With Destiny 2‘s next expansion, Forsaken, arriving in a few weeks, Bungie has provided another sneak peek at the many changes coming. In particular, the developer laid out the new plans for Power leveling, the removal of certain activity difficulty levels, the fate of Trials of the Nine, and more.
In the latest This Week at Bungie, the developer revealed players will have a better chance at gaining more powerful gear and ultimately raising their Power levels with the team’s new approach to the acquisition of Power. Once Forsaken launches, the Power level of rewards from certain endgame activities, such as a Nightfall, raid, or raid lair, will scale to the player’s current level.
This will allow Guardians to receive items that will “never scale down to where they do not give an increase in Power.” For example, if a player can complete an activity 40 Power under the event’s recommended level, they will receive rewards that will increase their overall Power. The same will go for Guardians above the recommended level cap, as it will “still grant a reward at least one Power level above your current average.”
In an interesting twist, Bungie will be doing away with Heroic strikes and Prestige Nightfalls. Instead, players will have access to three different difficulties in the strike playlist—Power 300, 400, or 500. While the 500 option will be available at all times, only players with a Power level of 335 or below will have access to level 300, while players with Power levels between 435 and 340 will have access to the 400 tier.
As for Nightfall, the Prestige version will be taken away in favor of an overall increase in difficulty to the base activity. Players will also have three different Nightfall strikes to choose from each week, giving them a change in scenery and a better chance of finding a unique reward they might be missing. Similarly, Ikora Rey’s Meditations will be leaving the game and replaced with a Heroic story playlist.
Two other major activities—Trials of the Nine and Faction Rally—will be taking a hiatus in season four. The developer explained that it will be working on improving both events to bring them back down the line potentially. Both activities have received criticism from players during the game’s first year, from a lack of unique rewards to faulty matchmaking.
Outside of the revisions to many in-game activities, Bungie also briefly touched on some changes to the Eververse with Forsaken‘s arrival. For one, the Prismatic Matrix will return in season four, providing players with a better way to receive Eververse-exclusive gear without the need for microtransactions. The second addition will be Eververse Bounties, a reward system that will give players a task to complete in exchange for a set amount of Bright Dust.
A few of the features, including the previously announced weapon slot changes, will be available on August 28th, a week before Forsaken‘s launch. However, the major changes and the new campaign will be locked to the DLC, so players interested in jumping in should preorder the expansion soon.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Forsaken DLC will arrive on September 4th.
Source: Bungie's blog