The next era of Destiny 2 has been revealed. We are now entering an era of darkness. Bungie announced a ton of content and changes coming to the game very soon during a reveal stream this week (at the time of this posting).
Fans were told content was not only dropping in the fall with Beyond Light, but over the next couple of years. Many reveals were expected: Details on Season 11, a new destination in the fall (Europa), new raids, next gen support, and a hint at cross-play in 2021. Luckily, there have been a ton of surprises along the way.
In case you missed the stream, we’ve compiled a list of all of the important details that you need to know about Destiny 2 and its pending darkness.
Season of Arrivals
After literally no information on the upcoming season, Season of Arrivals begins only a couple hours after the stream ended.
“If you’re excited about the start of ‘Beyond Light’ and where we’re headed, ‘Season of Arrivals’ is kind of like a prelude. It’s really setting up that story”Mark Noseworthy (Destiny 2 General Manager)
We got a short reveal trailer for the season during the stream of ‘Destiny 2: Season of Darkness’, but even that didn’t show much. See for yourself:
What we do know is this: The pyramid ships have arrived on certain planets, Oryx’s sister and the hive will be involved, there’s a new exotic quest, Rasputin has gone offline, and there’s a new public event involving the pyramids.
Also, at 5 p.m. PDT on June 9, there’s a brand new dungeon involving the Nine that’s free for all players. And that’s about it. We still don’t really know anything concrete, which is refreshing after previous seasons of knowing too much.
Season of Arrivals is available right now for $10 wherever you play Destiny 2.
A Brand New Subclass and element: Darkness
Since the beginning of the ‘Destiny’ franchise, there have been three elements and a subclass for each: solar, arc, and void. For the first time in the game’s history, they will be adding a fourth one, darkness.
This is massive news as this will bring along new supers, abilities, damage types, and weapons to accompany it. Out of all of the announcements during the stream, this is the one that will change the game the most as it will quite literally change the way people play ‘Destiny 2.’
From a technical perspective, ‘Destiny 2’ is one of the largest games of all time and it only continues to grow. There are limitations to this size, but Bungie may have found the perfect work around. Just as each Fall brings the “typical major DLC drop,” Bungie will be removing less-used activities and destinations from the game, and replace them with new ones.
This doesn’t mean they’re gone for good; however. Bungie will be putting these in what they call the “Destiny Content Vault” (or “DCV,” as Luke Smith says). Here, they will rework these activities and destinations to possibly return in the future.
Here’s the best part.
Not only does this allow for new content to come into ‘Destiny 2,’ but also allows for old content. For example, Mars, Titan, Io, Mercury, and the Leviathan will be leaving the game this fall. Alongside Europa, the Cosmodrome will be returning this fall along with all the accompanying strikes. The Vault of Glass, Destiny’s first ever raid, will also be returning later on in year four.
As old content is cycled in, legacy players can revisit their favorite places, and new players can experience it with them for the first time.
The NExt 2 Years of Content
When Bungie and Activision teased they would be revealing the next era of ‘Destiny 2,’ they weren’t kidding. They revealed the names of the next two fall expansions in a new trailer: The Witch Queen and Lightfall (working title).
Each of these expansions seem to be dealing with the darkness to some extent. It’s definitely interesting that 2022’s ‘Lightfall’ of the ‘Destiny 2’ projects has a pyramid ship on it, as most players probably didn’t expect them to last that long.
Other than that, not much is known about them. However it’s incredibly rare that we know the names of them this early in advance, so this is pretty big.
The biggest takeaway from this is that Bungie will be supporting ‘Destiny 2’ for a long time. They are doubling down on their goal of turning it into a single, ever-evolving world. Now, they can finally do that with their new method of cycling content to limit the file size.
‘Destiny 2’ is here to stay, and it’s going to be one heck of a journey. For additional information on Beyond Light and the future of this gaming franchise, visit Bungie.net.