The Darkness is coming... no, not the 00s rock band!
This time players will be heading to Europa, Jupiter's frozen moon, and will unlock new abilities, face new challenges, and come into contact with a fresh range of baddies.
Here's all we know so far!
Destiny's initial release back in 2014 introduced the notion of The Darkness, a nebulous, powerful enemy that to this day hasn't actually shown up outside of their looming Pyramid-style spaceships and a brief monologue at the end of last year's Shadowkeep campaign.
Considering it's been six whole years since the franchise began, it's impressive that Bungie has kept us waiting for the grand reveal of the Darkness for so long. Sure, we've fought The Fallen, The Cabal, The Vex, The Hive, The Taken and The Scorn, but we're still itching to get that "big bad".
While the game has been teasing the final arrival of the Darkness over the last few seasons of content, we won't be bumping into them just yet. That's because we'll actually be visiting Europa to deal with the Fallen Kell of Darkness, Eramis.
Having united her Fallen army with the seemingly dormant power of the Darkness on Europa, we can feasibly expect to take on some strange new variations of the Fallen. Expect Eramis to be the primary focus of the game's endgame, or at the very least a campaign boss, but what of her minions?
Europa itself is a frigid planet, all ice and snow, but it's also the birthplace of the Exo – robots with human consciousnesses, just like our dearly departed friend Cayde-6. Could we be tangling with Exos that have been overrun by Eramis' tech or the Darkness' power?
Traditional Fallen enemies run the gamut from the drone-like Shanks to the shielded Captains, and we'd expect each of them to get some kind of icy makeover when the expansion lands. Expect adjusted shielding, alternate elemental damage types, and undoubtedly a few surprises, too.
Whatever we're fighting, expect to be challenged. The Stranger, an exo that appeared in the original game only to be absent since the sequel launched, claims to be from a timeline where the Darkness won the fight, and wiped out life in the universe. That's sent her to call our Guardian, the Drifter, and Eris Morn to Europa with the aim of preventing the same happening again.
It's interesting that Bungie would focus on the Fallen as the primary cannon-fodder for Beyond Light, since in many ways we know them the best. We've been hunting them since 2014, which to me suggests there are definitely some twists and turns to come this November.
Get ready to explore the frozen surface of Europa and take on a new threat by pre-purchasing your Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC now from Fanatical. You can also pick up the Destiny 2: Beyond Light Deluxe Edition DLC, which includes access to Seasons 12-15, the No Time to Explain Exotic Pulse Rifle, ornament, catalyst, and the Any Other Sky Exotic Sparrow.
Article by Lloyd Coombes
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