What I think: Destiny 2 – Expansion II: Warmind

Is there still live in Destiny 2 with the Expansion II: Warmind?

After my review of Destiny 2 and playing through the little content that the first DLC (Rise of Osiris) got us, I easily quit Destiny 2 and looked towards other games to play. Now with Destiny 2’s second Expansion coming up, called Warmind, I’m still not too sure about how much this DLC can get me back into the game and if I should even bother to install it again on my PS4. Now before the official reveal stream of Bungie was held, there was also a “community summit” of internet creators, meaning streamers and youtubers alike, and non creators, most likely people from the community at Bungie’s forum website. One of these people was Datto, who was one of the first raiders that finished the initial Destiny 1 Vanilla raid and from then on built a community around his presence. His analysis videos and deep understanding of game mechanics was and is based around what he learned worked well in World of Warcraft and of course also from the first Destiny and how many iterations and updates it took to become a solid, meaning good, game. His impressions of the Destiny fan summit can be viewed down below in full. To me this was great news as not only did Bungie finally open up more to what the community thinks, but also they did it before things were already developed and tested. Ideas were shared with the people on location and feedback was collected. Hopefully this means a lot of weaker aspects that would have taken time away from better things that Bungie could develop have been pushed back at least if not stopped completely. To me, I am getting more hopeful that at least with the fall Expansion, which is rumored to be the same size as the Taken Kind DLC for Destiny 1, with the implied meaning of a bigger overhaul of the systems, making the game more attractive again to a big audience, especially the old fans of Destiny 1. We’ll see and update. Down below are my thoughts on the Destiny 2 – Expansion II: Warmind based on the reveal stream that Bungie held today on their Twitch channel.

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Another cool thing, also at least one streamer/YouTube, fellow gamer, reviewer of weapons for Destiny 1 and 2 and longtime podcaster Holtzmann has joined Bungie for the coming months to aid with the gameplay design aspect of Destiny 2. I’m really glad to see someone from the community finding the way to Bungie with a fresh mindset and new influence to bring into the studio over the coming months. Congratulations from the whole crew at The New Byte. 🙂

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Expansion II: Warmind – new hope or old problems reheated?

Warmind will take you back to the Mars of Destiny 2. This time Mars is not just a desert place like in Destiny 1, in Destiny 2 everything is covered in ice as we see the ice caps melting from the poles of the planet. Why is that happening? Well the warmind known as Rasputin has awoken and is calling down a lot of satellites from orbit. These heat up the ice caps of Mars and leading to free not just water but also a hidden frozen kind of  Hive enemies. Leading to many encounters will also the new game mode Escalation Protocol. A public mission type that is activated by just going to a little tower and starting a horde style mode. Waves of enemies spawn and attack you and with a weekly rotation, reaching the highest level 5 of these waves, you’ll meet a big boss that can drop special loot for you and your team. Randoms may join this activity as well, leading to a nice open world experience everyone can easily drop into. Players of the original Destiny 1 will be quite familiar with this a activity since it was known as Court of Oryx, which also had different tiers of enemies and even a miniature Crota boss fight, the boss from the second ever raid of Destiny 1. Seems to be quite a fun activity, requiring you not only to fight of enemies but also user their weapons at times or to shut down other problems like bombs on the field.

See the introduction animation movie right here for Expansion II: Warmind.

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The road ahead with Destiny 2

With Season 3, we will also see a lot of reworks in the weapon balance system. Alongside of private PvP matches which the community was asking for for a while now and also ranked PvP modes that will have you play for ranks and special only to these ranked PvP ladders weapons. In the future, we will also get a new expansion that will be released in the fall. Friends who are familiar with Destiny 1 know that each year after the initial launch of Destiny 1 we got also a bigger expansion to the game that reworked a lot of ways how to play the game, next to the more fine ways like weapon balancing can change the game flow. I’m quite happy for now what I saw and hope that the attached raid lair for the Warmind expansion will also be fun to play and worth it lootwise. Destiny 2 Expansion II: Warmind releases already on May 8th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

See the roadmap for Destiny 2 here, based on the Bungie update letter we received in this post: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/46735