Bungie have revealed their latest State of the Game for Destiny 2. With the release of Lightfall and the upcoming expansion, The Final Shape, Bungie has announced several new updates coming to Destiny 2 PvP, Gambit, and weekly rewards.
The future of Destiny 2 PvP
In this extensive State of the Game blog post, Destiny 2 director Joe Blackburn addresses both feedback and concerns from the player base.
In addition to addressing the game's many stability issues, dropped games, false account bans, etc., Blackburn confirmed that new quality-of-life improvements were on the way. These improvements include making transmat effects unlocks and allowing players to favorite certain shaders and cosmetics.
Blackburn also reiterated feedback regarding Destiny 2's narrative threads. He ensures players the rest of this year's seasonal content will fill in narrative gaps and answer questions from the end of Lightfall's campaign, all to set up the finale that is The Final Shape.
Furthermore, some changes will be coming to ritual activities. While players originally had to complete several objectives across three different playlists (Strikes, Crucible, Gambit) for rewards, now they can complete these weekly objectives in whatever activity they like.
If you want to just stick to Nightfalls or Trials of Osiris for your weekly rewards, now you can.
There was also the fleeting mention of new content coming to Gambit mode. Blackburn confirms that the Cathedral of Scars map will be returning. In addition, two new enemy types will be added to the mode's rotation: the Shadow Legion and the Lucent Hive.
But the biggest update in this post was aimed at Destiny 2 PvP. Blackburn did provide some details on a brand new Crucible map called Multiplex. It is a Vex-themed map, utilizing a mix of cyberspace imagery and sections of Mars.
On top of that, a new modifier will be added to Crucible Labs called Checkmate. Checkmate is meant for players that want to focus more on tactical gunplay.
Primary weapon damage is increased. Players have more health. Ability cooldowns are reduced significantly. Lastly, energy weapon ammo is earned through gameplay; not picked off of downed players.
Alternatively, there is the new Relic mode. This is a 6v6 mode where everyone has access to relic weapons. These are powerful weapons usually seen only in Raids or PvE activities in the game.
The weapons in the mode will include the Aegis Shield from the Vault of Glass Raid, the Synaptic Spear from Season of the Risen, and the scythe from Season of the Haunted.
Most of the changes coming to Destiny 2 PvP and other gameplay systems will be implemented on August 22.