Destiny 2 News – Festival Bugs, Weapons leaving, Legacy Focusing and Marathon Reboot

Bungie was back this week with their This Week At Bungie update talking about the Festival of the Lost Bugs, weapons leaving, and a new mysterious legacy-focusing feature coming in Lightfall, plus we have news of a potential Marathon Reboot. Loads to get into, so let’s get to it.

This week at Bungie, we are getting spooky, baby.

Every day is Halloween if you’re brave enough. Or obsessed enough. OK, that’s enough judgment. We can feel it from over here. Yeesh. As we were saying, the spooky season is officially in Season, which means it’s time to dust off those chicken masks and get out there to take on some haunted activities with Festival of the Lost. But why leave dress-up to just our Guardians when we can have a little fun in real life too? More on that in a bit, but we also have a heads up about what’s leaving the weapons pool in the coming weeks and more on how you can put those tucked-away cosplay ideas to good use. Since the last two TWABs had some beefier info, this one is going to be lighter so Guardians can just get in there and give Space Grandma all of the love she deserves without delay. And Saint-14. Please give Saint-14 some treats. He deserves them…

Anyway, let’s kick things off with Festival of the Lost, shall we?

Festival of the Lost Tricks and Treats

Before we get into the bones of week’s TWAB, we wanted to call out a few things. First, work on TWABs doesn’t start the day before TWABsday. There is planning and team coordination involved that requires advanced work, and today’s blog post is no exception, but we have included the launch day hiccups with Festival of the Lost in our Known Issues portion further down. We also just wanted to take a moment to say that we are taking the feedback seriously and are appreciative of the players that have respectfully offered their time to help make a good game even better by sharing their thoughts on how this event feels. All that to say, we really do hope you enjoy the next few weeks of Festival of the Lost because Halloween means a lot to us, and being able to share a favorite holiday with the wider community feels like a gift. For the technical side of things, please follow our Bungie Help Twitter for updates. For taking a moment to just enjoy this time of year, I hope you join us for the rest of this TWAB.

OK, onwards ghostly Guardians!

It’s “Spooky Scary Skeleton” time, y’all, which means it’s time to don your favorite mask and gobble up those delicious treats while taking on haunted activities meant to put the “trick” in trick or treat. A lot of you have already begun that quest for spookidom, but for those that may be waiting until the weekend to dive in, here’s a quick recap on what you can expect:

New gear, which you can see in the nifty Festival of the Lost trailer above:

  • Legendary Sniper Rifle, Mechabre.
  • The (rightfully) community-chosen Mech-themed armor Ornament set.
  • The community vote on Monsters vs. Mechs was a close one earlier this year!
  • New Festival of the Lost Event Card.

Similar to the Solstice Event Card, this includes free challenges and premium rewards for the spookiest of Guardians. Includes a new emote, ship, Exotic Ghost, and a few surprises.

Haunted Sectors are also back for some EDZ adventuring, where you’ll take on hordes of Cabal that took the festivities a little too seriously. A new Haunted Sector awaits alongside a few familiar ones for some Halloween goodness. Just don’t let those nerds trick you out of your treats. Blast them with Telesto instead, don’t let your dreams be dreams.

Wait, There’s More

You know we’ve got some fun challenges in the real world that we’d like to offer, as well. Calling all artists! And we mean all artists: cosplayers, fiber, digital, food art—the sky is the limit, make what inspires you. But make sure that you add the right hashtag and @ the official Destiny 2 social channel for your region! If not, we may not see it. We’ll be giving out some sweet, sweet prizes per region, so don’t hesitate to throw your talents into the hat to celebrate with the wider community!

And because we’re looking to inspire all types of creatives, here are a few objectives and hashtags you’re going to want to keep in mind:

  • For spooky Art and Movies of the Week: #AOTW, #MOTW
  • For your best Destiny 2 pumpkin carvings: #FotLPumpkin

Got any good ideas for frightening Destiny fashion? Now’s your time to shine with #ThreadsOfFright

King’s Fall Pumpkin Stencil:

Arc Pumpkin Stencil:

Solar Pumpkin Stencil:

Void Pumpkin Stencil:

We’ll be featuring submissions in every TWAB during the event with one final follow-up wrap-up section right before Festival of the Lost goes back into its annual hibernation to make way for snow and hope. And more cookies. Because cookies are treats, and we’re all about that life here.

