After a few weeks of sporadic leaks about Destiny 2, a major leak has exposed a lot of information about the upcoming sci-fi shooter. One of those leaks says that Destiny 2 will launch with five strikes, plus an additional exclusive strike for those who are playing the game on PlayStation 4.
That is actually the exact same number of strikes that Destiny 1 shipped with back in 2014. The first game also had five strikes and one PlayStation exclusive. The names of the Destiny 2 strikes were also revealed in the leak:
- The Pyramidion
- The Inverted Spire
- Exodus Crash
- The Arms Dealer
- Savathûn’s Song
- Lake of Shadows (PS4 exclusive)
Players who tested the console and PC beta this summer have already had the chance to get their hands on The Inverted Spire strike, which takes place on one of the new planets, Nessus. That leaves four to five unseen strikes, depending on what platform players will be on.
It’s expected (but not confirmed) that more strikes will be added to the game in Destiny 2‘s upcoming expansions, with rumors saying that the first expansion will release in December 2017 followed by the second expansion coming sometime in the spring of 2018. Over the course of Destiny 1‘s lifespan, each expansion added two to four additional strikes depending on the size of the update.
Not much information can be gleaned from the names of the strike, but there are some interesting hints for fans who are familiar with the story and lore of the franchise. For example, Savathûn is one of the sisters of Oryx and a fellow Hive god who is talked about in the Book of Sorrows, which could be the context of a Hive and/or Taken-focused strike in Savathûn’s Song.
There’s some hints to go on with the Exodus Crash strike as well. Many colony ships that were launched from Old Russia (one of the locations in Destiny 1) had the Exodus moniker in their name, which could hint that Exodus Crash send players into or looking for a crashed colony ship. Adding to the theory, during the beta fans found a crashed colony ship off the beaten path of The Inverted Spire strike on Nessus, leading to a speculative conclusion that it could be the site of this strike.
As for the Lake of Shadows, we know it will remain a PS4-exclusive strike until at least the fall of 2018, along with the other PS4-exclusive items for Destiny 2. On top of that, promo footage for Destiny 2‘s PS4 exclusives have shown the strike to be Taken-focused.
Destiny 2 releases on September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24, 2017 for PC.