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Destiny 2 unveils first look at new Stasis powers coming in Beyond Light

Published: 24/Jul/2020 3:44

by Isaac McIntyre

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Destiny 2 players have finally got their first proper look at the new ‘Stasis’ subclass coming to Bungie’s long-standing franchise in its fourth-year Beyond Light expansion, and let’s just say evil has never looked so good.

As the long-running Destiny franchise dives headfirst into a “new era” with the release of its fourth-year expansion ‘Beyond Light,’ there was bound to be a bit of a mixup to the tried and true formula Bungie has stuck to since 2014.

That expected shakeup has come in the form of a new element, Stasis, which Bungie unveiled in a July 23 trailer during the Xbox expo. The icy-power was on full display in the 81-second teaser video, which showed Guardians freezing foes, smashing enemies, and even wielding a mysterious frozen wand.

“Rooted in Darkness, Guardians will wield this new elemental power alongside Arc, Solar, and Void, summon epic supers to dominate the battlefield,” the Beyond Light trailer description reads.

It also confirmed each Destiny 2 class ⁠— Titans, Warlocks, and Hunters ⁠— would “use Stasis in a different way”. This is no surprise, to be fair, considering all the different variants each class the franchise has used so far.

Bungie shows off Stasis power

Stasis’ power, which was on full display in the hype video, certainly seems ready to take Destiny by storm too. Guardians can be seen building ice platforms they can vault over and freezing hordes of AI opponents for a final slam dunk.

The moment that has the Destiny community bubbling with excitement, however, is a short casting animation for one of the abilities. The Guardian in question whips out an ice wand to use their new Stasis power; talk about dialing up the fantasy elements in Year 4!

Stasis is a completely new fourth element. That means some Beyond Light guns will be handed the new damage type. That includes the mysterious new weapon teased at the end of the trailer; it looks like nothing we’ve seen in Destiny.

Destiny 2 Guardian wields new Stasis Exotic.
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A new Destiny 2 Stasis Exotic appears to have been teased in the latest Beyond Light trailer.

How to get the new Stasis power

One thing the trailer failed to reveal was how Guardians would get their hands on this brand new magic ice. We can probably speculate though; the Darkness has landed on Europa, and huge pyramids are appearing on plenty of planets.

Players will likely be given a choice to pledge themselves to the Darkness. In return, they’ll be handed the Stasis power. That could even lead into the World of Warcraft-style Vanguard vs the Darkness split Bungie has been teasing too.

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.

Unfortunately, there’s still a bit of a wait until we can get our hands on the new-look Stasis subclass in-game. The franchise’s Year 4 expansion has been delayed by nearly two months from its original September 22 release date.

The Destiny 2 developers confirmed the news in a Bungie.net blog post on July 16. The devs explained the last-minute swap was “best for the game,” after they realized the original date was going to be a “big ask” in the current climate.

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Destiny 2 DLC calendar announced: Beyond Light, Season of the Hunt

Published: 27/Oct/2020 18:22

by Andrew Highton

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Hot off the heels of the Beyond Light Expansion announcement, Bungie has outlined more exciting DLC plans. In addition to Destiny 2 introducing Beyond Light, they announced ‘Season of the Hunt’ which reveals more content on the way. Some of it will even be free for players that don’t purchase the expansion – including new destinations and weapons.

Destiny 2 is already approaching its fourth season of content since its original release back in 2017. During that time, the game has release Curse of Osiris, Warmind, Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and more. But Bungie has shown no desire to let up and keep announcing new additions for their loyal fanbase to look forward to.

Their latest message was not only a follow-up to the announcement of the Beyond Light trailer, but an extension with even better news. Not only is the expansion set to launch on November 10, but Season of the Hunt will also commence on that date, bringing lots of content – both paid and free.

A calendar of DLC for Destiny 2
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Bungie have covered Destiny 2’s future until at least February

Destiny 2 Beyond Light

It was only a week ago that Bungie unveiled their next, huge expansion pack coming to Destiny 2 – just in time for Christmas. The Beyond Light trailer showed some classic characters in the series and also suggested where the story was heading next.

But now, the BL Season of the Hunt calendar shows off more of what’s to come.

According to the calendar, people who purchase BL will receive:

  • The Beyond Light Campaign
  • Stasis Unlocks: Titan Behemoth, Warlock Shadebinder, Hunter Revenant
  • Salvation’s Grip Exotic Grenade Launcher Quest

As well as the paid DLC that will release with the game, there will also be free content for all players too.

November 10

This will consist of:

  • New Destination: Europa
  • New Cosmodrome Experience
  • New Season armor and exotic weapon
  • New Strike added to playlist
  • New Lost Sectors
  • 100+ Seasonal Ranks
  • New Artifact Mods
  • New Truimphs, Shaders, and Emblems
  • Iron Banner
  • The Dawning

Destiny 2 Season of the Hunt

The Bungie logo in Destiny 2

Season of the Hunt will begin on the day that Beyond Light launches, and will continue to dish out content until February at least. The official Bungie website commented on the launch:

“Season of the Hunt also begins on November 10 — you will be able to start earning ranks and rewards from the Season Pass, claim your Artifact, and begin to customize it as you power it up. This Season’s story mission and new Wrathborn Hunts activity will kick off the following week on Nov 17.”

This is the remaining content that will be released:

November 10

  • Seasonal Artifact and Reward Track Unlocks
  • Empire Hunts Begin
  • The Glassway Strike Opens

November 10 – January 1

  • Uncover Europa’s Secrets

November 13

  • Adept Weapons Added To Trials

November 17

  • Season Mission Begins
  • Wrathborn Hunts Begin

November 21

  • Raid Opens: Deep Stone Crypt

December 8

  • First Iron Banner

December 15 – January 5

  • The Dawning

New Exotic Weapons and Armor

  • Hawkmoon
  • Cloudstrike
  • No Time To Explain
  • Duality
  • Salvation’s Grip

Bungie Video Documentary

To explain how the process of managing Destiny 2 is going, Bungie has posted a short, video documentary.

You can check it out below.

Bungie clearly has long-term plans for Destiny 2. You then start to wonder how long it’s going to be until they look ahead to making D3. In any case, there’s plenty of content for existing players to be enjoying for the next few months.