A long awaited announcement from Bungie has ended the uncertainty surrounding Destiny‘s future.
Earlier this week, Bungie announced the upcoming and final event we’ll see in Destiny. The final event will mark the end of Bungie’s work on Destiny before moving onto the sequel, which in a recent investors call, was confirmed as still being on track for a 2017 release.
So what’s in store?
In a Bungie blog post titled, “The Road Ahead” the dev team announced plans for an event called the “Age of Triumph”. The event is said to bring a fitting close to Destiny 1 with a memorable and entertaining trip down memory lane, celebrating the accomplishments of the last three years.
Bungie have also invited fans to a handful of Twitch.tv livestreams over the coming weeks, to bring to light what we can expect from this finale, with the first livestream happening on Wednesday, 8th March, with the second stream broadcasting on the 15th and the third and final stream on the 22nd. We would imagine the event would start the following week, either on the weekly reset, which happens each Tuesday (28th) or the Wednesday (29th), keeping in trend with the streams each being a week apart.
In typical Bungie fashion, the post also contained clues as to what we could expect to see in the event. These three images were posted within the update and have had plenty of members of the community in a stir.
The first of the three images had the biggest tease around it, as eagle-eyed viewers would spot that this screenshot is taken outside of the “Vault of Glass”. In other words, Destiny‘s first and arguably the best Raid in the game. This pretty much confirms the community’s speculation around the return of the old Raids. Currently, there are four Raids in the game; Vault of Glass, Crota’s End, King’s Fall and Wrath of the Machine, with only the latter being overly relevant in terms of current loot and character progression. This has meant that for some time three Raids worth of content has gone to waste and many members of the community cried out and have asked Bungie to make these Raids relevant again. This could very easily be the last “hurrah!” for these fantastic bits of content, especially seeing as it’s unlikely we will revisit them in Destiny 2.
The return of the Raids was also teased in the “Age of Triumph” emblem;
Whilst the shield to the top-right of the emblem bares the geometric-patterns associated with each class, the shield to the top-left is divided into four quadrants. In clockwise order, the two swords tease the Crota’s End Raid, the diamonds tease the SIVA-infected Wrath of the Machine Raid, the eight trident-looking shapes on black background tease the King’s Fall Raid and finally, the pointed pyramid design bares a striking resemblance to the room entered at the end of the Vault of Glass. I don’t believe the three ships at the bottom half of the shield carry any particular relevance and were simply used by the designers as space-fillers for the design of the crest.
The second of the aforementioned pictures highlights a collection of current activities available to budding guardians. The second livestream, on the 15th, is said to cover a revisit to some of the weekly activities we’ve grown to love. Once again, the icon for the Raids reappears, strangely enough alongside the icon for the wave-based activity known as the Prison of Elders. This was certainly one of my favourite activities in the game for a long while, however it became outdated when new content arrived and the loot it had to offer was simply not as good as what I could find in other areas of the game, therefore, PoE simply faded into darkness. It would be fantastic to revisit the Prison.
The third picture shows a hunter dressed in armour unfamiliar to the community. The cloak, chest piece, gauntlets, helmet and leg armour all seem to be of a new mechanical-looking set. This comes at a bizarre time as, in the same update, Bungie also announced plans for Destiny 2, regarding your current gear not carrying over to the sequel.
That’s right! After many debates and theories as to what Bungie would do with current gear, including exotics many of us farmed for for days, weeks, if not months, we’ve finally been given the answer. Bungie said;
“Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more. This led us to a decision that would enable us to serve both the game and the player’s best interests: Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward. They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1.”
Bungie also stated that although gear won’t be coming across, character customisation, i.e the appearance of your guardian will. Veterans players that continue onto the sequel will also be rewarded with in-game vanity items boasting their loyalty to the series. Naturally, this announcement will cause a slight rift amongst fans as many people spent weeks grinding Strikes to get the famed Imago Loop hand-cannon, or the God-roll on the Clever Dragon pulse rifle, etc. I, for one, am happy.
For fans of Destiny, it’s advisable to pen the dates for the livestreams in your calendar to see what the finale of this game will have to offer. Expect Bungie to go live on the 8th March around 10am PST/6pm GMT. Hit this link to head to the Bungie Twitch page.
UPDATE: Bungie have just now released a trailer for Age of Triumph. Check it out below;