Future 2: The Witch Queen affords the sport’s largest growth in years on February twenty second

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Bungie has formally taken the wraps off of the subsequent main growth for Future 2: The Witch Queen, which can proceed the story of the sci-fi area sequence and see gamers lastly face off in opposition to Savathûn, the titular Witch Queen.

Savathûn (the sister of Oryx, the primary villain within the authentic sport’s Taken King growth) is a foe that’s been teased for over seven years, along with her machinations behind a lot of Future’s earlier main occasions (together with the corruption of the Dreaming Metropolis). The addition of the Witch Queen marks the primary time that gamers will be capable of face off in opposition to her in particular person, although. And, because the trailer has revealed, she gained’t be alone: Savathûn has managed to harness the participant’s personal powers of Mild to empower Hive Guardians with related skills.

The growth can even function a brand new location, Savathûn’s Throne World, together with a brand new marketing campaign, weapons, armor, and naturally, one in all Future’s hallmark raids. Moreover, Bungie is including a brand new weapon kind: the Glaive, a first-person melee weapon with each ranged and up-close fight sorts.

Additionally, The Witch Queen will deliver a significant new addition to Future 2: customizable weapons, which gamers will be capable of modify with distinctive skills, mods, and stats which are constructed to their very own private specs. That system will begin with the newly added weapons in The Witch Queen, however Bungie plans to develop it to different weapons over time.

To tide gamers over whereas they look ahead to The Witch Queen, Future 2’s upcoming season 15 content material, titled Season of the Misplaced, will deal with the long-missing character Mara Sov (queen of the Awoken faction). It’s going to set the stage, plot-wise, for The Witch Queen’s greater modifications when it arrives in 2022. Season of the Misplaced will final for the total six months between now and The Witch Queen, making it an unusually lengthy season for Future gamers.

Season of the Misplaced can even embody a reworked Trials of Osiris mode that appears like it’s going to encourage gamers of all talent ranges to take part within the pinnacle player-vs-player expertise. The reworked Trials of Osiris mode can even see the gentle launch of Bungie’s new anti-cheat software program when it arrives on September tenth.

Bungie can be launching crossplay at this time as a part of the Season of the Misplaced, permitting Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia gamers to lastly play collectively for the primary time in Future historical past.

As the corporate had beforehand introduced, The Witch Queen will likely be adopted by one other main growth, known as Lightfall. However Bungie additionally revealed the subsequent growth, Future 2: The Closing Form, which the corporate describes because the “dramatic conclusion” to The Mild and Darkness Saga that gamers have been experiencing for the final decade.

This fall additionally marks Bungie’s thirtieth anniversary, and the studio is bringing each free and paid content material to Future 2 to have a good time — and to assist hold gamers busy whereas they look ahead to The Witch Queen subsequent yr.

All gamers will be capable of take pleasure in a brand new six-person occasion, Dares of Eternity, later this yr. However the primary occasion is a purchasable Bungie thirtieth Anniversary Pack, which can function quite a lot of cosmetics impressed by Fantasy and Marathon and a brand new unique weapon. The pack additionally comes with a brand new “treasure-themed” dungeon set on the Cosmodrome’s “Loot Cave” that can reward armor impressed by the favored Thorn weapon, and outdated classics like Eyasluna and Thousand-Yard Stare.

Additionally teased as a part of the thirtieth anniversary occasion: the Loot Cave dungeon will return the enduring Gjallarhorn unique rocket launcher, finest recognized for being the single strongest weapon gamers might get within the early days of the unique Future. Bungie would go on to nerf the highly effective weapon in future updates, earlier than bringing it again as a extra balanced, reworked model within the Rise of Iron growth. However regardless of its recognition, Gjallarhorn hasn’t been accessible within the sequel — till now, that’s.

Future 2: The Witch Queen will likely be accessible on Xbox One, Xbox Collection X / S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and PC on February twenty second, 2022.