Destiny 2 – Next-gen details and Raid dates

Bungie dropped some key info recently related to next-gen upgrades, for those looking forward to new consoles coming in a few weeks time. Bungie also updated us all on the details of the raid race – and I’ll be going over both of those details today. The following is a look at Next-gen details and Raid dates in Destiny 2.

First up, let’s check out the raid info.

Raid Race

Bungie gave us the info as part of This Week At Bungie last week, and here’s the details:

This week at Bungie, we’re calling the shot for the next race to World First.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is about a month away from launch. For us, this means closing out the game and getting ready to hand it off to you – with a few more fun social media moments to unveil along the way. For you, this means a final stretch of anticipating the new story and the new world you’ll experience as you aim down the barrel of your weapon of choice.

For the elite raiders in the room, this means a new shot at glory. The race to a World First completion of a raid is one of the most spirited traditions in the Destiny community. Race Day is when the world turns its eyes to Destiny to see who emerges as the hero. We have stood next to some of those legends on a stage while they claimed their titles in front of a cheering crowd. It’s almost time to fire that starting pistol again.

The next race for raid World First begins on Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

That should give you plenty of time to get ready. We see you assembling your fireteams and conspiring how to power your way up to a competitive level. We hear you asking when you should “call in sick.” Now you know, so get to finalizing your plans.

Here is what else you’ll need to know:

  • Contest Mode will cap all players at 20 Power below each encounter for 24 hours.
  • Artifact Power will be disabled during Contest Mode.
  • 1230 Power is your team’s goal to be at the cap for all the encounters.
  • Being above 1230 will not provide any additional advantage in the final fight.

This year, the ritual for naming the winners will be different. Following all the immediate fanfare and bustle that follows the checkered flag, our data scientists will be spending extra time validating the finishing team’s run. Expect the official announcement for “World First” to come a bit later than usual. Disqualifications can happen as per the official rules. So finish strong, even if you hear rumors of another team’s victory.

An award ceremony will take place in the days that follow the raid. We’ll crown the champions who return first to orbit after a respectable effort. Once we validate a mission completion, we’ll enter their names into history. Every member of the six-player fireteam who is certified as the World First finishers will receive a title belt as their ultimate reward. We will unveil the new belt closer to the start of the race.

Even if you don’t win World First honors, the earliest victors in the raid can claim some awesome rewards to let the world know you were among the first to fight. Everyone who has completed the raid in the first 24 hours while Contest Mode is activated will receive this very special emblem.

For those of you who want to flex in style, we will be offering a new, Europa-ready raid jacket you can purchase through Bungie Rewards. Finish the raid before December 1 at 9 a.m. Pacific to claim your code. You can use that code to make your purchase any time before 11:59 p.m. Pacific on December 31. We’ll show off a preview of the jacket closer to the launch of the raid.

For those who like to savor new content like a fine wine and not rush through to the raid experience, you will have rewards waiting on you when you get there. Along with the [redacted] weapons and armor, everyone who completes the raid will earn this emblem.

Good luck to everyone with their sights set on the final boss!

This year the raid is going to be different as we’ve got more cheating tools out there in the wild than ever before. Competitive PVP has been rife with cheating ever since Trails came back earlier in 2020, however, this is the first opportunity for cheaters to check out a raid race. Bungie have put in some extra measures this time and htey are going to be keeping a close eye on things, so we’re not going to get the winner like any other raid race day, this time it’s going to come a little later after some data analysis. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Datto… but you can never look past Clan Redeem.

The raid releases on Saturday, so we’re going to have 10 days to get fully ready and then on the 11th day the race begins. It’s also on a Saturday too, so expect plenty of people to be tuning in!

Let me know down in the comments if you’re looking forward to the race and if yuou’re going to be jumping in day 1.

Next up let’s have a look at Destiny on next-gen consoles.

The Next Generation of Destiny

Bungie again updated us recently by saying:

The stars have aligned, and the next generation of console gameplay begins in the launch window for Beyond Light. As we continue to improve Destiny 2, we’re taking the opportunity to optimize the experience you’ll have on this new hardware.

The next generation optimized version of Destiny 2 will launch on December 8. While things like faster load times and cross-generation play will be available on November 10, we’re taking some more time on the following enhancements to ensure a smooth experience when playing Destiny 2 on your new devices.

FeatureXbox Series XPlayStation 5Xbox Series S
Field of View SliderYesYesYes
Faster Load TimesYesYesYes
Cross-Generation PlayYesYesYes
Next-Generation Upgrade FreeXbox Smart DeliveryYesXbox Smart Delivery

Other notes:

  • We are offering Field of View customization on consoles for the first time. Our goal is to enable a FOV range similar to that on PC. We’re currently testing these settings to ensure smooth performance across each platform and will have additional details closer to launch.
  • There will be noticeable improvements to things like loading the game and inspecting character inventory. However, some load times are dependent on networking and matchmaking. So, loading activities still take time while you search for opponents.
  • For cross-generation play, Xbox Series X|S players can play with Xbox One players. PlayStation 5 players can play with PlayStation 4 players.

We’re excited for you to experience these enhancements for yourself and we’ll share more next generation details in the future.

There’s plenty to be excited about here. Destiny has been locked at 30 fps on consoles for many years, and although we’ve had 60+ frames per second on PC for some time, this is going to be the first time that many in the Destiny community will experience Destiny at these framerates and this kind of resolution. Destiny is an absolutely stunning game and it’s going to look beautiful on next-gen consoles.

The field of view slider is also coming to consoles for the first time. This is agame changing feature and, for me anyways, makes the game feel much faster. All this plus the free upgrades and cross-generation play is going to allow you to keep your friends together whether you’re playing on current gen or next-gen.

I’ve mentioned the cheating issues on PC too previous when talking about the raid. I think this is much less of an issue on console, so we could see a huge migration away from PC once again given these performance and display improvements. That was one issue we had when D2 launched on PC, many clans were broken when PS4 and Xbox One players went to PC to get the graphical improvements – but the rife cheating could see player ditch PC if nothing is done about the cheating soon (and we haven’t seen or heard any firm comittments from Bungie yet).

The loading times are going to feel incredible for console players who have to wait minutes sometimes to load into zones. This is going to be cut to seconds rather than minutes and it’s going to feel like a whole new experience. It’s a shame we’re not going to be getting these features for launch, but it sounds like Bungie is hard at work testing these features to make sure they are ready for December 8th 2020.

Let me know if you’re going to be getting a new console and what you think of these improvements. I’m going to be getting a PS5 and I’m looking forward to jumping in with players on PS4, PS5 and PC.

That’s it for this look at the next-gen Destiny details and raid dates. For more Destiny 2 content like this check out the Shadowkeep Guide or check out the YouTube Channel.

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