Destiny 2 News – New Witch Queen Trailer, Missing Patch Notes & The Dawning Is Coming

It’s been a big week for Bungie in their 30th Anniversary week, with the release of the New Dungeon, The Dares of Eternity, plus we’ve had a new Witch Queen Trailer. Today I’m going to check out the trailer, plus run through some missing patch notes from the 30th-anniversary update and a quick heads up about The Dawning event coming next week.

New Witch Queen Trailer

Bungie showed off their new trailer for the Witch Queen at the Game Awards this past week, and it’s a slightly different trailer than the previous ones, this is a mix of live-action and in-game footage, which shows off the opening mission for Witch Queen. Let’s take a look.

Looking at the trailer it sounds like we’re going back to Mars, but it could be Destiny 1 Mars, rather than the vaulted Destiny 2 Mars. There’s speculation at the moment that Mars may only be in the opening mission, or perhaps an outpost for Ikora Rey in Witch Queen. Plenty more to be revealed in the coming months. This week is all about hyping up the 30th Anniversary, once we get the Dawning out of the way, then it’s going to be full steam ahead on Witch Queen hype, and I’m here for it.

The Dawning Begins next week

DMG said in the recent update

“It’s been an exciting week but we still have more to come. The Dawning will go live next week so get ready to welcome our favorite space grandma back to the Tower for more tasty treats. Tower weather services are reporting that snow is in the forecast.”

So we expect Eva Levante back in the Tower on Tuesday, and we’ll likely have a trailer before that detailing the Dawning event and the rewards.

30TH ANNIVERSARY FREE CONTENT

The main attraction for our 30th celebration is the new six-player activity, Dares of Eternity. The mysterious agent of the Nine known as Xûr has shown up to host the festivities and is joined by the strange but lovable Starhorse. There is a tear in the very fabric of reality that only Xûr can perceive. Now you must explore this unknowable space and face untold challenges for Starhorse’s entertainment. Only then can you claim the precious rewards. All of this raises more questions than answers, but even Xûr can’t offer up any explanations of this anomaly.

Speaking of rewards, we have a whole new lineup of free weapons available now!

The Forerunner is a brand-new Exotic Sidearm that uses Special ammo and packs a punch. The Full Stop perk gives the Sidearm extended-range and heavy-caliber rounds

BxR-55 Battler Legendary Pulse Rifle
This new Pulse Rifle is worthy to take into any fray, with a hand-tuned intrinsic perk (Legacy PR-55 Frame) optimized for firing from the hip and an exclusive Legendary perk only available on this weapon (Blunt Execution Rounds), plus a custom and unique scope.

Half-Truths Legendary Sword
This Sword and its mirror image are the only Swords able to roll a brand-new Sword perk: Eager Edge: Gain increased Sword lunge distance immediately after switching to this weapon.

Retraced Path Legendary Trace Rifle
Retraced Path lets players experiment with how random rolled perks might work on a Trace Rifle, and opens the door for other Legendary Trace Rifles somewhere down the line.

Wastelander M5 Legendary Shotgun
The first Legendary Tex Mechanica weapon in Destiny 2, this compact Shotgun will be familiar to the OGs from Bungie’s Marathon era.

Pardon our Dust Legendary Grenade Launcher
Inspired by the unique visual design of Pathways Into Darkness, this is a new Kinetic breech-loaded Grenade Launcher with some unique perk combinations.

MOAR PATCH NOTES

Update 3.4.0 launched earlier this week with a ton of changes to the game, from weapons to abilities and practically everything in-between. With more than 6,000 words of patch notes, there were bound to be a few to slip through the cracks. Here are the updates with what we added to the official notes.

STRIKES

Lake of Shadows: To bring this boss encounter more in line with other strikes and our modern sandbox gameplay, Grask’s health has been significantly increased.
Grandmaster Nightfall catchup node will be available to all players who have claimed the Conqueror Seal from Week 7 onward. Grandmaster catchup activities will only be accessible if the fireteam leader has not yet completed the associated gilded Triumph.

CRUCIBLE

Fixed a map exploit on top of tree near Mill on The Dead Cliffs.
Trials activity node now displays potential rewards when playing on a seven-win ticket.
Seven-win passages require a manual reset before players can purchase a new passage.
Fixed an issue where Crucible Rank displayed an incorrect value in the Crucible intro cinematic after reset.
Combat Efficiency in the post-round now displays overall match efficiency.
Respawn timer for Clash, Control, Rumble, and Iron Banner increased to 7s from 5s.

RITUAL REPUTATIONS

You can now reset a reputation with unclaimed materials if there are no unique items in the current reset’s item list.
The number of Seasonal resets is now listed on the Reputation Rewards section of the vendor.
Fixed a bug where rank reset dialogs could appear during activities.

BOUNTIES

Fixed an issue with Kinetic calibration bounties not being available on the Gunsmith.

FORGING THE HORN

By now, a bunch of you have gotten your hands on Gjallarhorn as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration. It’s awesome to have this iconic weapon back, and its new perk, which extends Wolfpack Rounds to any Guardian in your fireteam rocking a non-Exotic Rocket Launcher makes this a formidable addition to your arsenal. If you own the 30th Anniversary Pack, just head over to Shaw Han in the Cosmodrome to get the quest started.

Earlier this week, some of the team behind the return of Gjally spoke with the Sony PlayStation Blog on what it was like to bring it back to the world of Destiny. Check out the story and happy hunting! 

EXOTIC ARMOR DISABLES

Earlier this week, we disabled the Hunter Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves Exotic arms and the Titan Icefall Mantle Exotic arms due to issues surrounding potential exploits.

For information on when these Exotics will be re-enabled, players are encouraged to keep an eye on the Bungie Help Twitter.

30TH ANNIVERSARY STREETWEAR BUNDLES

Prior to collecting and opening Xûr’s Resplendent Reward Package containing the Streetwear Bundles for each class, players should ensure that they have space available in their inventory and Postmaster to receive multiple items.

Players are also encouraged to visit the Postmaster after opening the bundles to ensure all items have been successfully collected. We are investigating a way for players to reacquire these bundles if they end up getting pushed out of the Postmaster.

FORSAKEN CIPHER PICKUP

Players who owned Forsaken prior to 3.4.0. can pick up their Forsaken Ciphers from the Forsaken section of the Monument to Lost Lights Exotic Archive in the Tower. Players should ensure that they have space in their Consumables inventory prior to acquiring their Forsaken Ciphers.

Forsaken Ciphers can also be exchanged for Ascendant Shards at the Monument to Lost Lights if players already own all Forsaken weapons. Please keep in mind that players should only attempt to acquire the Ascendant Shards if they don’t need/want to use their Forsaken Ciphers.

PLAY FOR FREE ON PLAYSTATION

Starting today players will be able to play all multiplayer content in Destiny 2 without being a PS Plus member. This trial will run from now until December 20, 2021 and is the perfect time to try out all exciting multiplayer content Destiny 2 has to offer.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the latest news, and let me know what you think of that trailer!

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