Two new trailers – one of which was created for the ongoing Gamescom show in Cologne – have provided insight into the forthcoming Shadowkeep expansion for Destiny 2.
Shadowkeep, which is due to go live in the online multiplayer shooter on 1 October 2019, will focus on the robotic Vex, bringing players back to their stronghold of the Moon and teaming Guardians up with Eris Morn. Developer/publisher Bungie gave the following synopsis of its general storyline: “As the heroes of the last safe city turn their attention to the far-reaching frontiers of our galaxy, new Nightmares have emerged from an ancient evil that once slumbered beneath the Lunar surface.
Awakened by the curiosity of Eris Morn, this evil poses a sinister threat far beyond her understanding.
“Return to the Moon. Journey deep into a mysterious Hive Keep. Work with Eris to slay the Nightmares before they cast humanity into an age of darkness for good. Fight, earn, and infuse to reach the new Power cap of 960. Level up your Seasonal Artifact and exceed the Power limit of your weapons and armour to overcome impossible challenges.”
Among the Shadowkeep innovations that the trailer teases are new bosses and, for the first time in a Destiny game, finishing moves, known prosaically as Finishers, about which Bungie said: “Blast arcane energy as a Warlock, flourish your knives as a Hunter, and strike with the greatest Titan weapon of all, your fist. Rush a weakened enemy to activate a devastating final blow. Equip Finisher Mods that use Super energy to customize its effects, such as self-healing or spawning Heavy ammo for your fireteam.”
Bungie also released a trailer showcasing the Season of the Undying, which will kick off on 1 October when Shadowkeep arrives (and will be accessible by all Destiny 2 players, whether or not they purchase Shadowkeep).
Unsurprisingly, the Season of the Undying will also bring the Vex and the Moon to the fore, as the Vex seek to defend the Black Garden, from whence they originated. In a purported leak from an anonymous individual with hooks into Bungie, it was claimed that Shadowkeep will feature the awakening of Typhon, a powerful creature who belongs to a long-rumoured new race in the game called the Veil. However, since that leak was posted to 4Chan – notorious as a home for trolls and the like – it should perhaps not be taken as gospel.
However, the two trailers suggest that Shadowkeep will live up to the high quality set by Destiny 2’s recent items of DLC. The Shadowkeep expansion will cost £29.99 for those who only have the base edition of the game, and Bungie will sell various bundles that include it. For more information, visit Shadowkeep’s website.