As part of the recent Destiny 2 content roadmap, Bungie revealed it plans to make several changes to raid activities, including the addition of a Prestige mode for raid lairs. The development team has now provided further details, making it clear Guardians will have to approach a raid’s harder difficulty setting in a new way.
According to senior designer Joe Blackburn in Bungie’s latest blog post, all Prestige raid activities, including the raid lair Eater of Worlds, will lock Guardians into a specific loadout and mod. In his words: “This new version of Prestige requires players to complete raids filled with deadly enemies using a curated loadout of weapons and a special modifier that enhances the way you play.”
Arriving with the launch of Expansion II in May, the Prestige challenge will get a refresh each week, offering a new loadout and mod to utilize. Blackburn offers a few hypothetical setups to show off the new system, which seems to restrict Guardians to using a specific gun-type in each weapon category. Here are two examples the team gives:
- Raid Activity: Eater of Worlds
- Modifier: Marksman. Precision damage is increased. Landing a precision shot grants one ammo directly to the magazine.
- Required Loadout:
- Kinetic: Hand Cannon
- Energy: Scout Rifle
- Power: Linear Fusion
- Raid Activity: Expansion 2 Raid Lair
- Modifier: Gladiator. Your melee damage is increased and melee kills grant bonus Super.
- Required Loadout:
- Kinetic: Sidearm
- Energy: Submachine gun
- Power: Shotgun
While Guardians will have to use specific gun types, they will be able to use any version they desire. For example, the first week states a Kinetic hand cannon must be used, meaning any hand cannon from the primary category is allowed. Blackburn said the team believed a locked loadout would offer weekly “replayability” and a chance to “engage with different weapons in your vault.”
Essentially, it seems the team wanted to step away from simply offering harder enemies in Prestige, as Guardians have quickly learned how to make the hard mode a breeze using the right weapons. The updated system will require weekly effort to solve, such as how to properly match a weapon with a mod. Overall, it will be interesting to see how players embrace the changes and if they will culminate to a greater challenge.
Raid fixes were just one of many reworks listed in the roadmap, meaning more updates similar to these Prestige notes will likely come soon. For one, Activision revealed a “major expansion” will be coming later this year after the arrival of Expansion II. Bungie has also recently detailed what types of gear Guardians can earn in the upcoming Crimson Days event.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.