One more note! If an official account shares your work, you’ll automatically be qualified for a particularly festive cosmetic with the Hallowed Coronation emblem:

We also have some IRL ways to rep that Festival hype, including the Headless One T-shirt for those who complete the Bookworm 1 Event Challenge and a shiny new Ghost Writer collectible medallion pin for those who complete the Seal and title for this year’s spook-a-thon. It’s Halloween. You just gotta.

Weapons Leaving in Season 19

All good things must come to an end. Sure, that end is temporary for the loot pool rotations, but that’s neither here nor there. Here’s a heads up of what’s leaving the loot pool for next Season so you can get in there and give it your all for that special pew-pew goodness before they are gone:

Iron Banner:
Forge’s Pledge Pulse Rifle
Riiswalker Shotgun

Trials of Osiris:
Aisha’s Embrace Scout Rifle
Reed’s Regret Linear Fusion Rifle

Nightfall:
Silicon Neuroma Sniper Rifle
Duty Bound Auto Rifle

You know what to do. Get out there and grab what you want before a new wave of rewards awaits. Closer to next Season, we’ll be sharing more insight into rewards and what players can expect over the coming months, but we also wanted to take a small moment to tease something we’re excited about. For Season 20, we’re going to be introducing Legacy Focusing. We’re not quite ready to share details about that yet, but that is one of the many aspects of the game that players will be learning more about when we’re closer to Lightfall and beyond.

Known issues

FESTIVAL OF THE LOST WEEKLY BRIGHT DUST BOUNTIES

We detected an issue where the weekly bounties from Eva Levante were only giving out 100 Bright Dust instead of the usual 200 Bright Dust when Festival of the Lost went live. We implemented a fix for bounties that haven’t been turned in, as well as any future bounties picked up by players. Players affected by this issue will receive any missing Bright Dust at a later date.

LORD OF WOLVES DISABLED

The Lord of Wolves Exotic Shotgun has been disabled due to an issue where it can apply more damage than intended. We are targeting next week’s 6.2.5.1 update to release the fix. More information will be provided when available.

UPDATE 6.2.5.1

Next Tuesday, October 25, Destiny 2 Update 6.2.5.1 will be released. View our Destiny Server and Update Status page for maintenance times, as well as the timeline below (all times are Pacific):
9 AM PDT: Destiny 2 maintenance begins.
9:45 AM: Destiny 2 is brought offline.
10 AM: Destiny 2 Update 6.2.5.1 will begin rolling out across all platforms and regions.
11 AM: Destiny 2 maintenance completes.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Players cannot transform Spectral Pages into Manifested Pages, blocking progression of the Gone but Not Forgotten questline.
  • Certain shaders may apply textures incorrectly to pieces of the Festival of the Lost mech-themed armor sets. Once resolved, these shaders may display differently on the armor sets.
  • The Forged in Grace emblem does not display its name when players hover over it in Inventory.
  • The Bold Chapalu Sparrow image on the Event Card pop-up displays the item with the incorrect colors.
  • Certain Festival of the Lost weapon reward sources are not properly dropping this year’s updated weapons.
  • The Angel’s Gleam and Flower Child shader list incorrect acquisition sources when viewed in Collections.
  • Solo flawless dungeon Triumph requirements incorrectly list fireteam flawless completions as necessary, when they should specify solo flawless completions instead.

Bungie reportedly developing new Marathon project

by Tom Phillips, Eurogamer

Destiny developer Bungie is reportedly working on a revival of its long-dormant Marathon series.

This new Marathon project will take the form of a three-person squad-based extraction shooter, Insider-gaming reports, and is currently in a pre-alpha state.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s also suggestion of this new Marathon game being run as a live service, with season rewards and progression worked in. Eurogamer has contacted Bungie for comment.

While work on Destiny 2’s final set of expansions continues, Bungie has previously acknowledged plans to release at least one other project by 2025.

Back in 2018, Bungie received $100m in funding from publisher NetEase, and trademarked the name “Matter” for an undisclosed project.

In February this year, Sony announced it was buying Bungie for $3.6bn. A day later, PlayStation said it had plans to launch more than 10 live service games before March 2026.

The original Marathon game launched back in 1994 and was regarded as one of the best first-person shooters for Mac computers. Two sequels quickly followed, expanding its story into a trilogy.

Within the series, the Marathon itself is a colony ship of Earth explorers in the far-flung future, which comes under alien attack. The games explore themes which will be familiar to Destiny fans today – of humanity’s place within a wider conflict of warring alien races, rogue AI intelligences and dreamlike realities.