with the final specs. There are a few tiny tweaks here but nothing major, so you can expect performance to be on par with what you played in the Destiny 2 beta (if you played it). If you didn't, rest assured it ran smoothly and looked great.
This week, the cacophony of noise coming out of console-ville has been deafening, and there’s only been one topic of conversation - Destiny 2. Activision and Bungie’s MMO-lite shooter is a genuine gaming event, the sort of title we only get once in a blue moon that seems to get just about everyone talking about it, whether they love it or hate it. While millions felt burned by the original Destiny, there were others who persevered and insisted to anyone that would listen that despite all its faults, Destiny was incredible.
Destiny 2 has gotten off to a flyer on consoles, with Bungie revealing it’s already a multi-million seller within days. All signs point to Destiny 2 becoming the biggest game of the year, and it’s only going to get bigger once it debuts on PC. One of the biggest criticisms leveled at the original Destiny though was that there just wasn’t enough to do at launch. Players plowed through the campaign and hit a grinding wall for gear that involved a heck of a lot of repeated content. Bungie looks like it doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice, outlining a packed first month of content for Destiny 2.
For those of you who got to play the Destiny 2 PC beta last week, you probably noticed it played like an absolute dream. Bungie and Vicarious Visions have worked wonders in terms of performance optimisation for Destiny 2, and it shows. We're still about six weeks away from the PC launch, yet if you're still worried about any performance hiccups, think on this: Destiny 2 can run at 4K resolution, 30fps, on High graphics settings with just a GeForce GTX 970. In fact, 4K 60fps in Destiny 2 is possible on a low budget 2017 PC build.
Bungie’s Destiny 2 PC beta begins today, and its arrival is joined by an all-new trailer showing off the European Dead Zone, the largest playable area in the series’ history. They claim there’s going to be a renewed focus on PvE environmental exploring in the sequel, building areas such as the European Dead Zones packed with quests, secret loot and Strikes, comprising both solo and group content.
Finally, the AAA season is upon us. That means games, games, games, putting a strain on all our wallets. Here at GD we want to lighten the load a little for one of you though - we're giving away a copy of Destiny 2, Total Warhammer 2 or Divinity: Original Sin 2 to one lucky winner.
Nvidia’s been busy getting very cosy with Bungie lately, showing off Destiny 2 running at 4K with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. They’re running partnerships with both Bungie and Square Enix, the former getting the special treatment with a dedicated Destiny 2 PC Beta GeForce Game Ready driver, available from today through Geforce Experience.
The biggest game launch of the year is right around the corner - Bungie is just putting the final touches to the feverishly hyped Destiny 2. The MMO-lite's arrival is going to be a mammoth event and one which Bungie and Activision hope can attract a new audience beyond the Destiny faithful, including PC gamers for the first time. They’ve sent along a launch trailer to coincide with Destiny 2’s imminent arrival, setting the scene for the sci-fi space opera to come.
Console gamers are busy gearing up for Destiny 2’s September 6th launch, in all likelihood the biggest gaming launch of the year, but before then PC players will get a little taste of Bungie’s sci-fi sequel with the PC open beta. Its open beta is due to kick off on August 29th and will include the opening story mission, ‘Homecoming’, a co-op Strike, ‘Inverted Spire’, and competitive multiplayer modes in the Crucible. It’ll be available to play through the Blizzard Battle.net client.
Bungie has provided an update on Destiny 2’s PC security features, which as you may be aware blocks a number of third-party applications’ compatibility. In response to the disabling of Fraps, MSI Afterburner, and any other hardware monitoring software, Bungie has now said Destiny 2 will include an in-game FPS counter so PC players can track performance.