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It’s a big day for fans of the video game franchise Destiny.

On Thursday, publisher Activision Blizzard revealed the first footage of gameplay for Destiny 2, which will launch in September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game is developed by Bungie, the studio behind Halo, the video game franchise partially responsible for the success of the Xbox brand.

After watching the reveal of Destiny 2, live streamed from Jet Center in Hawthorne, Calif., it appears the sequel is mostly sticking to the formula of the original. But there are some notable changes.

Here’s what we learned about Destiny 2.


1. ‘It’s a game about recovery’

That’s how game director Luke Smith describes the experience in Destiny 2. The series focuses on Guardians, protectors of the last city on Earth. In the sequel, that city has been overtaken by a new villain and his army, the Red Legion. It also means players must start over, reclaiming their powers and their gear. “Ultimately, it’s a game about losing everything,” said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.


2. Each class gets a new Super ability

Like the first game, Destiny 2 features three classes: the Titan, who prefers direct military combat; the Warlock, who relies more on supernatural powers; and the Hunter, leaning on covert strategies to defeat opponents. Each class boasts new Super abilities they can use to gain an advantage. The Warlock’s Dawnblade features a fiery sword players wield while flying in the air, flinging fireball-like projectiles at enemies. There’s also the Titan’s Sentinel, which basically transforms them into Captain America by adding a shield to bash enemies. Hunter gets a superpowered staff called the Arcstrider.


3. The Crucible adds a new match type

The game will feature a single-player campaign, cooperative missions like raids and strikes, as well as competitive matches within The Crucible. The mode will feature a new match type, Countdown, where one team defends an area from an opposing group of attackers.

 

Along with these modes are plans to introduce even more expansions to keep fans happy. “We have an approach to supporting Destiny 2 that we think is going to keep up with the demand for new content,” says Hirshberg.


4. Clans will finally arrive (as will Guided Games)

Finally, players can group together in Clans, complete with their own custom appearances. But the more interesting element is Guided Games, which allows solo players to find other players to participate in previously inaccessible events.

Hirshberg says it’s part of a plan to open up the game to more players. “The big priority was really about taking all the incredible innovative and fresh ideas from Destiny 1 and making them accessible to all players.”


5. It’s coming to PC, thanks to Blizzard

Activision had already revealed Destiny 2 was headed for PC. The real news is the is only available through Blizzard’s Battle.net service. Sorry, Steam users.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.