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Destiny 2 Adding New Mars Event to Prepare for Shadowkeep

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With a little extra time between now and the launch of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, developer Bungie is doing its best to keep players busy. The studio has already extended the Moments of Triumph and promised more Iron Banner, but today it revealed something new and a first for Destiny.

In its weekly blog post, Bungie detailed the first every Destiny 2 community challenge. Because the developer plans to make some changes to Mars in a forthcoming update on September 3rd, it figured that there were some other things it could add as well. Specifically, there will be a set of challenges that the community can complete on Mars and if it is successful, Bungie will offer a reward.

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Between September 3rd and September 10th, the Destiny 2 community will be tasked with 5 total objectives. They must:

  • Defeat 175 thousand Wave 7 Escalation Protocol bosses
  • Defeat 300 million Hive on Mars
  • Mars Nightfalls
    • Defeat Nokris 150 thousand times
    • Defeat Xol 100 thousand times

    If the Destiny 2 community is successful in completing these tasks, they will unlock a unique emblem as a reward. However, only those who complete one Nightfall during the timeframe will earn the emblem, so make sure to do that.

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    Much like with the Iron Banner emblem that unlocked for participating during the Lord of Wolves fiasco, these emblem is something fun for the Destiny 2 community to earn to tell other players that they were there. There is sure to be an influx of new players to the game when Destiny 2: New Light releases as a free-to-play offering, and Bungie seems to want to give its veterans some ways to highlight their status.

    Of course, an emblem is only a small reward but it is something. Perhaps in the future, Bungie might hold similar community challenges with even bigger rewards like unique cosmetics. It may be a way for the developer to skirt around the Eververse changes that are coming with Shadowkeep and give players a way to earn those rewards now that Bright Engrams are going away.

    That being said, this Destiny 2 community challenge has some steep requirements and at a time when most players are waiting around for the next piece of content. The release date for World of Warcraft Classic is also around the same time so it might be hard to convince players to focus on Mars when they might have other things to do. Still, as the sign of something Destiny 2 could do in the future, it’s a nice appetizer.

    Destiny 2: Shadowkeep releases October 1, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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