Destiny 2 developer Bungie may have said it wasn’t going to reveal anything about the new raid, but director Luke Smith has offered one telling detail. Today, Smith revealed that the power level recommendations for the Leviathan raid will be between 260 and 280.
For those that might not be familiar with Destiny raids, the range means that the power level of enemies at the start will be 260 and the final boss sequence will jump up to 280. In most cases, things progress incrementally, assuming that players have acquired some gear during their raid run and jumped up in level.
What these means for the most hardcore Destiny 2 players is that they have overleveled far beyond what Bungie anticipated. Most expected for the raid to offer a challenge, and as a response tried to get as prepared (read: strong) as possible, and some had more time to do so than others. Unfortunately, this means that for many of Destiny 2’s most devout players, the raid could be a very easy endgame experience to complete. Many players that hit 290+ are disappointed that the recommendation isn’t higher, as they were expecting the raid to offer a challenge.
But at the end of the day, the recommended power level for the raid is in line with expectations and history. It means that players that leveled quickly enough to hit the soft cap of 265 will be able to enter the raid and beat a few sections with a little bit of teamwork, but the latter sections should be challenging/require a little more leveling.
Yes, there was a time when Destiny’s raids were very difficult, even for players at the light level cap, but that also prevented many from seeing the raid. It may be the endgame, but raids are also Destiny’s most compelling content, and keeping players locked out of that is not the best way to keep an audience.
In fact, Bungie is even making it easier to find raid groups through its Guided Games feature. The studio would rather make the raid a reasonable difficulty and have the hardcore be disappointed, then let players put the game down without experiencing all of its content.
It’s a tough balancing act to navigate, but Bungie has a wide variety of players to satisfy. And at the end of the day, no one has even seen the raid, so we don’t know how challenging it is or is not at higher power levels.
Destiny 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, and releases October 24 for PC.