One of Destiny 2‘s greatest secrets is surely its first raid, which has been shrouded in mystery since the reveal of the game. But the game’s director, Luke Smith, has offered up a tidbit of information about the first raid that will come to Destiny 2.
Smith explains that every raid has a theme, or “heartbeat” as he calls it. The raid team at Bungie is looking to put the player into a specific scenario to receive a distinct experience. Smith was willing to pull back the curtain just enough to reveal what that “heartbeat”, or main focus, of Destiny 2‘s first raid is:
“Raid 5, when we looked at it, it was about building a place you believe is real. That was our priority. A place that you believe could exist. It’s unlike anything we’ve done. The team is incredibly talented; it is a joy to see them work.”
There isn’t much more detail to go on about the first raid that will come to Destiny 2. Bungie likes to keep the secrets of Destiny‘s endgame activity well under wraps to allow players to experience it for themselves. As for what little is known about the raid, it is set to go live within the launch window of Destiny 2, likely just within a few days after the game’s September 6 release date.
Whatever that raid holds, it sounds to have a unique theme when compared to the other raids that players have been able to go through in Destiny 1. Smith, who was one of the main architects behind Destiny‘s first (and for many, most memorable and favorite) raid, the Vault of Glass, explained what the themes of each of the four raids in Destiny 1 were and how that compares to the new raid in Destiny 2.
The Vault of Glass, he explains, is about “splitting up players and then bringing them together.” Destiny‘s second raid, Crota’s End, is about creating “hero moments” like one player taking the sword to defeat Crota in the raid’s final boss fight. King’s Fall is about traversal and “navigating through space”. Finally, Wrath of the Machine is all about the action and creating moments of “glorious combat”.
Chances are, fans will find out a little bit more about Destiny 2‘s first raid as time comes closer to launch, but out of everything in the Destiny franchise, the raid is always among its most guarded secrets. Players may have to wait until it finally goes live to truly understand what “building a place you believe is real” truly means.
Destiny 2 will launch on PS4 and Xbox One September 6, and on PC October 24.