Destiny 2 has been in a pretty great place as of late. The Witch Queen expansion is easily the best Destiny story content I’ve ever experienced, and it released to rave reviews from newcomers and returning players alike.
Now, with the year halfway through and Season 18 launching today, it’s time for Bungie to unveil what they’ve been cooking up behind the scenes while we’ve been carving through Hive and Scorn combatants on Mars. There’s been plenty of leaks floating around, but I’ve avoided like 99.99% of them, so it felt great to be surprised by most of the big reveals in today’s showcase. Below is a link to the reveal trailer in case you missed it, and following that – everything you need to know from it.
The Beginning of the End
We love a rebrand! The trailer for Lightfall was awash in neon and vibrant colors, which is a pretty stark offset to the Witness and his armies’ dark and monochromatic features. We’re headed to a brand new planet – Neptune – and a brand new city called Neomuna that has been the home of an alternate version of humanity that nobody ever knew existed for millennia. Instead of fighting in bombed out, ruined cities and planets – for the first time we’re playing in a shiny new sandbox of a city freshly under siege.
But that’s not all, we’ve got a brand new Darkness power to wield against Calus and his Shadow Legion.
Arc 3.0 and Strand
As we previously covered, Arc 3.0 has officially arrived with a ton of new fragments, aspects, and ways to shock your enemies and storm through the battlefield (see what I did there?). For a full breakdown of Arc 3.0, you can check out Bungie’s article here. In addition, Lightfall will add Destiny 2’s fifth subclass, Strand, to the fold. We don’t know too much about it yet, but it already looks incredibly badass and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on it. Bungie says the power is all about “peeling back the veil of reality” and harnessing powers from a psychic dimension to weave matter into weapons. I’m all the way the fuck in.
All in all, it seems like 2022 is going to really go out with a bang for Destiny 2, and Lightfall’s release looks primed to capitalize on the insane momentum that the MMO shooter has seen this calendar year. What were your favorite parts of the showcase, and what are you looking forward to most in the game this year and next? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WickedGoodGames.
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