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This Week at Bungie - 05/25/2023

This week at Bungie, we're expanding that IP family a little more, getting our PlayStation on with some fun new crossovers coming to Destiny 2, and living out our aquanaut fantasies.

What a week, am I right? Bungie's second PlayStation showcase since we joined the PS fam, and we couldn't be more excited to share just a smidge of what the teams here have been working on behind the scenes. The future is bright, but for right now? We deep dive for Sloane whilst wearing our finest PlayStation-inspired digs. But before we delve into the delectable secrets of another TWAB, here's a quick look back at what we talked about last week:

  • Final Season 21 prep.
  • An in-depth preview of the Seasonal Artifact.
  • A first look at the three new Strand Aspects. (Live now!)
  • An update to how enemy shields appear.
  • The final standings of the Guardian Games Cup.
  • We have the newly announced Asians@Bungie Inclusion Club.
  • The new Twitch Bounty emblem.

For this week, here's what we've got coming down the pipeline:

  • It's not a sprint, it's a Marathon.
  • Sony and Bungie team up for some PlayStation crossover goodness.
    • Another cosplay challenge is on the horizon.
  • Farewell Guardian Games, see you next year!
  • A look at the Season 21 opening cutscene.
  • Save the Date: Season 21 edition.
  • Guardian Ranks reminder.
  • Don't let those Aquanaut dreams be dreams.
  • A message from the Archives.
  • This week's Player Support Report.
  • Community picks for Art of the Week and Movie of the Week.

All good? Perfect, let's get into it.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

We've had a huge week at Bungie, and we're excited to be sharing more. Yesterday, one of the reveals at the PlayStation Showcase event was that of Cayde-6's return to the Destiny franchise in The Final Shape. We also dropped another knowledge bomb that players have been excited for; and that's that Nathan Fillion will be reprising his role as Cayde-6 in the Destiny Universe.

So, get that ramen ready and mark your calendars for August 22, because that's the date of our annual Destiny 2 Showcase. There, we will be revealing even more details on the year of The Final Shape.

It's Not a Sprint...

Destiny news wasn't the only news we shared. It's time to go back to our roots. That's right, it's time to get ready for a Marathon! In case you missed the announcement during the most recent PlayStation Showcase earlier this week, Marathon is a sci-fi PVP extraction shooter where players will embody cybernetic mercenaries known as Runners. Exploring a lost colony on the mysterious planet of Tau Ceti IV, Runners - working solo or as part of three-person crews - will fight for survival, riches, and for fame.

How about a fancy announcement trailer and a new Vidoc? Roll the clip:

We're excited about the future and are excited to share more Marathon news with you, but as mentioned in the Vidoc we are going to be going heads down on this game for a while as we work to get it ready for prime time.

This will be the last time you hear any Marathon-specific news in the TWAB. We are going to be creating clear communication lanes going forward and you can find Marathon news on the following channels:

When PlayStation and Destiny 2 Collide, Epic Drip Happens

HaVe you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I'm pretty darn amazing, but I'd be even cooler if I could be Aloy"? If the answer is yes, you're not alone! We're here to tell you to not let those dreams be dreams, because now you can get your Aloy, Kratos, and Jin on in the world of Destiny 2 with the spiffy new PlayStation collaboration gear just announced!

Hunters? Boom. Titans? Straight fire. Warlocks? Yes, please! But don't take our word for it, feast those fandom eyes on these beauties:

So, what eXactly is available, you may be asking? Fair questioN, especially if you haven't checked out the new PlayStation Blog post right here, this is what you need to know about what we'Ve got up for grabs, available separately and in 3 bundles:

For geared-up badassery, these armor ornamenT bundles are for you:

  • Anointed Hunter for Hunters
  • Godsbane for Titans
  • Ancestral for Warlocks

For killer finisher moves, check out the Endless RoaMer bundle:

  • From NowheRe
  • Whirling Chaos
  • Perfect Strike

And you can't forget about the CordycePs bundle:

  • Clicker Ghost
  • Blooming Terror Ship
  • Quarantine Runner Ship

All of this, plus a swanky Gadgeteer Emote to harness your inner Ratchet (or your inner Clank, we're not choosy), which you can also get in the Eververse store.

And don't worry, these items are not platform-exclusive. Get your Kratos on.

Dope, right? Before diving into what's next (hint, it has to do with cosplay), we're going to go ahead and give you a second to collect yourselves. We can hear you yelling "boy!" from here.

Cosplay, Cosplay Never Changes

You know we love ourselves a good time when it comes to a cosplay contest. Let's be real, when dealing with epic characters like Aloy, Kratos, and Jin, how could we not challenge our incredible community to harness their creativity? So, let's get silly and have some cosplay fun, shall we?

We did this last year for Bungie Day and the submissions were nothing short of pure serotonin. That's why we're excited to see what y'all come up with this challenge. Take your best shot at recreating some of the new armor looks in Destiny 2 repping that PlayStation love, but with a twist. You can't go buy anything, just pull whatever it is that you have at your disposal and go wild. The impressive, the weird, and the, "How did you even come up with that!?" — we want it all!

