Season Of The Haunted Revealed in Destiny 2

We now know our next destination in Destiny 2, and it’s Season of the Haunted. It looks like someone leaked the trailer before the 8am PT reveal time, so we’ve got all of that information early. That’s OK though as we have a returning Leviathan, Solar 3.0, returning Menagerie weapons, new armour, the new Dungeon, a whole load of new stuff… plus only a few short hours away to get stuck into all the new content.

Before we get stuck into the analysis, let’s check out the trailer itself.

Well, Season of the Haunted is nearly here, and we have a returning Leviathan. Bungie has some info on their website about it, and they say “Power, depravity, vengeance. The object of Calus’ desire has taken many shapes over the years. His once opulent ship, now derelict and corrupted, has returned to our galaxy – its sights set on the Pyramid ship lying dormant on the moon”.

There’s been lots of speculation as to what the story is for the coming season, and now we have our answer… Calus is back aboard his Leviathan, and it’s coming for the Pyramid on the Moon. It looks like Eris is performing some kind of ritual with Zavala, Crow and Caital, perhaps reaching into their past and having them face their own personal nightmares. We’ve seen Crow being tormented by his own personal nightmares before, but here in the trailer, it looks like we’re going to delve into, and perhaps face even more.

The Leviathan has been corrupted, but we see familiar scenes in the trailer. There is the Dogs Room from the raid, we see Calus’ boss room from the final encounter, all now covered in corruption and nightmares, unlike we’ve seen it before. We’re going to have to wait and see as the story develops, but it certainly looks like the season is going to be focused on Calus, The Leviathan, plus also the Moon.

It looks like we’ve set up a mobile command station on the Moon, an extension of the H.E.L.M. called Luna’s Ward.
“To better respond to the imminent threat, the H.E.L.M. has engaged its mobile command centre capabilities and is now running dark within the Moon’s orbit.” This season’s locations appear to be The Moon and The Leviathan. That does raise an interesting question as to whether we’re going to get The Leviathan back on the Director, or perhaps we’re simply going to access it from the Moon itself, much like we access Mars from the Throne World in the Witch Queen.

Activities

We have two activities for the season; Nightmare Containment and Sever. Nightmare Containment is described as a scalable activity, and Bungie says “Evil resonates within the hull of the emperor’s wretched vessel. Summon the most challenging Nightmares and cleanse them with fire”. This is most likely the matchmade activity for the season, but I don’t think we know yet if this is three-person or six-person (I would guess three-person). This is going to take place aboard the Leviathan, as we can see the statue of Calus surrounded by corruption.

We do see a clip of a Guardian wielding a HUGE sythe. Bungie says “As the Leviathan forms a connection with the Pyramid, Nightmares of the past awaken and threaten to torment any who dare intervene. Stare into the abyss and find bravery within the mantle of the reaper and the steel of the scythe.” It looks like the Sythe could be part of the match made activity, and perhaps it’s similar to the Synaptic Spear we had in Season of the Risen, where we get to weild a weapon in the final encounter, or throughout the activity.

We also have a weekly mission called Sever. Bungie says “Navigate the Leviathan’s labyrinthine Underbelly, uncover the truth behind Calus’ sinister plan, and sever the Nightmares the controls”. This is great news. This sounds like it’s going to be more like the weekly Shattered Realm missions, much like we got in Season of the Lost. The Underbelly of the Leviathan is large and has the potential to be full of secrets.

Loot

Trespasser is returning, the Exotic Sidearm from Destiny 1. This is going to be made available immediately for Season Pass owners, then you’ll be able to get this at around rank 30 for free to play players. We also have four Opulent weapons returning with Beloved, Austringer, Mida Mini Tool and Drang.

Beloved was one of the best Snipers in the game, and that is going to be a massive fan favourite coming back. Austringer too, is another fan favourite. We’re now going to have some of the most powerful hand cannons we’ve seen in Destiny history in the game all at the same time. We have seasonal weapons including a Trace Rifle, Rocket Launcher, a new Glaive, plus either a Scout Rifle or Pulse Rifle. They are all very good looking weapons, can’t wait to get my hands on those.

We have a couple of new armour sets. One moonset, which looks to have glows on it, then we also have the skeleton set of armour, which appears to be related to the season pass.

Solar 3.0

The subclass rework has been revealed, and it’s Solar 3.0. Solar becomes the latest subclass to receive a complete redesign empowered by the ultra-customizable Aspects and Fragments system. Light the flames of creativity, discover new builds and prove that there’s never a bad time to fight fire with fire.

Warlock – Befriend these incandescent priests and find restoration. Oppose them and glimpse annihilation within the rain of shattered dawn.

Hunter – Radiant duelists who live within blinding displays of dexterity and skill. Beware the truth of their aim and the molten edge of their blade.

Titan – Siege engines powered by the fury of undying suns. To confront them is to cede ground and ignite the maelstrom that ends all things.

We see glimpses in the trailer of the new abilities, including the new Warlock ability where they seem to point their finger, command the flames and send out explosions. Plus it also looks like Titans have new pipe bombs. I can see a season full of fire and explosions in our future, and I’m all here for it.

Dungeon

I don’t think we have explicit info about the Dungeon in the reveal trailer, I think Bungie may be holding more info and perhaps a card or two up their sleeve and may reveal that info later on this week before the Dungeon release on Friday. Bungie is going to give us a few days to get acquainted with Solar 3.0, plus all the new weapons and activities before they let us loose in that Dungeon.

It sounds to me like we’re going to be storming that Dungeon on the Moon. That could mean thematically it’s going to be similar to the Vow of the Disciple Raid, but a Dungeon inside a Pyramid Ship is going to be very cool indeed. It’s either going to be on the Pyramid Ship on the Moon or perhaps the Leviathan, however, it looks like the Leviathan is the focus for the season’s activities, rather than the Dungeon itself.

First Impressions

The name Season of the Haunted did leak a few days ago, although I couldn’t really connect the word Haunted with the story theme. Being haunted by the ghosts of our past selves is a good story device to allow us to communicate with past versions, perhaps opening the door for Crow to talk to Uldren, either put that to bed or become even more corrupted than before. Caital appears to be communicating with Ghaul, which could develop some of the Cabal leader’s back story. Caital is going to be one of the main focuses this season with Calus coming back, and it’ll be interesting to see how many of her Cabal forces stick with her, or defect back to her father.

Solar 3.0 is the subclass that I wanted, I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that, plus all the build potential across all the classes. We also have loads of weapons, especially the returning Opulent weapons, which is a bit of a surprise. Beloved and Austringer are two favourite weapons of all time, and they are going to be massive draws for fans to come back to Destiny 2.

In terms of the activities this season it looks like it’s going to be a busy one with a matchmade activity, weekly story content plus also the Dungeon too. We’re going to have to wait to jump into the activities before passing judgement, but I am looking forward to that weekly story exploring the Leviathan’s Underbelly, hopefully, that’s going to be bursting with secrets of all kinds.

Let me know in the comments what you think of Season of the Haunted, and let me know what you’re most excited about.

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