With November coming up in just a few weeks, Bungie has begun its usual teases about Destiny 2‘s next expansion. Beyond Light will change up the space shooter yet again, and the developers are sharing bits and pieces in the lead-up to release. In a new This Week at Bungie blog post, the team detailed core activities as well as the possible loot. Players will likely be excited over the return of pursuit weapons in the form of more ritual weapons. These special firearms are earned through extended Destiny 2 questlines that usually involve Strikes, the Crucible, and even Gambit.
Things will be different when Destiny 2: Beyond Light drops, however. Ritual weapons are back, and it is likely we will get only one per season. The best part, though, is that players have a choice. You will get to choose how you want to acquire the new weapon. Be it Strike, Crucible, or Gambit, the questline will also grant an additional ornamental quest to give your new weapon a different look. The Adored sniper rifle certainly looks deadly, and its variations are all equally interesting visually.
The first iteration of pursuit equipment came in Year 2 of Destiny 2. Pinnacle weapons featured unique perks that gave players some of the most powerful weapons in the game. The likes of Mountaintop, Recluse, Revoker, and more remain great options when it comes to battle. The following year saw a downgrade of sorts to ritual weapons. They definitely did not live up to pinnacle weapons, and were eventually removed.
Changing the foundations
As for armor, Bungie has also shared a new set that will be rewards from core activities in Beyond Light. This includes decals and shaders that are specific to each as well. Depending on how you look at it, a yearly refresh of playlist armor can be a good or bad thing. It will not take long for everyone to look the same, which is a calculated risk, to say the least.
For activities, Bungie will be cutting down the hassle and streamlining the process in Beyond Light. Crucible will see a lesser number of playlists available at a given time. There will be weekly rotations, as well as the weekend-only Trials of Osiris. As for Strikes, players can look at Vanguard strikes and Nightfall: the Ordeal as the two playlists options. Gambit and Gambit Prime will be consolidated into a single mode, with some rebalancing done.
The removal of Prime’s armor perks will help move things along, while the Primeval fight will be sped up. Invasions will also be less frequent, with Taken Captains replaced by the Phalanx to balance things out. All in all, jumping into Gambit will be a faster, more exciting affair in Beyond Light.
Bungie also detailed a return for Adept weapons. These weapons are always better than their base version, owing to the third intrinsic perk that came with them. Players can get their hands on these treasures by either going flawless in Trials of Osiris, or in Strikes. The latter will happen later in the year for Beyond Light.