Another week sees yet another Bungie blog post talking all things Destiny 2. Along with the usual community stuff and notes about current content, this week’s update also grants a look at a starting date for the Black Armory, the online shooter’s first piece of content for those with an Annual Pass.
While information about the Black Armory still isn’t available right now, the weekly post does confirm that it will arrive on Tuesday, December 4. Between then and the Season of the Forge content that arrives on Tuesday, November 27, there will be a week-long period of “transition” that could lead to unforseen issues.
Information about both the Black Armory and Season of the Forge content is expected to be offered in video form once November 27 rolls around. This new ViDoc will not only discuss the new Season but also provide a gameplay calendar for the remainder of the year.
After that, news will be “random and light” as the holidays are celebrated by the studio, but Bungie also promises that the following week will pick up with details about “another kind of season” — a potential reference to The Dawning event.
So, really, the most meat we’ll get off of the news bone will be coming once the Season of the Forge begins and that ViDoc premieres. We’re looking forward to learning more about what’s next for the rest of Destiny 2’s year.
Destiny 2 fans knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make the new trailer from the folks at Bungie any easier to swallow. The Last Stand of the Gunslinger cinematic sets the stage for the events that lead into the MMOFPS’ Forsaken expansion as the wise-cracking Exo Hunter faces clearly overwhelming odds.
In the cinematic, we see Cayde-6 caught up in the middle of the jailbreak at the Prison of Elders where he stands alone against the very worst criminals in the galaxy. Despite a valiant effort, it goes about as well as that scenario setup would expect.
In other Destiny 2 news, the game will be opening up a free trial of the PvPvE Gambit mode on Saturday, September 1st at 10am PDT/1pm EST for a full 24 hours. Those who are interested in trying out the mode don’t have to have pre-ordered the Forsaken expansion pack, but they will need to have at least the Destiny 2 base game. If you’re among those who own the game, then you’ll see in-game prompts directing you to the mode’s trial at the appointed hour.
Details about the Gambit mode trial can be found here while the cinematic can be seen below.
We sure are going to miss Cayde. He was easily one of the more endearing NPCs in the Destiny canon. But then again, that certainly would be a pretty good motivator for fans to take down the challenges in the upcoming expansion. Unless, of course, those same fans are still doing it for the loot. Or the puppies.
The autumn update to Destiny 2 that was meant to completely change things has been officially unveiled, and it would indeed appear – on paper, anyway – that big changes are coming. Destiny 2: Forsaken has been announced with details on gameplay, features, and a release date.
Forsaken takes players to the remains of the Reef from Destiny 1, where they’ll have to assist Cayde-6 in taking down criminals who have escaped from the Prison of Elders and made a region known as the Tangled Shore into a lawless frontier. Along the way, players will need to face off against eight Barons of a new enemy faction.
Naturally, doing this sort of dirty work will require some new tools, and so Forsaken will be adding new gear and weapons, with a bow and arrow being counted among them. The new expansion will also allow players to slot pretty much any weapon they want to anywhere instead of being limited to Kinetic, Energy and Power weapons; for example, players can field three shotguns at once if they so desire. Forsaken will also add nine new Supers.
At the end of the PvE road is the new raid called the Dreaming City. Described as the lovechild of the Vault of Glass and Dreadnought, the Dreaming City is the ancestral homeland of the Awoken race where players can expect puzzles, secrets and hidden passageways. There will also apparently be a way for raiders to change the encounter for future fireteams, with the devs stating that the Dreaming City raid available at launch can be somehow different weeks down the road.
Finally, the last big-ticket item for Forsaken is Gambit, a PvPvE game mode where two teams of players are split into separate arenas to kill AI enemies as fast as possible to gather up motes and bank them. Once the team’s bank has a total of 75 motes, a Primevil is summoned that must be burned down to win the round. The PvP portion comes when the team banks 25 and 50 motes, which opens a portal that lets a member of their team hop into the opposition’s side and attack them directly to disrupt any progress. Banking enough motes will also lock down the enemy team’s bank until they take down a larger enemy.
All of these features, of course, come at a cost. Destiny 2 is offering a standalone purchase of Forsaken at $40, or a $70 edition which includes Forsaken and an annual pass that offers “bonus rewards” and “premium content releases” on top, which are expected in winter 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019. The content of the Annual Pass is separate from the promised regular updates and live events offered to every Destiny 2 player.
Destiny 2: Forsaken will release on Tuesday, September 4th. More information can be located on the dedicated website and a trailer breaking down all the features is below.
So on the one hand, yay new stuff! On the other hand, the “premium content releases” added on with the annual pass definitely has us tilting our heads and wondering. We expect there will be a lot more details about Forsaken in the months and weeks leading up to September.
If you played the PC beta, you probably already have an idea how Destiny 2 runs on your machine. Still, if you’re looking for the last word, the Destiny 2 PC specs have been officially revealed, along with a by-the-hour timeline of when the game goes live for the platform.
Here’s the hardware you’ll need to have things cooking at both minimum and recommended spec:
Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit (Recommended)
Hard Drive Space:
68GB available hard drive space
As for launch times, the game will officially go live at 10am PDT on Tuesday, October 24th worldwide. If you’re not the sort of person who’s very good with figuring out time zones, the Bungie website has a handy graphic that will give you a better understanding of when you can start playing the game.
As for Destiny 2 currently, the weekly update also mentions that the Prestige version of the Leviathan Raid will release as scheduled with a discovered exploit included. Why launch broken content? Because the fix, apparently, would do more harm than good at the moment. “The last thing we want to do is fix an exploit some players are using, only to break other parts of the game for everyone. Because of this, we are pushing the fix off to a later date,” explains the post.
Despite the fact that the Prestige will arrive with an exploit, those Fireteams found using it could have their run to World First disqualified.
We’re sure that PC players are all ready to take a run at Destiny 2 and have their machines more than prepared for the game’s launch. Still, it’s good to know at least how much hard drive space will be required if nothing else.