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Into The Light Has Me Cautiously Excited For Destiny 2’s Future


Future 2 is a recreation I’ve gotten used to quitting on. For so long as I’ve performed it, I’ve all the time discovered causes to place it down. As a lot because it needs to be a recreation individuals preserve coming again to, every little thing about the way in which it’s been constructed makes it bristling, thorny, and off-putting. The longest stretch I’ve spent comfortably enjoying the sport was the months after the discharge of The Witch Queen, when my infatuation with it simply so occurred to dovetail with a few of its most compelling narrative beats, in addition to a smattering of occasions and actions that consistently jogged my memory of how enjoyable Future 2 could possibly be. It’s been some time since these days now.

Following the discharge of final 12 months’s middling Lightfall enlargement, Future 2 fell again into its outdated methods. Its story (which was meant to arrange The Remaining Form enlargement as this thrilling conclusion) grew to become as tonally confused because it’s ever been, and fell flat the place it ought to’ve been thrilling. Neomuna, an eleventh-hour addition to Future 2’s rotation of worlds, sits largely empty to at the present time. A concentrate on Future 2’s PvE content material has created a drought within the land of PvP, which has lengthy felt the sting of its builders’ waning curiosity in it. Seasons have come and gone with some thrilling developments, however every one has additionally continued to make it a extra technically advanced recreation riddled with an incoherent smorgasbord of economies, tales, and routes to comply with.

Regardless of the way you slice it, Future 2’s been chasing the visage of one thing it merely can’t be, culminating in a breaking level throughout the studio and its fan base during the last 12 months, to not point out devastating layoffs. One thing has wanted to alter.

Then, Bungie introduced that some issues would in truth change, and slowly however certainly their guarantees started coming to fruition. A “strike workforce” of heavy-hitter designers have been positioned in command of tackling PvP’s rising record of points. Only recently, a sweeping collection of adjustments to Future 2’s aggressive sandbox has breathed new life into the Crucible for the primary time in a extremely lengthy whereas. A very free map pack is arriving in a few month that can add three new arenas to the Crucible, which is about what number of aggressive maps the sport has acquired between The Witch Queen’s launch in February of 2022 and now. Future 2’s aggressive scene is being refreshed a lot that even I’m considering leaping in, and I haven’t set foot in Future 2’s PvP in years.

Methods and mechanics that had been promised for years, like Fireteam Finder, lastly launched, making it simpler for solo gamers like myself to truly play the sport’s group content material. The in-game economic system is definitely being streamlined with the discharge of The Remaining Form, too, so I gained’t have to speak my buddies by means of the interior workings of programs I hardly perceive after they inevitably soar into the sport and get stumped instantly.

Then there’s Into The Gentle, a two-month stopgap replace that’s interesting to the lapsed Future participant in me who simply needs to have the ability to casually admire the sport. A new horde mode is being launched, lastly offering Future 2 with an exercise rooted in replayability that isn’t more likely to get ripped out of the sport at season’s finish or be made redundant just like the thirtieth anniversary exercise, Dares of Eternity. Bungie has barely touched on Pantheon both, a brand new exercise that lets gamers run by means of a gauntlet of raid boss encounters and affords “a weekly problem with escalating difficulties and rewards.” Legendary weapons that I missed out on are being renewed and reintroduced as a part of this BRAVE arsenal, and simply yesterday, the builders confirmed off how they’ve discovered methods to carry again a few of Future 2’s most beloved missions and loot.

Even the essential quality-of-life stuff coming in Into The Gentle is a step in the appropriate course. Gamers can lastly change their Guardian’s look, everybody will obtain one other probability to alter their names, and we are able to even skip the misguided “New Gentle” tutorial expertise now!

It isn’t simply that the sport is making additions, or in some circumstances bringing again content material that ought to’ve remained within the recreation. It’s that, for as soon as, it looks like Future 2 is constructing issues to final. Bungie is mending bridges that Future 2’s fragmented growth warped. After the discharge of The Remaining Form, the sport is even shifting away from the seasonal mannequin that has, maybe, tainted the sport greater than the rest. It hasn’t simply taken ten years for Bungie to construct to this narrative conclusion, it’s taken that workforce ten years to construct this recreation. It’s nonetheless not in one of the best form, however there’s hope it might resemble the sport I’ve lengthy hoped for very quickly.

Although I’m actually in no place to touch upon what that future seems like, a break from Future’s clearly damaged mannequin and the top of this ten-year narrative with The Remaining Form appears pretty much as good a time as any to maneuver on from this darkish interval in Future 2’s lifetime and into the sunshine. After all, we’ve been right here earlier than, so solely time will inform whether or not that is the continuation or the top of this collection’ vicious cycle.

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