Destiny 2's next expansion, Warmind, is launching soon
Joshua Rowe Apr 11, 2018 • 2 min read • Posted in Console
Bungie is already releasing the second expansion for Destiny 2, titled Warmind, on May 8 as part of their updated development roadmap covering additional seasons of Destiny 2.
Destiny 2 season three is in for a huge update, shortly following the Go Fast patch that was released just a few weeks ago. Bungie is saying that Warmind "will send you to new places to meet new heroes and battle new enemies. You'll earn new loot and master new activities."
The all-new story for the second Destiny 2 expansion is described as this from Bungie's website:
Golden Age satellites slam into the surface of the Hellas Basin on Mars. Icy glaciers thaw, revealing the core of the Warmind Rasputin – and an ancient Hive army, bent on its destruction. Ana Bray, a Guardian long thought lost, searches for a connection to her past…one that could be hidden forever beneath the polar ice cap of Mars.
Bungie promises to show off some of the expansion a few weeks before the update's actual release - April 24 to be exact - and has confirmed players will get to see changes in content distribution in the Crucible, the game's competitive multiplayer mode.
Bungie had some additional comments about the new updates:
For every player of Destiny 2, we’ll be releasing all of the new Crucible Maps being developed for Warmind into matchmaking. The same goes for the maps we released with Curse of Osiris. To keep the community in the Crucible unified, everyone will see new arenas in matchmade playlists like Quickplay, Competitive, Trials of the Nine, Iron Banner, as well as the new weekly rotators that include Rumble and Mayhem. That means more opponents for everyone. With the arrival of Private Matches, players will need to purchase each Expansion to have exclusive access to play those Crucible maps with other players in a private match.
Escalation Protocol is a new addition to the game, allowing for a public, player-triggered event where players fight escalating waves of enemies and challenging bosses alongside their Fireteam or other Guardians. This may sound like the current public events scattered throughout the maps of Destiny 2, except this new event includes seven waves of increasingly difficult combat for additional ways to earn exclusive new weapons and armor.
Bungie's updated development roadmap for Destiny 2 illustrates a few items that have moved from the 1.2.0 update to Summer, including Faction Rallies improvements and exotic armor changes, extending into September for season four.
The thing I'm most excited about is the return of bounties, something I felt was lacking since the original Destiny and something I really enjoyed working towards through the other missions.
Here is the official theatrical trailer for the upcoming expansion: