Among the nearly innumerable pieces of information that came out of today’s first official gameplay livestream for the science fiction shooter Destiny 2, Bungie confirmed that the forthcoming sequel is set to receive a brand new multiplayer mode called Countdown. According to the developer, the new PvP game type is modeled as an “attack/defend” mode, which brings to mind the structure of other first-person shooters’ game modes like Call of Duty‘s Domination, or Search and Destroy.
Although Bungie didn’t go into explicit detail regarding the specifics of the new multiplayer mode, Countdown will essentially have Guardians placing a bomb in their opponents’ bases to then guard it. If the description for the fresh Destiny 2 mode is any indication, this ought to work somewhat like a multiplayer game type that has players commandeering control points on a map so as to successfully hold sway over the whole environment.
As it so happens, Bungie’s announcement of Destiny 2‘s Countdown mode during today’s public exhibition of gameplay for the forthcoming sequel actually confirmed information found within a leak on NeoGAF prior to the livestream. Although the multiplayer game type wasn’t mentioned by name, the leaker declared that it would be an “evolution of Elimination,” and it definitely looks like Countdown expands upon the original Trials of Osiris mode’s rules, for instead of a control point showing up only when no team has been eliminated after the time’s up, the new mode will consist solely of control points.
Interestingly enough, it seems as if Countdown and other competitive multiplayer modes in Destiny 2 will adhere to a thoroughly reduced player cap, as Bungie stated that the Crucible will be limited to 4v4. All things considered, it will be interesting to see how Countdown is received by fans once some official gameplay of the mode is shown, and when Guardians actually have a chance to go hands-on with it for themselves.
Destiny 2 is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting September 8, with a PC release to follow shortly thereafter.