Destiny 2‘s next expansion, Forsaken, has been touted to be the largest update the sci-fi shooter has seen so far, with new modes and significant changes to gameplay mechanics. According to Bungie, the format of raids will also take a new direction to support solo players.
In an E3 interview with GamesRadar, the developer revealed the DLC’s raid location, The Dreaming City, was constructed to give Guardians more to do than just the difficult endgame activity. Bungie’s Steve Cotton explained the team was aware that not all players enjoy or can complete raids and wanted to introduce a way for those solo Guardians to appreciate the raid destination. “But for people that are not able to do raids, this destination is going to feel like the pinnacle activity for them,” Cotton said.
In addition to the raid, players will have several solo mission and activities to complete around The Dreaming City. “So imagine if the raid just sort of trickled out into an island around the raid,” he said. “Everything that you can do out there is all kind of related.” Cotton also teased some of these solo and three-person missions outside of the raid will include more puzzle solving than previous missions.
Overall, it appears Bungie has used The Dreaming City as a way to make Destiny 2 more of a “hobby” for players, which means they’ll have more to do on a daily basis than just grinding for new gear. As Cotton explained, “A lot of the stuff we’ve been doing with Triumphs, and Collections, and The Dreaming City—which we’ve built as an endgame destination, so there’s secrets, and things to find, and challenges that are going to take you weeks and weeks to do—we want that hobby to be real.”
In addition to the enticing possibilities of Forsaken‘s raid destination, the DLC will introduce a new mode called Gambit, which will give Guardians an activity that melds PvP with PvE combat. The story will also be taking a darker turn than usual, as the developer has already revealed the death of the Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6 will kick off the events of Forsaken.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Forsaken expansion is set to launch on September 4th.