Bungie has recently unveiled details surrounding Destiny 2's fourth expansion, The Witch Queen, along with content players can expect throughout the coming year. Weapon crafting, Light subclass reworks, and changes to Trials of Osiris are just a few things that were covered. From Season of the Lost to the new weapon crafting system, here's everything Bungie unveiled at today's Destiny 2 Witch Queen showcase.

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The Witch Queen Details

Destiny 2 Witch Queen Glaive

Savathun has found a way to control the Light for herself and the Hive. In The Witch Queen expansion, players will have to delve into Savathun's Throne World to destroy Lucent Hive, a splinter group that has full control over the Light. They can use Supers, Light-specific grenade and melee abilities, and can even be resurrected through their Hive Ghosts. Destroying these enemies will require that you destroy both the Hive enemy itself and its Ghost.

Weapon Crafting

Destiny 2 Witch Queen Weapon Crafting Table

It wouldn't be a Destiny expansion without a new gameplay system. The Witch Queen will be adding a weapon crafting system to Destiny 2, allowing players to target-farm weapons in The Witch Queen and future seasons. You can even hunt for specific perks with this system, allowing for a degree of target-farming not seen since Destiny 2's Season of Opulence. Bungie has also stated that this crafting system will be expanded in future seasons, adding new and legacy items for players to chase.

Weapon crafting will also be your only avenue of obtaining Glaives, a new melee weapon archetype that fuses gun and blade into one. These spear-like weapons can slice through targets up-close and damage enemies with charged projectiles from afar. They also have defensive capabilities, although said capabilities weren't elaborated on. Glaives reside in the Energy weapon slot and are used in first-person.


Legendary Mode

Destiny 2 Witch Queen Hive Ghost

Hard mode is returning to Destiny 2... sort of. The Witch Queen's campaign will have an optional Legendary difficulty option that makes the game significantly harder. Difficulty sounds comparable to Grandmaster Nightfalls, featuring harder-hitting enemies and limited revives. Unlike GMs, this mode's difficulty will scale based on how many players are in your Fireteam. Bungie has emphasized that this mode is optional, but those that persist will be well rewarded. Legendary Mode rewards are currently unknown.

Destiny 2: The Final Shape Expansion

Destiny 2 The Final Shape

Destiny 2's sixth expansion has been named "The Final Shape," set to conclude the story arc surrounding the conflict between the Light and Dark. This expansion is set to release after Destiny 2: Lightfall. Further details on the expansion will be released closer to its launch.

Season Of The Lost Details

Destiny 2 Season of the Lost Mara

Season 15 of Destiny 2 is named Season of the Lost, bringing players back to the Dreaming City once again to uncover Savathun's twisted plan. Players will work alongside Mara Sov and other notable characters from previous Seasons to bring justice to those that fell during the Endless Night. Help Mara seek an audience with the Witch Queen by participating in Astral Alignment, this season's new activity. A weekly series of missions, known as the Shattered Realm, will also be released as the season continues.

New Exotics And Loot

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Season of the Lost features 25 weapons for Guardians to chase, some of which are reissues of fan-favorite weapons from Destiny 2 vanilla. Stasis weapons have also made their way to Destiny 2 this season, capable of rolling with Stasis-related perks.

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And, of course, this season has introduced new Exotic weapons and armor. Here's what Bungie added:

  • Ager's Scepter (Weapon): This weapon is a Stasis Trace Rifle that's obtained through a seasonal quest. Details surrounding this weapon's traits are currently unknown.
  • Lorents Driver (Weapon): This weapon is an Energy Linear Fusion Rifle that marks targets. Defeating a marked target will grant a stack of telemetry. Gain three stacks to gain a major damage boost. Precision kill also create an implosion that sucks in nearby targets.
  • Radiant Dance Machines (Hunter Boots): Activating your dodge ability while near targets allows you to dodge additional times for a short period.
  • Nothing Manacles (Warlock Gloves): You gain an additional Scatter Grenade charge. Enables tracking for Scatter Grenade projectiles.
  • No Backup Plans (Titan Gloves): When you have full melee energy, Shotgun final blows activate your Defensive Strike and consume your melee energy. Shotgun final blows also give you melee energy.

Trials Of Osiris Changes And Anti-Cheat

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris Logo

Trials of Osiris has seen major changes in Season 15, most of which are tied to removing cheaters and reworking rewards. Season 15 made the following changes:

  • BattlEye Anti-Cheat has been added to Destiny 2. You must install BattEye and own the most recent expansion to play Trials.
  • Rewards have been overhauled. You now earn tokens by winning rounds and completing games.
    • You can play a card past three losses.
  • Trials of Osiris now has a Freelance playlist, similar to Survival.
    • Solo players will queue with one another; pre-made fireteams cannot queue in this playlist.

Community outcry surrounding cheaters and lack of rewards can be traced back to the release of Trials in Season of the Worthy. With these changes, the game mode should be much more appealing to casual PvPers and hardcore players alike.


Destiny 2 Crossplay

Effective today, crossplay is now active in Destiny 2. Players on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation can now play with one another. You don't need to own Season of the Lost to use crossplay; this feature is part of the base game for all players. If you're worried about the disparity between M&K and controller users in PvP, console players will not matchmake with PC players unless a PC user is in your party.

Bungie 30th Anniversary

Destiny 2 Bungie 30th Anniversary Armor

To celebrate Bungie's 30th anniversary, Destiny 2 will be seeing a unique DLC in December that includes some homages to Bungie's older IPs. You'll need to purchase the DLC, priced at $25 USD, to access its content. Here's what you get:

  • A pirate-themed dungeon in the Cosmodrome's infamous loot cave
  • Armor and weapon ornaments themed around Bungie and their older games
    • Armor is themed around Marathon
  • A Gjallarhorn-themed Sparrow

Despite previous leaks, no Halo content is present in this pack. Gear obtained from the 30th Anniversary is tied to Destiny, Myth, and Marathon only.

Future Season Content

Destiny 2 Savathun

Bungie is committed to expanding Destiny 2's systems and endgame pursuits with future seasons. Starting in December, you can expect a new piece of raid or dungeon content every three months. They'll also be a remade Destiny 1 raid making its way to Destiny 2 at some point in 2022, which will be free for all players. Beyond the new aspirational activities, Bungie is planning to make some big changes to the Light subclasses.

Light Subclass Rework

Destiny 2 Light Subclass Changes

It's no secret that Stasis has vastly more customization options than the Light subclasses. Bungie is going to address this throughout the next few seasons. All Light subclasses will be reworked to use the Aspect and Fragment system in future seasons. Void subclasses will be the first to receive this update, slatted to release in Season 16.

Next: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Goes On Sale February 22, 2022

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