The Evolution of Destiny 2 – The Curse of Osiris and More!

Destiny 2 released on PC October 24 and has received rave reviews. From the buttery, uncapped frames to the super fun PvP sandbox, Destiny looks and feels great on PC. But, the endgame issues that plague consoles are looming for PC players as well. Bungie recently released news on the Live Team plans, general updates, and upcoming DLC which paints a road map for steady and constant improvement.

Destiny 2 has been out for eight weeks and many ‘engaged’ players have bumped up against the limitations of the endgame. Making the game more accessible for a casual, first-person experience appears to have come at the cost of the core player’s long-term engagement. This was recently exacerbated by the cancellation of Trials of the Nine for two weeks due to issues with one of the game’s emotes, the Bureaucratic Walk. Even with these critical issues, many players feel the game is fantastic, detailed, and has a ton of potential; guardians are waiting with bated breath to see whether or not Bungie will bring the game back from this endgame cliff. With that, we look forward to the Curse of Osiris, Season Two, and the work being done by the Live Team.

The Curse of Osiris

The Curse of Osiris is the first DLC for Destiny 2. It is scheduled for release on December 5th, 2017 on both console and PC.  It is fair to say that there is a lot riding on this upcoming DLC – guardians are expecting exciting new stories, fantastic gear to earn, and better reasons to play.

From what we know, Ikora Rey is asking us to find her old Mentor, Osiris, on Mercury. She implies that we will need him to help us stop a Vex invasion. Interestingly, Ikora hints that she does not know if Osiris will be a friend or foe. Osiris was pictured in the DLC’s first trailer as a dawnblade, no-scoping, feathered Egyptian warlock bad-ass. We know Osiris was once an apprentice of the Speaker who was exiled from the Tower for his obsession with the Vex. Adventures on Nessus also hint that he is trapped somewhere (see ‘Hack the Planet’). The community has discovered that Osiris has been separated from his ghost, which is voiced by former Firefly cast member, Morena Baccari.

In the trailer we also see Brother Vance (Destiny 1 NPC from the Reef) standing in the Lighthouse, which is described as a new social space on Mercury. We also hear tell of an Infinite Forest, described as “a simulated reality in the middle of time, controlled by the Vex.” The DLC trailer featured shots showing (what looks like) the Vault of Glass, Jade Rabbit, Telesto, Thorn, and a new trace rifle similar to Coldheart. There will be new missions, strikes, world quests, and raid content. There is speculation that this may be a ‘raid-like activity’ or might bring back an old raid (like Vault of Glass). The level cap and power levels will be increased to reflect this expansion (25 and 330, respectively).

Bungie will host three Twitch live streams to tell us more about this new adventure. Stay tuned. The first one will be 11 AM Pacific, Wednesday, November 15th.

Season 2 and the Live Team

Season 2 will drop at the same time as the Curse of Osiris DLC; however, we will have a Faction Rally, starting this week, and another Iron Banner before this season is over. The Faction Rally, November 7-13, will test the loyalties in the Community. The winning faction offers are a sword (New Monarchy), fusion rifle (Future War Cult), and a grenade launcher (Dead Orbit). It will be interesting to see if another faction can beat out our first winner, Dead Orbit. The Live Team has already made a few small changes to the way faction tokens are earned. Strikes now reward 5 to 9 faction tokens; Nightfall now rewards 10 to 18 faction tokens (on first completion, per character; Heroic Public Events reward 5 faction tokens; Lost Sector Chests reward 3 faction tokens. Destroying enemy resources no longer rewards faction tokens. These changes are designed to give players a reason to play different activities. There were also improvements made to certain crucible modes to improve the player experience (I’m looking at you, Survival).

Season 2 also brings the winter-themed Dawning event and a new crucible map. Read more about these exciting updates here.

With so much new content and critical improvements to look forward to in December, this guardian is feeling optimistic.