Bungie should bring old Destiny 2 content back to new players

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Recently, my fiance and I started playing Fate 2 together. We were looking for a collaborative game with a lot of things that supported crossover and crossover. Somehow I convinced her to give Fate 2 one shot. So far we have had a really good time. It has been excellent to return to the game after years away. But returns to Fate 2 as an experienced player along with a rookie has highlighted a problem: Fate 2 does not respect his own narrative. Since so much of the past is missing, it’s hard for a new player to get caught without jumping on YouTube.

In 2020, Bungie cleaned up a lot of content from Fate 2. This included entire story lines and locations. The original Fate 2 campaign, the Red War? Gone. Past expansions and events that moved the game’s overall narrative forward? Deleted. Places that were once very important in Fate history, as the Farm? Removed. And although the game spends some time on guard to explain what happened, if you actually want to know all the details, you will have to captured via YouTube videos or blog posts. Not an ideal situation.

And with more content coming soon in February, this problem will only get worse. If Bungie cares about telling stories Fate (and based on all the textbooks buried in the game, they do), then it’s time to start letting players experience this past content, even if it comes back without any rewards or specific prey.

At the moment, the new player experience is bad and not just because some people get caught up in a cosmic game show, unable to move on before stronger players come to save them. (Although it’s sour, too.) If you actually want to understand what’s going on, who all these characters are, and what they’re talking about, Fate 2 does not give you much in the context.

The main strategy that Bungie seems to be using is that offer a timeline function in the game’s menu that lets you read blurbs about specific seasons and DLC events. That’s fine, but it’s missing a lot of details. And reading about the Red War is far less compelling than actually playing it, which you can not do in 2021. The new gaming experience is especially bad for people who can play for free, which now has very little content to mess around with, and most of it exists without any narrative structure outside of a limited timeline function.

When I lurk around in the different Fate forums, subreddits, and social media communities, I often see players give an answer to people asking for old content or story information with an answer that boils down to “Watch some YouTube videos.” This is not a good solution, although there are some content creators who make excellent summaries and knowledge videos. Many people would love that Game through some of the older campaigns and missions, to even experience the story in the right order. But that is not possible.

Bungie says that all this old and removed content that is now a part of Destiny Content Vault, could one day return to the game. But so far, only a few pieces of older content have returned, as “Vault of glass, which in itself is nice. I enjoyed the raid a lot back then. But I also hope for more pieces of Destiny 2 ‘s narrative returns in the future, though this content does not come without rewards or new equipment and is completely optional to download. Although I know many players just try to maximize their light levels every year, I’m here to enjoy the whole game, including its story – focused missions, whether I increase some numbers or not. It would also be nice to finally let the newer Fate 2 players get a chance to work through the Red War and other pieces of vaulted content.

The forthcoming enlargement, The Witch Queen, is associated with many past (and now gone) Hive-related plot points, some from the first Fate. Having more context around it for new players or returning people would be extremely useful and useful, such as the Taken King campaign or Crota-related missions from Fate 1. This would help players, regardless of theirs Fate experience, wrapping their heads around the often cluttered and strange knowledge that fills Fate‘s universe. Plus, that would mean you could actually get caught up in the universe without having to read a wiki page or watch a YouTube video. Imagine being able to play the game to learn about the history of the game. An interesting concept that Bungie should try.

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