The Destiny 2 expansion rumors are true, now confirmed to be named Curse of Osiris. Originally revealed via a listing on Microsoft's Xbox storefront and eventually confirmed by Bungie's marketing director, Eric Osborne, Curse of Osiris will be the science fiction shooter's first post-launch expansion, and is the front half of the online multiplayer shooter's initial Season Pass. Sadly, the listing isn't complete, as it is missing both release date and price, but there are plenty of other details fleshing out what players can expect in Curse of Osiris.
In Curse of Osiris, players will venture to the as-yet unexplored planet of Mercury. Mercury's mapped area, part of Destiny 2's new feature set, is named the Infinite Forest. Therein the player's Guardian will venture to discover the secrets of Osiris, a legendary Warlock, and his protege Ikora Rey. Here's the official feature list for the Curse of Osiris expansion:
- Explore Mercury and its mysterious "Infinite Forest"
- New story missions and adventures
- New themed weapons, armor, and gear to earn
- New cooperative activities
- New competitive multiplayer arenas
- And more...
The "and more" is ominous, but there's clearly at least one major omission from this list: there's no raid. Beyond that, Destiny 2's expansions look pretty similar in scope to what Bungie was able to provide in Destiny.
While Curse of Osiris will be the first time players get to explore the planet Mercury, this isn't the first time Guardians have visited it in Destiny. The Burning Shrine Crucible map places players on the planet closest to the Sun, as does the Trials of Osiris' greatest reward, the Lighthouse. But neither offers much of a background on Mercury's history. The Grimoire does better, stating that the Traveler turned Mercury into a beautiful garden planet. Then after the Collapse, the Vex took over and transformed it to their own purposes.
What awaits Destiny 2 Guardians on Mercury remains a mystery, though there are probably a few hints given in the sequel's campaign. The connection to Ikora likely implies a further exploration of her background, as Destiny 2's made it a priority to spotlight its three Guardian Vanguards, including Commander Zavala and Cayde-6. Though that's unlikely to be the focus of Curse of Osiris, it's perhaps entwined in the story. But it will be exciting to find out where that story leads, so expect more official details on Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris expansion in the months to come.
Destiny 2 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release scheduled for October 24, 2017 on PC.