One week in advance of this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Bungie fired up its Twitch channel Tuesday morning for a big reveal: the next expansion for Destiny 2 is coming this fall, and it’s called Forsaken. No idea, but it happened. If you’re unfamiliar with Destiny 2, you can check out our review, and the latest expansion pack, Warmind.
A much-needed one, I might add. According to the teaser that Bungie sent out, Destiny 2’s upcoming September expansion will be called Forsaken.
And you know what? First up: A new weapon system. Disappointed fans accused the companies of being greedy with in-game purchases, while others said the game experience simply wasn’t up to standard. From now on, players will decide what slot they will want to equip their weapons into. Three shotguns? Fair enough. Previously this ranged from killing enemies to completing certain endgame activities.
Destiny 2 has received its fair share of criticism in the past year, but Bungie has spent that time listening to feedback and working toward making the Destiny experience ones that players feel rewarded with coming back to. In addition, a new bow will be added for PvP and PvE modes. And yes, there will be a totally new raid as well.
First up, the campaign.
The original Destiny followed a similar trajectory.
Following years of strife, what remains of the Reef has fallen to lawlessness. Here, players will hunt down escaped criminals in a scenario that Bungie described as a “reverse Magnificent Seven”.
Destiny 2 is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game starts will the player attempting to stop a prison break with Cayde-6.
Halo and Destiny developer Bungie has received a $100 million investment from Chinese publisher NetEase to work on a new game. It’s a PvP/PvE hybrid. Players can see the team that they’re playing against and then each team plays in their own arena. A super with fire knives was seen on the Hunter class, a super with a large hammer was seen on the Titan class, and the Warlock class will get a new super with void abilities that allows teleportation. It’s a destination that was referred to as the homeland of the Awoken.
As with most raids before their reveal, it’s not yet clear how the Dreaming City will interweave with the rest of Forsaken’s story.
What exactly that means?
Of course, being surprised goes hand-in-hand with not knowing anything, so there aren’t many details aside from a few panning shots of the landscape and some creepy statues. Raid design lead Joe Blackburn promises it will have “more bosses than any raid we’ve ever had before”.
There are a bunch more grab-bag features. Another location users can visit is the Tangled Shore, which is a collection of asteroids strung together by cables and bridges.
Forsaken will introduce some weapon changes, including a new mod system, and greater loadout freedom. Maybe there are no more traditional expansions?
There are also 9 new Supers that players can collect along with the new bow and arrow weapon type. It should certainly shake up the Crucible’s stale competitive play, at the very least.
All that said, and we’re only at the halfway point for the vidoc.