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Bungie Should Make Artifacts Permanent in Destiny 2

Discussing the possible permanence of Artifacts.


Destiny 2 has a come a long way in the last couple of years. Part of that is down to the way in which seasonal content is now structured and helps Guardians focus on something to do in the game. You have a clear path of content each month, and there are base game elements to catch up with when you’re bored of that. However, even this seasonal model now needs to be tweaked. There needs to be a bit of a shift, and it’s with the Seasonal Artifacts. Let’s have some permanent ones.

Seasonal Artifacts are the items you pick up in the initial missions of a season. you’ll perform a few tasks, and then you’ll need to level the Artifact up by playing in whatever way you want. The mods you unlock will make you more powerful in very specific ways for that season. Outside of that season’s content though, they can still be useful in very occasional cases. Once a season is over, the Artifact is gone, and you have to star tall over again.

This creates a seasonal grind that’s enjoyable, but it’s also quite annoying. I find the process of levelling up a device only for it to disappear to be pointless. I’d much rather have a less powerful device that has a pinnacle perk to unlock after a lot of grinding, and then have that device available for the rest of my Destiny 2 playtime.

Most Guardinas may feel differently, but there’s definitely a level of pointlessness to these Artifacts now. They’re an archaic item that was used to make the game more interesting at a time when it was falling out of favor. Bungie has brought seasons up to scratch in so many ways, but this is still holding them back.

Think about it this way. You could have an Artifact that’s got loads of mods for one specific enemy type or activity. The more you play the activity, the more you level it up. At its peak, the perk you get makes that activity more rewarding, so it’s worth the grind. This is how all Artifacts should work, and you could have one for each activity, even seasonal ones. As long as the mods apply to a broad spectrum of content, you don’t need to remove them every season.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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