No more speculation, after a last minute leak, Bungie has moved official reveal timing and has finally spilled the beans about Destiny 2 season 17, a new experiment in near-total secrecy ahead of launch.
Today, along with a new trailer, Bungie has finally revealed the actual name, Season of the Haunted, which did leak out in some circles ahead of time, but no one knew whether or not it was legitimate. It was!
So, why hide that name? Well, it may be about what’s haunted, which is Calus’ Leviathan megaship, which was sunset when the Pyramids arrived and Beyond Light hit, but now has returned this season to in a “corrupted” form to commune with the dormant pyramid on the moon. Calus has been working on some sort of scheme to serve the darkness, possibly to attempt to become a Disciple like Rhulk, and guess what? We have to stop him.
And we will do so using solar 3.0, the new subclass which was also kept hidden until right this moment, even though again, some pretty steep clues pointed in that direction (for once, one of my predictions panned out).
We have a small amount of information about the seasonal content that launches in just a few hours. The list:
Story: Leviathan is corrupted, overtaken by darkness. We will be going back through old zones like the Dogs/Throne rooms that are now transformed. The story centers on Crow, Zavala and Caiatl confronting old “Nightmare” demons who haunt them, like Eris was haunted by her dead fireteam. The shots indicate Crow faces Uldren, Caiatl faces Ghaul and Zavala might face his dead former love, I don’t recognize her otherwise. I need to confirm this, but the Leviathan seems like it may be an actual freeroam space now, at least the parts that have been brought back for this season (and possibly permanently).
Nightmare Containment: We are back to fighting Nightmares on the moon. These are not the old Nightmare Hunts, but battles that will take place inside the newly corrupted Leviathan somewhere. This activity is free for all players. Not sure about playercount yet, but Bungie has been doing mostly 6 man stuff as of late.
Sever: This is some sort of paid seasonal activity that has players navigating the Underbelly of the Leviathan to reveal the truth behind Calus’s plan and sever the Nightmares he controls. Not sure if this could be something akin to Season of the Splicer’s Expunge-type missions.
Solar 3.0: No details here other than we can “light the flame of creativity” with the aspect and fragment system. Many speculated that the new element was being kept a secret because it was tied to the story, but no confirmation of that here yet.
Loot: From the press kit, I’ve seen images of moon-themed armor that I assume is the season base set, some wicked, Ghost Rider-looking armor that are probably high-level ornaments, and a solar Eververse set like the void one we got last time. New loot is again, pretty evil looking, and includes a new scout rifle, rocket launchers, glaive and legendary trace rifle. But most pressingly, Bungie has brought back four classic Menagerie weapons, Calus MINI Tool, Beloved, Drang and Austringer, presumably with new perks and an origin trait. There’s also a new scythe players can wield, but I think that’s like a relic weapon for the activity, not actual loot.
Trespasser: The one exotic Bungie is revealing is one that they accidentally revealed a few weeks ago, the return of the Trespasser, Shiro-4’s exotic arc sidearm from Destiny 1’s Rise of Iron. This is the season pass exotic all players will get.
The Dungeon: No new information here other than its “secrets are tightly under wraps.” Given the events of the season, I’d be somewhat surprised if it wasn’t on the Leviathan, but technically the dungeon is not seasonal content, it’s bought separately through the deluxe edition of Witch Queen or in a special two-dungeon pack for sale. So really it could be anywhere. I don’t believe any loot or screenshots from the dungeon are shown in the press kit.
It does not sound like things like the vaulted raids or Menagerie are returning as activities, but uses some of those old areas, and the fact that the ship is back at all could open that door down the road.
Even with this last-minute reveal, it’s clear that Bungie is probably keeping a lot about this season a secret. Was all this worth the mystery and hype? I mean, logging in to find Calus’ ship above the moon is a pretty big deal, but we’ll see how the season pans out from here. I’m certainly excited, based on what I’m hearing here.
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