In the lead up to the release of Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep expansion and Season of the Undying, a new mode was revealed called Vex Offensive. While the Shadowkeep content, like its campaign, is unique to that expansion and very focused on the Hive, the season itself over the next ten weeks from launch is going to introduce the Vex and seasonal activities into Destiny 2 centered around that enemy faction as well. A few days into the release of Shadowkeep and Vex Offensive is nowhere to be found in the game. So, then, where is Vex Offensive?
According to the latest roadmap for Shadowkeep and Season of the Undying, Vex Offensive is set to begin on October 5. The working theory among fans is that Vex Offensive is tied to the Garden of Salvation raid, which also releases on October 5 at 10 a.m. PDT. It is being assumed that the raid will serve as an inciting event that will kick off other happenings in the world of Destiny 2, specifically the Vex Invasion Zones on the Moon and the Vex Offensive activity. There’s always the possibility that it could launch at the same time as the raid or a different time entirely.
Only Bungie knows at this point how Vex Offensive will roll out, but the developer has spoken extensively how it is leaning into the MMO elements of the game as Destiny 2 continues to move forward, where the world changes and reacts based on what players are doing. Treating Vex Offensive in this way definitely falls in line with that direction.
Plus, the idea of the Garden of Salvation raid being the spark that activates Vex Offensive is based on what Bungie has done in the past, specifically The Last Wish raid in Forsaken. Last fall, when the first team of players beat The Last Wish, it opened up a new mission in the Dreaming City and started the destination’s three-week curse cycle. So, it is not a far stretch of an idea to think that the Garden of Salvation raid and Vex Offensive could work the same way.
If it does, that October 5 launch date for Vex Offensive could potentially be in flux, considering that it took the World First team of The Last Wish raid more than a day to beat it. If the same thing happens with Garden of Salvation, and if the theory that Vex Offensive won’t unlock until the raid is completed is true, then the launch of Vex Offensive could go later into the weekend. No matter what, players won’t have to wait too much longer to finally play Vex Offensive and start earning its rewards.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.