Bungie has remained very quiet with reference to what’s coming subsequent in Destiny 2, even with the upcoming arrival of a season that’s scheduled to start right this moment. In a stay stream to kick off that new season, the developer has in the end pulled again the curtain on the present content material – entitled the Season of Arrivals – and in addition shared a for much longer time period plan for this autumn’s enlargement, which shall be referred to as Destiny 2: Beyond Light. And if that wasn’t sufficient, we additionally acquired a tease for the long term trajectory of the storyline and journey, with names for the expansions releasing in 2021 (The Witch Queen) and 2022 (Lightfall).
After a pre-show that highlighted Bungie’s challenges in working remotely in latest months, and the shifts that the group has made to its teamwork and charitable giving, the timer ended and the stream acquired began. But that stream started on a somber notice, with Bungie taking time to acknowledge the dying of George Floyd, with a virtually 9 minute interval of silence, in keeping with the time period that Floyd had a knee pressed into his neck, resulting in his dying.
After the prolonged silent pause, the stream shifted to its anticipated give attention to the brand new points coming to Destiny 2. We acquired a trailer and an announcement of launch date for Destiny 2: Beyond Light, which can arrive on September 22. In addition to revealing Europa (the brand new Destination) the massive reveal was the return of the Stranger, a personality not seen for the reason that unique core recreation of the primary Destiny.
We acquired an excellent little bit of element in regards to the season that begins right this moment. Season of Arrivals (the sport’s eleventh season) focuses on the long-hinted arrival of the Pyramid ships in our photo voltaic system, and can see Guardians preventing within the literal shadow of those ships, with new public occasions on the moon of Io. Players may even start to find “Messages of Darkness” on Io over the course of the season, which presumably begins to supply some clues into the character of this power that has been teased for the reason that launch of the franchise in 2014. Players may even have the chance to dive into a brand new dungeon, launching later right this moment. The Prophecy dungeon (launching right this moment at 5pm Pacific) will supply up the brand new DAITO Foundry armor, in addition to reprised variations of the armor units from Trials of the Nine, and the broader focus of the Dungeon is on the fiction parts surrounding the mysterious group referred to as The Nine. In a separate notice to media, Bungie additionally detailed a brand new strategy to rewards in Season of Arrivals; gamers will be capable to “focus” new engrams, serving to to decide on and fine-tune the character of their rewards.
On the topic of rewards, we additionally realized the title and nature of one in all this season’s new exotics, which immediately unlocks for season move house owners. Witherhoard is an unique grenade launcher.
While Season of Arrivals is clearly meant to be a transition season into the subsequent main arc for Destiny 2, this fall’s Destiny 2: Beyond Light is a full-fledged enlargement that goals to dramatically change the sport. Today, we realized that gamers will face a brand new enemy menace above and beneath Jupiter’s frozen moon of Europa. Europa shall be a completely new vacation spot, which incorporates glaciers, a misplaced Braytech facility, and different mysteries, in addition to a brand new six-person raid far beneath the floor, referred to as the Deep Stone Crypt.
In holding with the enlargement’s title, Beyond Light additionally introduces a brand new energy supply that’s rooted in Darkness. Stasis is a brand new elemental energy in the identical vein because the Arc, Solar, and Void energy sources that gamers have utilized thoughout the lifetime of the franchise. While we all know that Stasis shall be used in another way by Warlocks, Titans, and Hunters, Bungie is holding off on further particulars till later in the summertime.
Finally, Beyond Light additionally presents an enormous new improvement for one of many central enemies we already know – the Fallen – as a brand new chief rises of their midst. After quite a few setbacks that Guardians have inflicted on the Fallen over the course of the Destiny storyline, the remnants of these scavengers will now unite beneath a Kell named Eramis. As the fiction has lengthy instructed, Eramis as soon as wielded the Light as Guardians do, earlier than she was deserted by the Traveler. We can solely hope that we’ll lastly be taught extra about that earlier dynamic and the sooner historical past of the Traveler, and what actually led the Fallen to amass their title.
We acquired a glimpse of among the gameplay on Europa, together with a take a look at the brand new Stasis energy supply. Subsequently, an prolonged video helped to chart the top-level story factors from your complete life cycle of the Destiny franchise. Bungie’s Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy spoke about some essential modifications deliberate for the sport, together with a transfer away from among the FOMO, and modifications to the search log.
In right this moment’s stream, Bungie additionally supplied subsequent to no element about later plans for Destiny 2, however just by providing names and time frames, we are able to draw some essential conclusions. First, in contrast to Destiny 2’s launch in 2017 after a three-year life-cycle for the primary recreation, Bungie has no instant plans to maneuver on to Destiny 3. Instead, Destiny 2 will stay the central platform for a while, probably a minimum of till the autumn season of 2023. Bungie additionally dedicated to the concept every of the expansions will function a brand-new vacation spot. The names of the intervening expansions are additionally essential. The Witch Queen, coming in 2021, is a reference to Savathûn, the sister of Oryx; her manipulations and deceptions have been an enormous a part of the lore in the previous couple of years. The title, The Witch Queen, echoes The Taken King title, once we fought and defeated her brother. Lightfall, the 2022 enlargement, suggests darkish occasions forward for the Guardians and the Traveler – a minimum of if we take issues at face worth. Given that this fall will see our Guardians already flirting with calling on powers of Darkness, it’s not onerous to think about that the storyline goes to be taking some bleak turns over the subsequent few years of gameplay.
Beyond particular expansions, we additionally garnered some intriguing particulars about broader points of the sport, together with next-gen plans for Destiny 2. The next-gen model of the sport will run in 4K and at 60 FPS, and when you’ve got any current Destiny 2 content material (together with this fall’s Beyond Light enlargement) you’ll be capable to take that with you, free of charge, to next-gen. The recreation will function inter-generational cross-play inside console households. So, PlayStation 5 gamers will be capable to play with PlayStation Four gamers, and Xbox Series X gamers will be capable to play with Xbox One gamers.
And what about cross-play outdoors of console households? Bungie is remaining cagey, however they’re exploring the idea. If it does come, it will likely be after this 12 months.
And, final however definitely not least, Bungie has some dramatic plans for the way it handles its older locations shifting ahead, as locations from earlier installments are reintroduced, and current locations in Destiny 2 are shuffled out of circulation and put into what they’re calling the Destiny Content Vault. Mercury, Io, Titan, and Mars are all scheduled to enter the vault in Year 4, whereas the brand new Europa vacation spot, an enhanced model of the Cosmodrome (and a few of its associated strikes) from Destiny 1, in addition to the Vault of Glass, will all come again into circulation in 12 months 4.
It’s loads of content material to digest, however it’s clear that Bungie has some large plans for tips on how to shepherd the Destiny franchise over the approaching years. In the meantime, we’re desperate to see how this present season performs, and like all the remainder of the Guardians on the market, we shall be checking that out over the approaching days.