Bungie has confirmed they will be wiping out half of the game’s worlds including Io and Leviathan destinations in order to prepare for the Second Collapse in preparation for the next expansion.
Even as interest in Destiny 2 has begun to wane for many players due to this “content vault” shenanigans that Bungie seems to be up to as of late, they have proven they aren’t done yet, which makes the cringe even more real for some of us who have considered going back in recent days (like, half my the clan I’m in and a good chunk of several community groups and even our very own David Murphy who just started Shadowkeep).
Many of the places, including Io, Titan, Mercury, Mars, and Leviathan are going away as destinations, making it so that, as the awakening of The Darkness happens, those places will no longer be available. This “content vault” will see the content removed altogether for an undisclosed amount of time as they rotate new content in and out on a yearly basis for each of the newly revealed three expansions.
But what does this mean? We actually don’t know really, besides they are going into the vault, this does mean that areas within the Red War campaign could be vanishing altogether, making the game itself, a living and breathing entity as Bungie reaffirms that they are moving forward with the “you had to be there to experience it” ordeal that they’ve been doing.
Because of this, you may want to grab some of the content while you can, which includes exotic weapons (they’re getting moved around a bit, but we don’t know when they’ll be back), destination quests, reputation, armor, and customization items as well. It sucks, to be honest, but, Destiny 2 is becoming something bigger, something badder, and something better than it was before. The reason why they are doing this? Well, you can read the tl;dr from Bungie down below.
- Destiny 2 is too large to efficiently update and maintain.
- The size and complexity of the game are also contributing to more bugs and less innovation.
- Instead of building a Destiny 3 and leaving D2 behind, each year, we are going to cycle older, less actively played content out of the live game and into what we’re calling the Destiny Content Vault (DCV).
- This will allow us to add to and support D2 for years, including the three new annual expansions we announced today, starting with Beyond Light this fall.
- The DCV will include all content from Destiny 1 and anything that cycles out from Destiny 2.
- We will bring back (or “unvault”) activity and destination content from the DCV each year.
- Unvaulting starts in D2 Year 4, with the Cosmodrome coming back, as well as its three strikes and the return of the Vault of Glass raid.
- The primary D2 content leaving the game and going into the DCV this fall are the destinations – Mars, Io, Titan, Mercury and Leviathan – and their supported activities.
- There will be new ways to earn the Exotics originally linked to content that has entered the DCV.
- When Beyond Light ships, the Director will have the following destinations:
- Europa (new)
- Cosmodrome (unvaulted)
- Tangled Shore
- Dreaming City
- European Dead Zone
- This approach allows us respond to player feedback more rapidly, enable more innovation, and will keep Destiny 2 and your characters thriving for years to come.
- More details to come soon and throughout the year.
Those of you who haven’t had a chance to do The Menagerie, the Leviathan, or anything they had to offer? The clock is ticking and you may want to get started now, you have only three months left to do it. If you haven’t, you certainly should read the “False Idols” story they just released.
Alongside this recent news, Bungie has also teased the next three years of content for Destiny 2, allowing them to prepare fans for even more story content, excitement, and an idea of what is just ahead for fans to enjoy. The next three expansions seem to be aiming at the reveal of the Darkness in Beyond Light, which seems to be building up to the entry of Savasthun through Nokris’ doings.
The following could be the full emergence of Savasthun as she is known as the Witch Queen who is currently at rest and could very well bring the fight to the Guardians and ultimately seek to usher in an age of Darkness. With the third, and maybe final, DLC for the game being Lightfall, what we can presume is the final battle of Destiny 2 and the story arch that it offers.
Whatever’s going on, it’s big and Bungie isn’t going the holding back any punches in the future.
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