The Destiny Content Vault, launched in 2020 with the Beyond Light expansion, is a place where Bungie can store “less actively played” destinations and activities. According to the studio, Vault is necessary so that it can add new content without making the game uncontrollably bloated. When Walt first went live at the beginning of Destiny 2 Year 4, Bungie moved to Mars, Io, Titan, Mercury, Leviathan, and all their related material went into it. Today we learned that in February 2022, when Year 5 gets underway, the abandonment campaign and the Tangled Coast destination will also be added to the vault. Which is effectively to be removed from the game. The Dreaming City location, thankfully, is being spared for now.
“Vaulting this content allows us to launch The Witch Queen expansion and its new Throne World destination as well as new features such as weapon crafting, new legendary difficulty campaign options, new Glav weapon archetypes, as well as all additional content.” Will get four new seasons planned starting in February,” Bungie Explained.
That process would also mean the loss of the Presage and Harbinger alien missions, which reward Dead Man’s Tale and Hawkmoon weapons, respectively. Not a huge hassle for veterans who have had enough time to acquire those guns, but certainly a disadvantage for new players—especially because they’re some of the best activities in the game.
Some stuff from the same era of material is sticking around though. “While most Year 4 seasonal content will be vaulted, some Year 4 content will remain in Year 5, including Proving Grounds Strike and Battlegrounds activities,” Bungie continued. “Starting February, existing Battlegrounds will be added to a new ‘Vanguard Operations’ playlist with Strike that will be free to all players. In addition, Warden of Nothing Strike will remain in the game and available to all players. : Fee. Lastly, all of the Spider’s currency exchange function will be taken over by Master Rahul in the Tower when Tangled Shore is taken to the DCV.”
I’m not sure anyone trusts that lousy bastard Rahul to be any straighter from a dealer than the Spyder, but we’ll see.
To make sure everyone has a chance to dig into the excellent, Western-themed Forsaken campaign before the vault, Bungie will make it free to all players from December 7 until it ends in February 2022. Right now Forsaken is part of Destiny 2’s premium content. , and sells for $25/£20/€25, which obviously sounds a bit cheeky considering we now know it’s got to have a shelf life. December 7 will also see the release of the Forsaken Pack, which will include access to the Last Wish Raid and Shattered Throne dungeons, all Forsaken exotics, and three Forsaken ciphers. Anyone who buys Forsaken before December 7th will get the pack automatically.
It’s unusual for an MMO to separate a large chunk of paid content from players, a point we first noted when Destiny Content Vault was announced; And not everyone is happy with it.
I won’t stop thinking that the DSV does more harm than good, I would never support the removal of content/campaigns from the game. I think this has hurt his identity. That said, why are we removing Presses but keeping Battlegrounds??? Like, Presage was the best mission we got this year…October 7, 2021
It went bother amounts safe for luck until Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhd, but when they are, I really miss the planets. As someone who frequently wanders around in lost areas trying to build, having less to choose from just makes the game seem too short.October 7, 2021
The reactions aren’t unreasonable: If I was still a Destiny 2 player I might as well go a little crazy if my favorite content was only being cut to make life a little easier for Bungie. Plus, Destiny 2 is now four years old, and Bungie clearly knows what it’s doing, considering how well recent seasons have been. Notably, this year has seen a lot of progress on the story side of things, becoming something of a weekly soap opera for lore connoisseurs. Plus, many four-year games still aren’t getting major expansions, leading up to multi-year seasonal campaigns, and that pile of content undoubtedly creates some serious maintenance and headaches. Destiny 2 is arguably a unique beast, and requires unique healing as a result.
For all that said, it’s not hard to argue that less is ultimately more when it comes to planetary destinations. Cumulatively, the loss of Io, Mars, Leviathan, and the Tangled Coast, as well as Outbreak Proven, Whisper of the Worm, and now Presage’s mission, certainly represent a shrinking of diversity, further straining things. Huh. Weird Strike playlist that has to stick around forever.
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