Bungie revealed its plans for the primary Future 2 seasonal content material replace because the studio introduced its cut up from Activision earlier this yr. The Season of the Drifter will deal with Gambit’s proprietor, The Drifter, deepening his lore and giving gamers loads of new issues to do and earn. There will likely be an entire new model of Gambit referred to as Gambit Prime, new endgame actions that characteristic The 9, and equipment units that provide perks which lean into particular roles inside Gambit.
Get a take a look at what Bungie is doing with the Season of the Drifter within the newest ViDoc.
There’s rather a lot to parse by right here, so let’s take a look at it piece by piece.
The Free Content material
So that you didn’t purchase the Annual Move? No huge deal, there’s nonetheless rather a lot to like in regards to the Season of the Drifter for gamers that haven’t jumped on board but.
Gambit Personal Matches – Load into non-public Gambit matches with your mates or on their own, and customise the expertise. Wish to 1v1 somebody? Go for it. How about exploration of the maps solo? You are able to do that to. You’ll be able to even flip off the invader’s means to see opposing Guardians by partitions!
Thorn Unique Quest – There’s an Unique Quest coming for everybody’s favourite hated gun from Future 1. It begins on March 12.
The Revelry Spring Occasion – The Revelry is a brand new seasonal spring occasion like Competition of the Misplaced or The Dawning that we all know nothing about but. It’s going to kick off April 16 and final till Could 6.
Arc Week – One other occasion that we all know nothing about. It kicks off on April 9, forward of The Revelry.
Energy Improve to 700 – For some individuals, the endgame grind is to succeed in the highest energy degree. That will likely be Energy degree 700 with Season of the Drifter, a rise of 50 ranges.
Pinnacle Weapons – There are three new Pinnacle weapons to earn: The Vanguard’s Oxygen SR3—Precision Scout Rifle, the Crucible’s The Recluse—Light-weight Submachine Gun, and Gambit’s 21% Delirium—Speedy-Fireplace Machinegun (the primary rapid-fire machinegun in Future 2).
The Vanguard’s Oxygen SR3—Precision Scout Rifle “Meganeura: Dragonfly offers extra injury based mostly on the variety of precision hits made beforehand.”The Crucible’s The Recluse—Light-weight Submachine Gun “Grasp of Arms: Kills with any weapon enhance this weapon’s injury for a short while.”Gambit’s 21% Delirium—Speedy-Fireplace Machinegun “Killing Tally: Kills enhance this weapon’s injury till it’s stowed or reloaded.”
Sandbox Replace 2.2.zero – Future 2’s sandbox is about to vary in a giant manner, together with adjustments to how Gambit is performed, and weapon adjustments that may drastically shift the meta. We’ll have full patch notes when the brand new Season drops on March 5, however the previews we’ve gotten have been fairly promising up to now.
New Triumphs, Lore, Gear, Iron Banner – Type of the anticipated stuff with every seasonal reset.
Annual Move Content material
Previously referred to as Joker’s Wild, the second content material enlargement within the Annual Move has been rolled into the Season of the Drifter theme as an alternative of explicitly naming the content material. In some ways this helps talk that what you get with the Annual Move isn’t a standard enlargement, however reasonably an ongoing replace of the sport normally. It’s a giant lesson discovered after Black Armory didn’t impress lots of people long run.
Gambit Prime – Right here’s the headliner. Gambit Prime is a brand new type of Gambit that could be a single spherical, however is way extra excessive depth than conventional Gambit. Requiring 100 motes banked and specialised Raid-like mechanics to defeat the bosses, it’s going to redefine the that means of teamwork. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how properly it nonetheless works as a matchmade exercise. It’s going to additionally convey two new Gambit maps into rotation.
Gambit Roles/Armor Units – Reaper. Invader. Collector. Sentry. Leaning much more into particular roles, you’ll be capable to earn gear that lets you unlock perks particular to the roles you select. Within the newest Fireteam Chat by IGN, Bungie talked much more about these roles and simply how a lot they’ll drastically shift the stability of the sport. Not solely do they alter your particular play model, however all of them look actually cool with glowing snake logos of various colours.
The Reckoning – The Reckoning is a matchmade exercise that sits someplace between a Raid and public occasions. It’s inherently linked with Gambit Prime and is the mode by which you’ll truly earn Gambit Prime’s unique armor units. There are three totally different tiers of difficulties. There are synths you’ll earn in Gambit Prime to convey into The Reckoning to earn the armor, creating a extremely attention-grabbing loop between these two modes.
Energy Surge Bounties – Rapidly energy as much as the Energy degree that you have to be to start out leaping into the Season of the Drifter’s new content material. There are 4 bounties that every drop two particular items of substances at Energy degree 640, so when you do all of them, you’ll have your character at 640 inside an hour or two. This once more was a lesson discovered after the beginning of Black Armory was out of attain for a lot of gamers.
Allegiance Quest – This weekly quest has you selecting between the Vanguard and the Drifter and progressing the search from one perspective or the opposite. You’ll be able to solely decide one aspect per character, so if you wish to see either side of the story, you’ll must run two characters. This can open up on March 12.
Invites of the 9 – These missions start as bounties that you could acquire from Xur every weekend, and over the course of 9 weeks, gamers can earn lore in regards to the 9 and unique rewards. These received’t start till Friday, March 15.
Evolving Over Time – Furthering Bungie’s targets of a consistently shifting and ever-evolving recreation world, all of this content material will likely be rolling out over time, so Gambit Prime will grow to be obtainable on new maps week over week, The Reckoning’s tougher tiers will unlock over the course of three weeks, and the Invites of the 9 and Allegiance missions will culminate in some fairly loopy stuff, if Bungie’s teases are to be believed.
Unique Quest – Apparently, there’s an Unique quest along with Thorn that’s unique to Annual Move holders. Bungie is remaining coy on this one, however it might very properly be tied into both the Allegiance quests or the Invites of the 9. After all, it might additionally simply stand by itself.
The entire expertise is centered round exploring The Drifter’s character extra and what he’s been as much as. He’s acquired a shady alliance with The 9, a confrontation with a mysterious character referred to as The Shadow, and is clearly stepping up his devious recreation as we’re requested to ally ourselves with both him or the Vanguard. The storytelling occurring by in-game actions and mechanics is an excellent strategy to increase the world we all know. You may get a fast early narrative preview of Gambit Prime and the way it’s roles operate on Bungie’s website.
The ViDoc additionally options Luke Smith, now the Franchise Director of Future, speaking about how that is actually the primary steps into what a Bungie managed Future seems to be like. We’re beginning to see them leaning into extra of the RPG mechanics and particular roles and play kinds. We’re starting to see an endgame loop that actually interweaves numerous recreation modes out and in of one another. It lends plenty of credence to that leak final yr concerning the course that the studio is taking with a rumored Future three. If that is what they’ll do with the present recreation, think about what they might do with an entire new recreation constructed from the bottom up.
As a self-professed (and accused) Future nut with greater than 1,500 hours of playtime in Future 2 alone, even I discovered myself straying from the trail and taking part in the sport much less and fewer within the final couple of months. The stream of content material wasn’t fairly sufficient to interact me, particularly after I had obtained principally every thing up for grabs. Season of the Drifter looks like it is going to shift the main focus to extra of a deal with particular play kinds. I particularly prevented Gambit for this final season to be able to not burn out on the PvEvP recreation mode earlier than it grew to become the central focus for Season 6, and I’m glad I made that selection. Future 2 Season of the Drifter is altering the sport for the higher and actually reshaping the sport’s future.