As we edge closer to the much-anticipated release of Destiny 2, Bungie is showing off more and more of what fans can expect from the game when it launches in September. Today, environment artist Coolie Calihan offered up a guided tour of Endless Vale, a brand new Crucible map.
Endless Vale is a distinctly otherworldly location, filled with environmental details that call to mind the robotic hordes of the Vex. It’s situated on Nessus, one of the new explorable worlds that Bungie has previously announced would be accessible at launch in Destiny 2.
The Vex have terraformed Nessus and made it into one of their machine worlds, and their influence can be seen throughout. Bright red foliage contrasts with turquoise skies, making for some truly alien vistas. The planet has some of that familiar design seen on Venus, another Vex-centric locale in Destiny lore, but the pops of red color make the environment all its own.
The map looks like it will be a great addition to Crucible mode, and has been tailored to specific objective game types. Control is the mode on display in the above video, so players can see how the environment affords opportunities to attackers and defenders. There’s a good mix of open areas and more confined spaces, and some interesting shifts in verticality that will provide ample opportunities for Guardians to make use of their special abilities.
Calihan really dives into some of the decisions that went into the design of Endless Vale, and it’s a really interesting insight into the kind of considerations that need to be made for a multiplayer environment. Here’s hoping that the team’s intentions pay off when players have the opportunity to test out Destiny 2 for themselves.
Endless Vale will apparently be playable in the Destiny 2 beta, which gets underway later this month. It’s sure to be a huge test for the game — of course, Bungie will be ironing out technical issues, but this is the first time that the majority of the first game’s passionate fanbase will get their hands on the sequel. It’ll be very interesting to see how fans respond to the changes that have been made to the existing formula.
Destiny 2 launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2017, with a PC release following on October 24, 2017.