Destiny 2: Warmind teaser hints at horde mode, full reveal coming tomorrow

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Update, April 23: Bungie will unveil the Destiny 2: Warmind expansion tomorrow, and they’ve put together a teaser to whet your appetites.

Destiny 2’s next expansion is Warmind, and it’s set to launch on May 8. That’s very soon, but we don’t have much detail on what the new content will be. Bungie have announced a full reveal stream for tomorrow, but ahead of that there’s a brief teaser giving an idea of what to expect.

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One of the headline additions is the Hive Escalation Protocol. Judging by UI objective prompts asking players to clear Hive enemies in limited periods of time, it looks like this is some kind of horde mode, which would make for a very nice addition to the game. The focus on icy Hive enemies in general suggests they’ll play a prominent role in the expansion.

Naturally, we also get a glimpse of the new Hellas Basin location on Mars, and the promise of details on upgraded Exotics and Crucible updates. Notably, the the Suros Regime auto rifle also makes an appearance in the footage, and with the recent bounty of Exotic buffs hitting the game it seems safe to say the old favourite will have a big impact.

Bungie will go significantly more in-depth on their Twitch channel tomorrow, April 24, at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT / 17:00 GMT. Community manager DeeJ promises, however, that they’ll “preserve the act of discovery for when you get to play.”

Original story, April 11:Bungie have updated the Destiny 2development roadmapwith a bit more detail on season three, which will launch alongside the game’s second expansion. That expansion is called Warmind, and is set to launch on May 8.

We’re getting more details in a reveal stream on April 24, but until then Bungie say “it will send you to new places to meet new heroes and battle new enemies. You’ll earn new loot and master new activities.” Not the most stunning set of revelation, but the Warmind name does line up with the supposed retailer leaks of the Fallen Warmind, but it remains to be seen how much of those leaks were accurate.

But we do know that big changes are on the way for how Crucible content is distributed. Starting with the launch of Warmind, all new Crucible maps – including those from Curse of Osiris – will be free for all players. That applies in playlists like Quickplay, Competitive, Trials of the Nine, Iron Banner, and the new weekly rotators. The only exceptions are Private Matches, as you’ll have to buy the expansions to access them there.

We’ve also got the first inkling of details on season four, set to launch in September. “Our goals for these features are to give you more control over how you configure your loadouts in Destiny 2 and give you more reasons to play the game over time.” To that end, Bungie are bringing Weapon Randomization, Weapon Slot Changes, Gear Collections, and Records to all players.