If you played Iron Banner season 1 then you’ll know how different it was to the old Iron Banner in Destiny 1. For the week it was live Guardians could compete in Control matches and gain tokens to be traded in for packages with Lord Saladin. The gear and weapons were impressive and had a feudal Japan feel to them, even if some of the guns looked like re-skins with new perks added. Well now Bungie is starting to talk about Season 2, and they’ve even given us a glimpse of the new armour we can earn.
The influence from feudal Japan is still present in these new armour sets, but the it seems like there’s also a blue set, the top image, which takes more influence from Viking imagery. In the blue armour sets, the image on the left, you can see a symbol for The Dawning. This is an event that occurred last Christmas and celebrates the holiday season in the Destiny universe. While we know that the Festival of the Lost isn’t coming this year to Destiny 2, it looks as though The Dawning will make a tremendous comeback.
Alongside these images the developers have also begun to discuss their plans for future updates to the game. These aren’t anything big, such as the items mentioned in the large content leak this week, but they are relevant to quality of life for all Guardians. Among the updates listed is a number of new systems and rewards for players that are more engaged than most with Destiny 2. These are the players who load up their Guardian daily and complete all kinds of activities for fun and glory, sometimes without the need for boost their Power Level.
An update is also planned to provide better rewards for Prestige activities and the players who complete them, as well as more replay value for the regular missions such as Adventures, Strikes, and Lost Sectors.
When it comes to the Crucible there is a plan in place to implement private matches for Guardians in early 2018, as well as better spawning rules (thank Christ!) and scoring in Supremacy mode. The uniqueness of rewards from the Faction Rallies and Iron Banner events is also being improved to help Guardians feel better about the gear they’re earning.
The mod economy is being looked at with a view to make it more interesting and impactful in the game. I don’t know about you but I tend to avoid using my awesome mods because I don’t want them wasted when I inevitably dismantle that weapon.
Finally, Bungie is also looking at improving the Exotics in the game, adjusting them to reduce the number of times they’re duplicated (Lucky Pants). There will also soon be some new ways to spend surplus currency, with a view to help players spend those pesky Legendary Shards.
As a footnote, there’s also the hint that Bungie is working on an interface to allow Guardians to equip multiple emotes!
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