New places to go, new gear to hoard, a heavy focus on the PvPvE
Gambit mode and the return of the universe’s most hated pistol
– Thorn – are at the heart of Destiny
2‘s next season of updates. The first parts of Season Of
The Drifter kick off next Tuesday, March 5th, with the
introduction of Gambit Prime, a more focused, single-round
variant of the hybrid play-mode for annual pass holders.
There’s also some new Gambit maps coming for everyone who owns
the Forsaken expansion, and the option to host custom matches.
See Bungie break it down in the video below.
One of the most interesting things coming in this season are
the new Power Surge bounties, which will let players skip the
grind and get straight into ‘the good stuff’. These new
bounties have relatively humble objectives like ‘Kill 50
enemies and complete a strike’ but pay out level 640 gear,
rocketing players straight into endgame. That new endgame loop
sounds like it’s going to be alternating between Gambit Prime
and the new PvE area, Reckoning. Repeating this will gradually
earn players role-themed suits of glowy armour, representing
the four player roles in Gambit.
Reckoning – another Annual Pass perk – is set inside the
bubble-world(?) towed behind the Drifter’s ship. Bungie reckon
it’s one of the hardest things in the game, and that’s just the
first tier of it. Reckoning will be expanded to Tier 2 on March
8th, and fully accessible on March 15th, alongside the (also
Annual Pass-only) Invitations Of The Nine. The Invitations are
weekly missions tied to mysterious space-trader Xûr and the
Nine – the group he represents, and promise big rewards and
more story tidbits.
For regular players without the Annual Pass there’s a bunch of
smaller updates due to roll out through March and into April
and May, including new Gambit maps and a power cap increase.
There’s going to be a week dedicated to all things Arc-element,
a new festival event called The Revelry, and the return of the
Iron Banner. In the original Destiny this was a no-holds-barred
PvP mode where your Light (now Power) determined your strength.
It seems like a fine test-bed for the return of one of PvP’s
meanest weapons, Thorn.
I’m not surprised to see that Thorn is coming back. For those
lucky enough to not have to deal with it in the original
Destiny, it was a nightmare in PvP. While not the most
inherently powerful of hand-cannons, its painful needle-like
bullets deal a chunk of its damage over time, preventing your
shield recharge cycle from starting. A couple lucky shots from
some sassy git with Thorn could hobble your entire team in a
Crucible match, although I gather they did nerf it a little
bit. Thorn will be available to all, undoubtedly via a complex,
multi-stage quest starting on March 12th.
Season Of The Drifter begins on March 5th. The last season of
the year – The Season of Opulence – has been named, and begins
in June. You can see more of Bungie’s plans (including a
timeline) on their ViDoc page
here and the season