Destiny 2 may be looking to introduce players to new missions, planets, and characters, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be familiar icons peppered throughout the experience. Moreover, if the latest trailer for the game is any indication, Destiny 2 players can expect some of their favorite exotics to carry over into the sequel.
This week, Bungie released a new trailer that highlights The Crucible, Destiny 2’s PvP battleground. In it, players can see plenty of Guardians doing battle, while Shaxx shares some of his classic sound bytes. But amidst all the carnage and celebration were some brief looks at Destiny 2’s new gear, or in the case of some pieces, old gear.
The Destiny sleuths are still poring over the footage but right now the community has found to exotic armor pieces in the trailer. One shot features a Warlock wearing the Starfire Protocol exotic chest piece, while another shows a Titan wearing the Taikonaut exotic helmet.
Bungie has yet to confirm that any exotic armor pieces or weapons from Destiny 1 will be returning, but these two shots seem to suggest some items will be making the jump to Destiny 2. And, as with anything related to Destiny, there is sure to be some debate among the community.
Returning Exotics: Good or Bad?
On the one hand, returning exotics are to be expected, considering Bungie isn’t using a new engine for Destiny 2. Sure, the studio may be leaving a lot of content behind, but that doesn’t mean some design elements can’t be used in the sequel. We’re sure that plenty of players would be happy to see their favorite exotics in Destiny 2.
At the same time, there are going to be those players who criticize Bungie for recycling content. It’s a criticism that has been raised against Destiny before, and for a fully-fledged (and fully priced) sequel feelings are going to be very strong this time around.
Ultimately, things hinge on whether or not Destiny 2 has enough perceived new content, like the Inverted Spire Strike and Homecoming story mission, to go around. If the game has a ton of new exotic armor pieces for its three classes, then some returning items are unlikely to cause much of an issue. But if the game is considered lacking in that regard, then the reuse of old exotics is going to lead to a lot of negativity.
It wouldn’t be Destiny without a little controversy, but this is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Most players are concerned with the story and gameplay content in Destiny 2, and whether it will feel substantial and fitting of a numbered sequel and full price tag. Armor is a part of that, yes, but a small one.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for PC.