Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost returns: new Exotics, Haunted Forest, more - Dexerto

Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost returns: new Exotics, Haunted Forest, more

Published: 2/Oct/2020 4:35

by Brad Norton


Destiny 2’s annual Halloween-themed takeover, Festival of the Lost, is coming back in full effect with a ton of new loot, challenges, and plenty of frights.

Each and every year Bungie shakes up the state of Destiny with a number of unique limited-time events. From Valentine’s Day to a Christmas-themed ‘Dawning’ takeover, there’s always something around the corner. Now, it’s that time of the year where things get a little spooky.


As we gear up for Halloween, the Festival of the Lost event is coming back in full force. From a complete makeover of the Tower to a ton of new loot, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.

While early leaks gave us a good look at what to expect, we now have full confirmation of everything coming in the 2020 iteration. Here’s a complete rundown of the upcoming Festival of the Lost event in Destiny 2.


When does the 2020 Festival of the Lost event begin?

No different from previous years, Festival of the Lost is set to coincide with this year’s Halloween festivities. You can gear up for the celebrations well ahead of time though as the season event kicks off on Oct. 6 and runs until Nov. 3.

There’s no exact time locked in for the transition, though events usually roll around at the time of typical Destiny 2 updates.

Be on the lookout for Festival of the Lost to start at roughly 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.


The Haunted Forest returns

Destiny 2 Haunted Forest eventThe Infinite Forest will be haunted throughout the limited-time event.

The Infinite Forest will once again be overrun by darkness during this event. Players will have a few weeks to “race the clock” and push through as many waves as possible in a timely manner. While you’ll be met with “ghoulish enemies,” the rewards are more plentiful than ever before.

“This year, we’ve added five chests to the end of the activity,” Bungie outlined in the latest weekly blog post. This means “five times the loot,” though you’ll need to prepare before setting on your run through the Haunted Forest.

After speaking with Spider, Cipher Decoders will begin dropping across Destiny 2. Regardless of what mode you’re playing or what activity you’re pushing through, expect to see a ton of these drop in a similar vein to Umbral Engrams.


Two weapons are up for grabs in the Haunted Forest loot pool. The Legendary Auto Rifles Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story can both be found in the chests and they even come with “new perk combinations.”

Frightful rewards are around every corner

Destiny 2 rewardsA handful of Exotic rewards are on the line throughout this event.

As with each seasonal event, exclusive loot is available throughout the Festival of the Lost. While the aforementioned weapons are one aspect to look forward to, there’s plenty to get excited about.


“A new Exotic Sparrow, ship, and Ghost are all wrapped up and ready for your collection,” Bungie confirmed. These three items are all unlocked through candy, though you’ll need to complete three specific Triumphs first. Completing Haunted Forest runs and opening chests will be vital.

Destiny 2 triumphsA look at every Triumph coming in the Festival of the Lost update.

On top of these, expect to see a wide array of Festival Masks throughout every activity during the event. “There are new masks available this year as well as some favorites from the past.” From villains to your favorite characters and even engrams, players can dress up as pretty much anyone or anything in Destiny 2.

Last but not least, each class will also be receiving a “new line of spooky universal armor ornaments.” Warlocks can turn into chilling vampires, Hunters can don a Little Red Riding Hood inspired outfit, while Titan’s can appear as monstrous beings with broken armor and chains.

Destiny 2 armorEach class will have a full set of armor ornaments to chase.

Be sure to get your Fireteam ready for some Haunted Forest runs over the next few weeks. Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost event kicks off on October 6.


Bungie reveals major Destiny 2 engine upgrades ahead of Beyond Light

Published: 25/Sep/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


While the Destiny community anxiously awaits the next big adventure with the Beyond Light expansion, tons of significant tech overhauls are also being implemented under the hood to make the experience that much better.

It’s safe to say that since the original launch in 2014, Destiny has seen some major improvements over the years. From releasing on the PS3 to jumping into the realm of 4K gaming on high-end PCs, the engine has been put through the wringer.


While the jump from Destiny 1 to Destiny 2 allowed for a major refresh and an engine update, Bungie no longer has that kind of luxury. The studio confirmed that Destiny 3 will never happen as they focus their efforts on refining and adding to the Destiny 2 experience instead. As a result, major engine updates and tech overhauls can’t take place with the release of a whole new game.

To accommodate for the new structure, the next big batch of refinements will be arriving on November 10 with Beyond Light. Here’s how Bungie is drastically improving the Destiny 2 engine for the next major expansion.


The latest developer blog post touched on a wide array of subjects thanks to insight from Destiny Engineering Director David Aldridge. One such topic was the core structure of the ever-expanding FPS RPG title. 

When Destiny 2 originally launched, Bungie expected it to last a few years before pivoting to a new game with a new refresh. The first game only lasted three years, for instance. “At the time, we thought Destiny 2’s arc would look a lot more like Destiny 1 – a couple of expansions, and then a sequel,” he explained. Due to this transition, the developers were able to overhaul the engine and truly expand on the game’s capabilities.

Without a fully-fledged sequel on the horizon, such monumental changes need to come through somehow. “We’ve made several tech investments to help us sustainably evolve the game for years to come, and some of those investments are arriving in Beyond Light,” Aldirdged revealed.


Many of these upcoming changes might go unnoticed. Though “some may result in neat improvements, curious behavior differences, or bugs,” he admitted.

“We shifted our mission scripting model to run on the Physics Host instead of the Mission Host.” This allows designers to “create more novel mission mechanics.” Expect to see all-new types of objectives, encounters, enemy types, and more throughout the Beyond Light storyline.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light
Expect all new kinds of gameplay experiences in the new expansion.

“The new scripting environment changed many behaviors in complex ways, and you may see interesting behavior changes or bugs in pre-Beyond-Light missions.” Many have already been squashed, though “some will undoubtedly slip through,” he warned.


On top of fascinating new dynamics in moment to moment gameplay, the huge tech upgrade also allows for simpler matchmaking. Until now, if you want to join a friend in the Tower, you’d have to fly back out to orbit. From there, the game would load you into their version of the social space. That’ll soon be a thing of the past. “Face-to-face joins in social spaces” will be possible in Beyond Light. “You can now fireteam up with Tower friends without a long Tower reload!”

While matchmaking will be sped up, so too will the content creation process for Bungie.


In previous seasons Bungie would have to develop future content well ahead of time. If there was a major issue in one season, it likely couldn’t be fixed for quite some time, potentially not even in the following season. Developers could only react so fast as content needed to be in the works well ahead of release.

That’s changing with the new overhaul, however. Bungie will now have far more flexibility and be able to “pivot more quickly.”

Destiny 2 tower
Joining your friends in the Tower will be a breeze in Beyond Light.

All of these massive changes will come at a cost, however. “Beyond Light will be a full re-download on all platforms,” the weekly blog post confirmed on September 24.

Once you’ve got the fresh version up and running, your platform of choice will be far happier. Destiny 2’s install size will soon be “30-40 percent” smaller.