Destiny 2 is about to unleash a whole new era of space wizardry nonsense with Shadowkeep, it’s upcoming expansion, but before that, gamers can get a little tast of some of the changes by taking part in a new event at the end of the month.
A huge change with Shadowkeep, and the overall game as a whole, is that gear is getting some pretty massive reworks. Armor is currently a pretty static piece of gear, as the stat rolls on any piece of armor cannot be changed in most cases. Now with the upcoming expansion, that’s changing. Bungie is implementing and early preview of sorts of this new system in the upcoming in-game event, Solstice of Heroes.
Solstice of Heroes actually kicks off really soon, according to the announcement from the developers, and with that launch, comes a completely new armor crafting system called Armor 2.0. The aim here is to make gear much more customizable in the same way that weapons are. With these new versions of armor, players will be able to slot mods into their armor at will, only limited by the power rating of a certain gear piece. This should allow for much more build variety in the loot shooter.
These armor 2.0 changes are being coupled with other tweaks, like Eververse armor is being converted into Universal Ornaments. These items will dismantle into Legendary Shards and Glimmer, which are then used in item crafting. But that’s not all we’re getting, as the Solstice of Heroes event also includes some cool new abilities.
There’s a handful of Elemental Buffs which can be unlocked by collecting a certain amount of the relevant Orbs in missions. There’s Arc buff, which grants increased move speed, as well as greater melee damage. Solar buff grants your Guardian a powerful AoE attack that deals massive damage when triggered. The Void buff allows your Guardian to become invisible when you crouch.
New abilities isn’t the only thing we’re getting either, as there’s plenty of consumable purchases going on during the event. While there won’t be an event engram this year, Bright and Silver Dust can be used to purchase any items you do want. And all Eververse items will be on sale for Bright over the course of Solstice, with a rotating roster of available purchases.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is due out September 17, 2019 for Xbox One, PC and PS4. The base game will go free-to-play around that same time. The Solstice of Heroes event begins on July 30 and run until Aug. 27.