After a longer-than-expected wait, the primary particulars about Destiny 2’s second DLC enlargement, Warmind, have been revealed. Bungie shared new data throughout a livestream that explored the brand new Landing Zone and space on Mars the place the DLC is ready, the Escalation Protocol occasion, and different modifications.
Warmind is ready on Mars however a unique space we’ve not been to earlier than. The Hellas Basin options the planet’s polar ice caps and is the birthplace of the Warmind Rasputin, who has awoken and is creating issues throughout the photo voltaic system–as evidenced by the house junk you may see falling out of the sky. The Clovis Bray company performs a key half within the story, and you will get to satisfy Ana Bray, a Guardian who’s featured within the prologue cinematic and serves as a vendor and your important level of contact in Mars’ new space.
One of the massive focuses of the stream was Escalation Protocol, a brand new kind of Public Event that may solely be activated after you end the marketing campaign (although you are free to hitch one another person begins). This occasion is not on a schedule and might be began at any time, and it includes going through off in opposition to seven waves of Hive enemies, every with varied bosses. After the third and fifth waves, reward chests will spawn in, however the true rewards come after ending Wave 7. That wave consists of a brand new boss with distinctive mechanics. There are a complete of 5 bosses that may present up throughout this part, and the sport will rotate between one every week.
Bungie mentioned Escalation Protocol is supposed as an endgame exercise (therefore the marketing campaign completion requirement) that addresses gamers’ requests for one thing that’s really difficult and replayable. There are distinctive weapon rewards up for grabs (which shall be completely different relying on which last boss you face) together with new armor to earn. You’ll additionally be capable to use particular weapons throughout the course of the occasion, together with the returning Hive sword from the unique Destiny marketing campaign. There’s additionally one thing known as The Valkyrie, a brand new kind of spear that doubles as each a melee and ranged weapon and may solely be used for a restricted time after it is picked up.
On the Crucible facet, Bungie detailed the 2 new kinds of participant rankings. Valor is a development system that goes up while you full matches and has no loss penalties. Glory is just out there within the aggressive playlist and is tied to your wins and losses; you may achieve rank while you win and lose progress while you come up quick. There’s additionally a “streaking” side that accelerates your positive aspects (or losses) as you win or lose consecutive matches.
Crucible rewards are additionally dealt with otherwise. Once Season three begins with the discharge of replace 1.2.zero, you’ll be able to go to Shaxx for a free rewards bundle, and thru him, you’ll be able to see all the out there rewards and the right way to earn them. Some shall be earned by reaching sure ranks, whereas others will even require finishing sure goals in Crucible. There’s additionally a prestige-style mechanic the place you’ll be able to reset your Valor rank while you hit the max stage in change for rewards. There’s no restrict to the variety of occasions this may be executed, and the variety of resets shall be tracked on a corresponding emblem.
Bungie additionally previewed personal matches, which can work very like you count on, in addition to a number of the Exotic weapon modifications being made. The general objective is to make these weapons extra helpful and distinct with out altering what is supposed to make them distinctive. Not proven however talked about is that there’s a new Raid Lair–the last one for Leviathan–called Spire of Stars.
Following the discharge of the primary DLC, Curse of Osiris, again in December, Warmind is due out on May eight. That’s the identical date that Season three begins, which can characteristic a free replace that introduces a rise to Vault house, Exotic weapon Masterworks, and extra. Season three additionally marks a notable change for Crucible maps, as all the post-launch ranges shall be out there by matchmaking to all gamers.
Later in the summertime, Season three will even carry bounties, a seasonal occasion, enhancements to Faction Rally occasions, and modifications to Exotic armor sandbox. Season four is scheduled for launch in September and consists of weapon slot modifications, gear collections, and extra.