Let’s call a spade a spade, vanilla Destiny didn’t have much of a story. Sure, you fought aliens and found shiny loot, but what else was there. Maybe they didn’t have time to explain why they didn’t have time to explain (sorry, couldn’t help it). BUT, Bungie has promised a more cinematic story this time around, so lets take a minute, open up our grimoires, and see what kind of story beats we can glean.
The attack on the city was something hinted at for a while now, it was the who that we didn’t know. The trailer answered that, revealing the Cabal as the fiends behind the attack. The particular force sent against the city is the Red Legion, commanded by Ghaul. Now, if you played the game, you may ask, “but Kevin, aren’t there already Cabal on Mars?” Yes there are, but due to the Vex, Taken, and Guardians, the present Cabal are broken and leaderless. This is how the Cabal military operates, break and die or return home victorious. That wasn’t before the remaining forces sent out a distress call, directly to the Emperor, during the Taken King expansion. And, clearly, the message got thru.
Making the Cabal the central threat this time around gives a spotlight to a force that hasn’t really gotten their due in vanilla Destiny or its expansions. This is a shame, because they’re basically an intergalactic Roman Empire. Legions upon legions go out and either conquer or fall, with the best rising to the top. So given the scale and results of the attack, the Red Legion looks to be among the elite.
Then, there are the two expansions available thru the expansions pass. The first teases fans with the Eye of Osiris. In the universe of Destiny, Osiris was a Warlock who delved into the power the Vex have over time. His work drew the ire of the Speaker and Vanguard, resulting in his banishment from the Tower. His followers remained behind, establishing a tournament in the Crucible as a way to recruit. Using him as the basis of an expansion could do for him what Rise of Iron did for Iron Banner. It could also open the door for Bungie to use more dark/fallen figures from the city’s history, like Toland and Dredgen Yor.
The second expansion teased implies that Rasputin, the AI warmind, will be the focus. Yes, Rise of Iron’s story revolved around a tech-plague called SIVA, but these are two completely different entities. SIVA was presented as a tech-plague that could consume/corrupt whatever it spread into. Rasputin, on the other hand, is a sentient, artificial being. Bungie has long teased doing more with the warmind, with it being the original focus of vanilla Destiny in its early incarnations. While that got drastically reduced, it has still been an ever present force, having to venture into his bunker to help defend it from invaders. There have also been teases about the other warminds that existed, which could also play a major factor when expansion two is released down the line.
This is just scratching the surface of what we could see in Destiny 2. I could sit here all day and go into the nitty gritty of the Cabal, the Empire’s command structure, the work of Osiris, or the battles Rasputin has endured, but then we’d be here all day. Just rest assured, knowing Bungie, I think we are in safe hands.