Destiny 2 has debuted a new PvP map called Altar of Flame and a new mode called Survival, which will be part of the Competitive playlist in Destiny 2.
As a reminder, there are two PvP playlists in the game: Quick Play that will be for more casual and fun gameplay types such as Control and Clash, while Competitive will feature more intense playlists like Survival and Countdown.
Bungie’s Lars Bakken calls Survival the spiritual successor to Destiny 1‘s Skirmish game type. That game mode was a 3v3 deathmatch mode that also included the mechanic of reviving teammates. But instead of being 3v3, it is a 4v4 mode like every other playlist in Destiny 2‘s PvP. The main crux of Survival is that each team shares a pool of eight lives between them.
While other competitive modes try to limit revives using tokens, Survival offers respawns but only until that pool of 8 lives is gone. A round ends when one team has depleted the opposing teams pool and thus wins the round. The first team to three rounds wins the game.
To keep things fair in Survival, there are a few mechanics in place. First, teams will swap sides between rounds in hopes of keeping players from feeling like one starting position is more dominant than the other. In addition, Survival will tempt players to engage over a single Power ammo drop that will spawn in a central, neutral location. In the past, Destiny teams would camp certain areas of the map, especially in modes similar to this one, so the hope is that Power ammo will be enough to avoid that problem.
The new map seen in the gameplay footage is called Altar of Flame and it is located on Mercury. Those who have played on Burning Shrine will recognize the stone and Vex architecture, but there is a mixture of banners and candles that should be familiar to those that have visited the Lighthouse after going Flawless in Trials of Osiris in Destiny 1.
Both the Survival mode and the Altar of Flame map will be available at the launch of the game.
Destiny 2 is set to release September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, with a later October 24 release on PC.