Bungie has formally taken the wraps off of the subsequent main expansion for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, which can proceed the story of the sci-fi house collection and see gamers lastly face off towards Savathûn, the titular Witch Queen.
Savathûn (the sister of Oryx, the important villain in the unique game’s Taken King expansion) is a foe that’s been teased for over seven years, along with her machinations behind lots of Destiny’s earlier main occasions (together with the corruption of the Dreaming Metropolis). The addition of the Witch Queen marks the first time that gamers will be capable to face off towards her in particular person, although. And, as the trailer has revealed, she gained’t be alone: Savathûn has managed to harness the participant’s personal powers of Gentle to empower Hive Guardians with related talents.
The expansion will even function a brand new location, Savathûn’s Throne World, together with a brand new marketing campaign, weapons, armor, and naturally, one in every of Destiny’s hallmark raids. Moreover, Bungie is including a brand new weapon sort: the Glaive, a first-person melee weapon with each ranged and up-close fight varieties.
Additionally, The Witch Queen will deliver a serious new addition to Destiny 2: customizable weapons, which gamers will be capable to modify with distinctive talents, mods, and stats which can be constructed to their very own private specs. That system will begin with the newly added weapons in The Witch Queen, however Bungie plans to increase it to different weapons over time.
To tide gamers over whereas they anticipate The Witch Queen, Destiny 2’s upcoming season 15 content material, titled Season of the Misplaced, will focus on the long-missing character Mara Sov (queen of the Awoken faction). It would set the stage, plot-wise, for The Witch Queen’s larger adjustments when it arrives in 2022. Season of the Misplaced will final for the full six months between now and The Witch Queen, making it an unusually lengthy season for Destiny gamers.
Season of the Misplaced will even embrace a reworked Trials of Osiris mode that appears like it should encourage gamers of all talent ranges to take part in the pinnacle player-vs-player expertise. The reworked Trials of Osiris mode will even see the smooth launch of Bungie’s new anti-cheat software when it arrives on September tenth.
Bungie can be launching crossplay as we speak as a part of the Season of the Misplaced, permitting Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia gamers to lastly play collectively for the first time in Destiny historical past.
As the firm had beforehand introduced, The Witch Queen will probably be adopted by one other main expansion, known as Lightfall. However Bungie additionally revealed the subsequent expansion, Destiny 2: The Ultimate Form, which the firm describes as the “dramatic conclusion” to The Gentle and Darkness Saga that gamers have been experiencing for the final decade.
This fall additionally marks Bungie’s thirtieth anniversary, and the studio is bringing each free and paid content material to Destiny 2 to rejoice — and to assist preserve gamers busy whereas they anticipate The Witch Queen subsequent 12 months.
All gamers will be capable to take pleasure in a brand new six-person occasion, Dares of Eternity, later this 12 months. However the important occasion is a purchasable Bungie thirtieth Anniversary Pack, which can function quite a lot of cosmetics impressed by Fable and Marathon and a brand new unique weapon. The pack additionally comes with a brand new “treasure-themed” dungeon set on the Cosmodrome’s “Loot Cave” that may reward armor impressed by the in style Thorn weapon, and outdated classics like Eyasluna and Thousand-Yard Stare.
Additionally teased as a part of the thirtieth anniversary occasion: the Loot Cave dungeon will return the iconic Gjallarhorn unique rocket launcher, finest recognized for being the single most powerful weapon gamers may get in the early days of the unique Destiny. Bungie would go on to nerf the highly effective weapon in future updates, earlier than bringing it again as a extra balanced, reworked version in the Rise of Iron expansion. However regardless of its recognition, Gjallarhorn hasn’t been out there in the sequel — till now, that’s.