The final bit of content for Year 2 of Destiny 2 dropped a few weeks ago: the Season of Opulence. The big attraction this time around for all Annual Pass holders is the new six-player matchmade activity, The Menagerie. This "raid-lite" experience challenges your fireteam to progress through a series of objectives before facing a boss at the end. All of that is pretty fun, but it gets better: your rewards for completing all this is to "choose your own loot."
Bungie has been making some good moves lately with their first-person, MMO-lite, loot shooter. The next big content expansion for the game, titled "Shadowkeep," comes with a free-to-play version that includes all Year 1 content of the game along with all Crucible maps and Gambit, which came as part of Forsaken. Additional content - such as Forsaken, the content that's been released year, and the forthcoming Shadowkeep - can be purchased "à la carte" and Bungie will make sure that you can get caught up to the minimum Power requirements for that content. For instance, this season has an introductory quest that provides you and all your alts with a bunch of 690 gear so you can start playing the new stuff (the Menagerie) right away. Alongside all that, cross-save is coming this Fall so you can pick up and play on any platform you wish (a few caveats to this), there are changes coming to the Eververse store to shift the non-premium currency (Bright Dust) to just be "play-to-earn," and "Armor 2.0" will revamp your gear in (hopefully) a good way.
In other words, it's a great time to get back into Destiny 2, and we're not the only ones who think so. Daily player counts have recently spiked to just over one million, no doubt due to a little bit of a gaming slump right now (Fall release extravaganza is just around the corner) and word getting out that "yeah, Destiny is good now! and we can play together without you having to do 20 hours of content first!" You can see for yourself in our video recap below. We run through a standard Strike first just so we can talk a bit about some of the new systems and then we dip into the Menagerie.
Destiny 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.