Bungie’s Luke Smith has posted the second part of his “Director’s Cut” long read and there’s a few interesting tidbits of news including the announcement that all gear will be automatically boosted to power level 750 when the Shadowkeep expansion launches this October, instantly making everyone the same level.
We’re setting the Power this Fall to 750 for both returning and new players. We want you to all be together when Shadowkeep opens. Here’s what this means:
- Every single item in the game is being raised to a Power floor of 750 when Shadowkeep and New Light launch. Every item in your inventory (and vault) is going to automatically jump to 750.
- It’s like a free global burst of infusion for all players.
“I’m the first to say it,” admits Luke, “Raising the Power of all players globally is indicative of a greater problem. It’s real weird that someone will boot up New Light for the first time and immediately be 750.”
He’s not wrong, and frankly I’m a little pissed off. People have put hundreds of hours in to the game working their way up and the all the new players joining in October thanks to the free-to-play version will instantly be on a level with the veterans.
“Our gameplay specialists—the roles where dedicated Destiny players come in and participate in long-form playtesting with their imported-from-home character—frequently point out that they can’t engage with a number of parts of the game ’til they’ve “completed the Power climb,” comment Luke in an attempt to justifying the boost.
To try and reduce the focus on power levels, Shadowkeep will introduce something new.
We’re introducing a Seasonal Artifact, unique and thematic to each Season.
As the artifact levels up, it can do a few things: First, it becomes a source of seasonal artifact mods—unique mods that can be equipped only during that Artifact’s season. These mods may be brand new experimental mods or powerful mods with reduced energy cost enabling players (and us!) to experiment further in the buildcrafting space.
Second, the seasonal artifact can award players a Power bonus, but that bonus is not applied to gear (nor does it increase the Power of future drops), but instead to all of your characters. This is meant to give players who can’t or don’t want to play pinnacle activities a seasonal path to Power. This way, even if a player doesn’t play the raid, Iron Banner, or the [REDACTED], they can still have a high Power value for the Season. Leveling the artifact to raise your Power is meant to be Seasonal character growth. Each Season, we’ll have a new artifact with new mods that change how you play—and the Power bonus will reset.
In addition to curating the list of powerful sources, Shadowkeep will also introduce pinnacle powerful sources. These sources are the only way to earn gear drops above power 950 in Season 8.
There’s a lot more on Luke’s blog if you fancy reading it, you can get to it by following this link.