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Destiny 2 is finally reworking Ghosts ahead of Beyond Light

Published: 21/Sep/2020 8:26

by Isaac McIntyre

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Destiny 2 is finally set to rework Ghosts ahead of the Beyond Light expansion release, the Bungie development team has confirmed. This will include “highly useful mods,” the devs revealed, as well as new customizable Ghost options.

Beyond Light will bring the “Ghost 2.0” rework Guardians have long been demanding, Bungie confirmed in the latest This Week at Bungie. This planned Year 4 rework will include a deluge of customization options for the Destiny 2 buddies.

Ghosts have been around for the entire Destiny franchise ⁠— heck, one even revived the main hero right at the start of the series ⁠— but Bungie has left them largely untouched throughout their seven-year lifespan. That is, until now.

Ghosts are finally getting reworked in Destiny 2 after years of basically being cosmetic items.
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Ghosts are finally getting reworked in Destiny 2 after years of basically being cosmetic items.

The update will see Ghosts handed energy levels, and be given access to multiple mods that will increase this level. These new systems will have various energy costs, Bungie explained, and will replace the perks Ghosts currently come equipped with.

Ghost shells will come with a number of mod options by default, all of which can be acquired through gameplay. They “cannot be purchased from Eververse,” Destiny’s infamous in-game store,  the devs stressed in the Sep. 17 blog post.

Each Ghost will also boast four mod slots post-Beyond Light. The first three will be unlocked by default, while the fourth can only be accessed via masterworking.

These energy level upgrades will also carry various costs. These include enhancement cores, legendary shards, and glimmer. The mods will be separated into activity, economic, tracking, and experience, depending on the upgrade.

Bungie's example of the new Ghost rework coming in Beyond Light.
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Bungie’s example of the new Ghost rework coming in Beyond Light.

This update will also separate the appearance of Ghosts from their functionality. Destiny has long paired ghost looks with its bonuses and power-ups. That is no longer the plan, Destiny 2 designer Mina Jasinski explained over the weekend.

“One of our goals with this update was to separate visuals from functionality. We wanted any Ghost Shell to be viable and still have access to useful mods, regardless of tier or source.

“You’ll be able to select your favorite Ghost Shell based on appearance without any detriment to your experience. Whether you purchase a Ghost Shell from Eververse, earn it from the newest raid or pull an old favorite out of Collections, your ghost will have access to all the same mods across your account. 

“From there you can increase energy levels on your favorite ghost shells and set each of them up with different mod combinations of your choosing.”

Ghosts have been in the game for the past seven years, but have remained relatively inconsequential gameplay-wise.
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Ghosts have been in the game for the past seven years, but have remained relatively inconsequential gameplay-wise.

Jasinski concluded by suggesting these changes should make Ghosts “more meaning” in Year 4 and beyond: “We hope these changes … help you to set up a variety of Ghost Shells that suit you in various play-styles and activities.”

Nolan North is expected to continue his voice work as the main Ghost in Beyond Light’s storyline. He has played the floating guide since mid-2015, when he replaced Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in the key Destiny role.

These newly-announced Ghost changes are expected to be shipped as part of the Beyond Light update, which has now been delayed until November 10.

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How Bungie is taking Destiny 2 back to the very beginning in Beyond Light

Published: 29/Oct/2020 5:11 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 5:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bungie is taking a bold step in Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light ⁠— when Year 4 of the long-running space fantasy series finally begins, the devs are aiming to bring the “feeling of Destiny 1” back, all while keeping the franchise fresh.

Destiny is one of gaming’s longest-running modern franchises. The original title launched in 2014, before an Activision-backed sequel dropped in 2017. Bungie’s series has had a rugged run, however, with plenty of missteps along the way.

According to the fanbase ⁠— and, in parts, Bungie developers too ⁠— the biggest misstep came in the sequel switchover. Destiny 2 had too many cooks in the kitchen, and that led the series off the beaten track that had sold the franchise to millions in the first place.

That’s a mistake Bungie wants to fix in Destiny 2’s new expansion, Beyond Light.

Beyond Light, releasing on Nov.10 after delays, should go some distance to right the wrongs Destiny made back in 2017, director Luke Smith has promised: “We’re trying to get back a little bit of that feeling of Destiny 1, but in an updated way.”

New Destiny 2 enemy absorbs power in Beyond Light.
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Beyond Light is set to take Destiny into a “new era,” Bungie has promised.

The way they’re doing that? Well, they want to give players “more freedom” in creating their characters, as well as designing their abilities, guns, and Destiny builds.

“What we’re trying to do with Stasis [the new element coming in Beyond Light] and wielding the Darkness is to show you, as a player, more freedom,” Smith explained while speaking to EDGE magazine about Destiny’s fourth year.

“There’s also a meta-statement that we’re making about the difference in power between light and dark, but there’s this other part, which is the fantasy of ‘This is my Guardian, there are many like it, but this one is mine’.

“I think we’re trying to get back to the feeling of Destiny 1… but we want to stick with how we think about the game now, and keep those systems that we’re using today in Destiny 2.”

Destiny 2 Fallen uses new Stasis element in Beyond Light.
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The Darkness is granting Guardians a brand new elemental power in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

Then there are the stories Bungie is finally digging up. The next season, confirmed as “Season of the Hunt” will reportedly bring Uldren Sov back into the narrative nearly two years after his shock Guardian resurrection back in 2018.

Destiny will put him by your side in Beyond Light, where players will be tracking down Oryx’s sister, Xivu Arath. The 24-month wait to see where his story goes has been pretty long so far, and that’s finally getting chopped down in Year 4.

And lastly, there’s the new Year 4 leaks uncovered the other day; leaked PlayStation 4 artwork has seemingly confirmed the old Destiny Tower might even be back in Beyond Light ⁠— just another way to get that “Destiny 1 feeling” back.

Even the old Destiny tower, destroyed in the Red War, could be back in Beyond Light.
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Even the old Destiny tower, destroyed in the Red War, could be back in Beyond Light.

All in all, it’s an exciting time to be a long-term veteran of the franchise, or a newcomer. Year 4 expansion is set to turn Destiny 2 on its head all over again, if Bungie’s promises hold true, and act as a soft reset for the popular series.

Beyond Light is set to drop on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The new expansion will kick-start “Season of the Hunt” and Year 4. Stick with Dexerto for all Destiny news.