Destiny 2 is bringing back, Bungie continues to drip feed Beyond Light information through its weekly This Week at Bungie blog posts, and this week the focus is on Destiny 2’s core activities and associated loot. In the post, Bungie announced the return of pursuit weapons special, curated guns that are earned through a quest that involves playing through either Strikes, Crucible or Gambit.
A quick history of Destiny 2 ‘pursuit’ loot: in Year 2, it came in the form of pinnacle weapons, which had unique perks that made for some of the strongest guns in the game. Mountaintop, Recluse, Revoker, 21% Delirium, Wendigo GL3 and Loaded Question are all things I still regularly use, because they’re still arguably the best weapons in their particular class.
Spoilers for the lore book lie below:
On Io, wizened Warlock Asher Mir meets with Eris and sends his assistant packing before descending into the Vex Pyramidion, intent on keeping its secrets from the Pyramid ship. The suggestion is he then brings the enormous structure down upon himself.
Alone on Titan, Sloane arms herself for an impossible battle against the Pyramid, and heads on out to confront it single-handed. It seems unlikely she will last for long. On Mercury, Brother Vance realises the end is nigh and finally finishes his studies, before venturing into the Vex’s Infinite Forest of realities and possibilities, apparently sealing it shut behind him. We leave him locked in a struggle with another version of him, his fate uncertain.
Meanwhile, on Mars, Ana Bray downloads the remnants of a dying Rasputin into an engram as she evacuates the planet. We last see her making it off the surface in a ship with an “experimental Exo chassis” inside, the implication being this now houses Rasputin itself.
In short, things don’t look good for Asher, Sloane and Vance. Destiny 2 is bringing back, But are they all really dead? Each are given send-offs which could work as endings for their stories, though none seem explicit enough to stop Bungie bringing them back with a bit of narrative hand waving in the future. The developer has changed its mind in the past about certain characters’ stories being over – and has only ever confirmed one character as being permanently dead.
More likely, this is Bungie parking these characters – yes, perhaps permanently as it readies Destiny 2 for the deletion of their worlds, giving fans answers as to their whereabouts until they are called upon again.
Indeed, Bungie has said all of its soon-to-be-deleted locations are simply being put into a “vault” from which they may at some point return. So who knows – Vance may yet stumble out of that Infinite Forest alive when Mercury returns in Destiny 5.