The second part of Destiny 2’s Season Pass DLC has been unveiled, and it promises to bring players to Mars again to kill some more Hive… again. Simply called Warmind, the DLC will pair you up with Ana Bray, another long-lost legendary Hunter who is seeking answers to her past (she also happens to have enough free time to be the new vendor). At the same time, Golden Age Warsats over the polar ice caps of Mars are mysteriously plummeting from orbit. Coincidentally, the seemingly ever-present Warmind Rasputin has been uncovered and, as usual, he is in trouble as a Hive army embarks on a crusade towards his recently uncovered core.
Like its predecessors, Destiny 2 Warmind will feature a new Raid, the Spire of Stars, new Exotic items, new weapons and armor, new Crucible maps, and new Strikes and story missions. In addition, you will be able to explore a new area, the Hellas Basin on Mars. Contrary to what one may expect from the rest of Mars, the Hellas Basin is not full of coarse and irritating sand. Instead, it is cold and filled with snow and ice and the fanatical Hive followers of Xol, a Hive Worm God. The level cap has also been increased to 380.
Interestingly enough, there is a brand new “Ritual Activity” dubbed Escalation Protocol, which will give you a chance to fight through “escalating waves of Hive…to redeem new rewards each week.” The new Strikes are called Will of the Thousands, Strange Terrain, and Insight Terminus (PlayStation exclusive). In Will of the Thousands, you and your fireteam will have to defend Rasputin’s neural network with the aid of the Valkyrie, what is basically an unusually flashy and high tech spear. Strange Terrain will send you to a network of Hive tunnels underneath the Hellas Basin to slay yet another Hive Prince, the Herald of Xol, before he can empower his Worm God. Lastly, Insight Terminus will task PS players with breaking into a Vex tomb on Nessus to try and prevent the Cabal from taking over the Vex gateway network.
The release of the Warmind DLC will coincide with a number of changes to Destiny 2’s core experience. A large number of existing Exotic weapons will receive a complete overhaul, generally increasing the power of their signature abilities and making them far more useful and desirable than before. All Exotics will also receive a Masterwork Perk. Furthermore, Private Crucible matches will be making their return to Destiny alongside a new Crucible Ranking feature (finally). The Ranked system will offer exclusive rewards (i.e. unique weapons with powerful new perks) to those who reach a certain rank at the end of a season. Ranked brackets are as follows, from lowest to highest: Guardian, Brave, Heroic, Fabled, Mythic, and Legend.