Destiny 2 developer, Bungie, has revealed new details about the content set to be removed from that game in November. The latest announcement about the coming Destiny Content Vault (DCV) provides much-needed clarity for players about the content being removed. Some key details were not fully fleshed out, though.
Most of yesterday’s weekly Destiny 2 update from Bungie was devoted to explaining what content will and will not be available when the Beyond Light expansion hits. Bungie first announced the vaulting process back in June. At that time, Bungie said that the Io, Titan, Mars, Mercury, and Leviathan areas of the game would be removed from Destiny 2. The Cosmodrome area from the first Destiny and a new area on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, will be added to Destiny 2. Details about what specific content would be unavailable and what exceptions, if any, would be made to the vaulting process were left for future announcements.
Since June, Beyond Light was delayed from September to November 10, and yesterday’s update is the first meaningful news about what is staying and going in November. The most useful update was a general rule about the DCV content which states, “When a destination goes into the DCV, so too do its PvE activities and associated rewards.” That means any Story Missions, Arenas, Patrol Zones, Strikes, Dungeons, Adventures, Vendors, and their Bounties and Raids that take place in the above-listed locations will become unavailable. A notable exception to the general rule is the Black Armory Forge activity which is being vaulted even though the activities mostly take place in locations that are not being removed.
PvP in Destiny 2 is getting changed in ways unrelated to the DCV. Some modes of Crucible and Iron Banner will be removed and others reworked. PvP map rotations will be mostly unaffected by the DCV. Gambit, Destiny 2’s PvP/PvE mashup mode, is set to undergo a full rework with the Gambit and Gambit Prime activities merging and the Reckoning activity being removed altogether.
As for loot, the following Exotic tier weapons will be affected by the DCV:
- MIDA Multi-tool
- Rat King
- Legend of Acrius
- Sleeper Simulant
- Polaris Lance
- Worldline Zero
- Ace of Spades
- The Last Word
- Le Monarque
- Izanagi’s Burden
- Bad Juju
Bungie was quick to assure Destiny fans that these weapons will not be retired from the game. Instead, the quests used to acquire these weapons will be changed. A new kiosk will be added to the Tower social space where the quests for these weapons will be available. The way this kiosk will function and how much these quests will change are key details that were held back for later announcements. Bungie staff has actively denied the speculation made on forums that these weapons would be purchased directly from the kiosk, though.
Even more details, including information about Exotic Catalysts and an updated new player on-ramp, are available in the original Destiny 2 Blog Post. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some weapons to collect before Bungie makes them harder to get. I swear I’m never going to finish this Last Word quest in time.