As usual for Bungie, yesterday’s Destiny 2 Warmind expansion unveil as part of a live stream, with community manager David Dague hosting and inviting a bunch of other Bungie devs to come and explain what the hell is going on.
As revealed in the prologue video, Warmind is taking us back to mars where Rasputin has woken up, the ice caps encasing him have started to melt and a new Hive threat has emerged. They’re frozen Hive – how original! If you can’t be bothered to watch the stream, we’ve got you covered.
Part of what they hope will bring players back and keep them around is a new endgame activity called Escalation Protocol – you’ll need to beat the main story to take it on. It’s like a public event, but one that you can start whenever you like. It starts by raising a pillar to draw Hive towards it, where you then fight against seven waves of enemies each with a boss fight and finishing with a final fight that cycles through five different bosses each week.
As rewards there’s new items and tokens that can be turned into special weapons, such as the Valkyrie rocket launcher which is both melee and ranged. There’s specific rewards for this, which will tie into the improved Exotic weapon sandbox, most of which have had boosted damage, time to kill and rate of fire.
Over in the Crucible, Season 3 brings ranks and private matches. Valor rank is your general progression and has no penalties for losing or dropping out, while Glory is tied to your performance in competitive matches and does depend on wins and losses. Going on a streak gives you bonuses and lets you aim for the new specific weapon that is each season’s reward. Season 3’s weapon is Redrix’s Claymore, which has the Desperado perk that increases the rate of fire without lowering impact.
Additionally, there’s two new maps – Solitude and Survival – which all Destiny 2 players will be able to play, as Bungie are uniting the Crucible playlist regardless of paid DLC ownership.
Does all of that sound like it’s going to bring you back to Destiny 2? Let us know in the comments.
Source: press release, Twitch