In the E3 Forsaken expansion trailer, Destiny 2 fans were treated to a shocking and sobering surprise when it was revealed the Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6 will die in the upcoming DLC. While many Guardians believed there would be a catch to his demise, Bungie confirmed he’s gone and won’t be coming back.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Destiny 2 project lead Scott Taylor dashed away any hope that the wise-cracking Vanguard would be brought back to life. “He is dead. I will 100 percent confirm Cayde’s dead,” Taylor said.
As players saw in the trailer, the fan-favorite Hunter, who’s been voiced by actor Nathan Fillion since 2014, is gunned down by Uldren Sov, brother of the Queen of the Reef. The murder is short and brutal, creating a darker tone than players likely expected from the upcoming expansion’s story. According to Taylor, choosing the lovable Cayde-6 and this somber approach was intentional.
It was always Cayde. It was really important that it’s Cayde because Cayde is at a really unique place in the universe. We wanted to tell a story with tremendous stakes that’s deeply personal, and we were talking about how we could make both the players on the couch at home, as well as the Guardian in the game, feel something where it was very clear what your motivation was. Cayde has a lot of emotional attachment. If Destiny wants to embrace that tone and that darkness, we want to be able to surprise people. We don’t want to be conservative in our storytelling; we want to not be safe. It felt really important to us to do something that would be shocking.
As for the person responsible for Cayde-6’s death, Taylor explained Uldren will be following the path he believes is right, and that we “should really hate the people who did this.” However, he’ll be a complicated antagonist that will stretch players to “understand very clear why he’s doing this.”
The developer also stated the tragic moment will begin early on in the events of Forsaken and will carry through to the new raid, the Dreaming City. “The raid is directly related to the story of Forsaken. It’s not a side thing,” he said. “It is an ultimate culmination of everything that you’ve learned, but that doesn’t mean the obvious thing.”
Of course, the fall expansion will have more than just terror and dread. Bungie previously revealed a new mode called Gambit will meld PvP with PvE for an experience that has never been offered before in Destiny. Two separate fireteams will take on powerful enemies to reach a final boss, but they can also sabotage the other team by sending over a Guardian to rack up kills. To get a short overview, check out our hands-on time with the new activity.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Forsaken expansion launches September 4th.
Source: PC Gamer