We'll be featuring submissions from now until the end of June, so you have plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing. If your submission is chosen (or retweeted from the official @DestinytheGame Twitter account), then you'll not only get rad bragging rights, but the highly coveted Art of the Week emblem too. And the knowledge that when you go to sleep at night, you're nothing short of a legend, but we digress. Anyway, shoot us your cosplay, hit us with the #Destiny2Cosplay hashtag so we can make sure to see those totally cooked homages, and just have fun with it. Can't wait to see them!

So Long, Guardian Games '23, And Thanks For All the Titan Ws

Another Guardian Games and Guardian Games Cup has come and gone. Many of you swapped classes to prioritize this year's games with your best Titan garb to do our Commander proud. Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks all gave it their best but there could only be one winner. Congrats Titans on pulling a flawless victory, always knew you had it in ya. This one's for you, Lance.

In partnership with the Bungie Foundation for the second year in a row, Guardian Games Cup saw teams from around the globe raising almost $150,000 for Direct Relief and the International Rescue Committee. The top four teams in the Charitable and Technical categories will receive prizes for their accomplishments. Thank you to all of the Guardians who participated!

Charitable category

  • Lost City Guardians
  • Destiny 2 Japan Creator
  • Clan Archive
    • Updated as of 2:39 PM PT on 5/25.

Technical category

  • Popcorn
  • Ursidae
  • Prayer
  • Lighthouse Community Team

It's Time to Taken Sloane Home (After This Season's Opening Cutscene, Of Course)

You know, this is one of those "don't ruin this moment with words" times, so let's just get right into the opening cutscene for Season of the Deep (if you haven't seen it yet and don't want to be spoiled, please skip the below video):

Sloane is back, but that doesn't mean that the fight stops. Now that we've teamed up with Zavala to bring her back home, it's time to jump into yet another precarious life-or-death situation. And it all began with a simple distress call... '

Save the Date and Dive Deep into What's Happening in Season 21

Whether you're only sticking around in this section for a new dungeon date reminder—which, valid—or itching to start planning for that Grandmasters crawl (like a pub crawl but rated T for Teen), here are a few dates you should keep in mind for the new Season:

  • New dungeon hype, new dungeon hype, new dungeon hype!
    • The new dungeon, Ghosts of the Deep, arrives tomorrow!
  • Season 21 Trials of Osiris also goes live tomorrow.
    • Learn more about Trials rewards here.
  • First Iron Banner of the Season starts next week on May 30.
  • Grandmasters start early on June 13.
  • Solstice brings its sunny celebration on July 18.

Guardian Ranks Reminder, Don't Panic

Now that we're fully immersed in a brand-new Season and investigating previously unexplored areas on Titan, just a friendly reminder for those interested in their Guardian Rank progression and how that evolves from season to season.

Players who have already completed the objectives required to reach Rank 5 will start each new season at Guardian Rank 5. Other things to keep in mind:

  • Only Seasonal Guardian Rank objectives (the ones in blue text) are reset.
    • Get those comfy sweatpants ready, fellow fans of cozy, it's time to game.
  • Guardians display the previous Season's rank for the entire following season, so you will still have that badge of accomplishment.

We've also taken a good look at feedback regarding Guardian Ranks, the objectives tied to them, and have made additional adjustments to make them feel more enjoyable and in-line with your goals.

Don't Let Those Aquanaut Dreams be Dreams

It wouldn't be a new Season without a new shiny title to earn and pin to snag! Take on the dangers of Titan for a chance to earn the new Aquanaut title. And don't stop there, no... Commemorate your accomplishments with a shiny medallion that actually is like a little gift to yourself. I'm not sure about you all, but the little narrative anecdotes in each one makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Get your own warm and fuzzies by earning the Aquanaut title before August 22, 2023, to unlock this Bungie Rewards offer through the Bungie Store. Happy diving!

A Message from the Archives

Remember that dope playlist we shared earlier this year highlighting cutscenes from seasons past? The ever-evolving list has just evolved once more with three newly added videos of glorious narrative goodness. If you're interested in scoping it out, you can find Season 13 (Chosen), Season 14 (Splicer), and Season 20 (Defiance) added to this snazzy playlist right here.

Player Support Report

OMB Sloane hiiii!!!!

Another week, another Player Support report, this time diving into the first week of Season of the Deep. On the land side of things, here is the latest update on known issues.

Known Issues List | Help Forums | Bungie Help Twitter
Starting with the launch of Season of the Deep, emblem ownership values were updated. For security purposes, players who have emblems on their account that do not appear in their Collections (Collections-Flair-Emblems-General) will no longer be able to equip these emblems, and players will no longer be able to see these emblems if they are still equipped. Those who are affected by this change will need to reacquire these emblems through proper means by unlocking them in their profiles or on their platform if they wish to continue using them.

Players who have emblems unlocked on their accounts and platforms are unaffected by this change.
With the launch of Season of the Deep, new Strand fragments have become available to unlock. Players who complete the Unfinished Business Exotic quest can now speak to Nimbus to acquire a quest to earn new Strand aspects and learn more about the Veil.
The latest dungeon launches at 10 AM, May 26. To access the dungeon, players will need to own the Lightfall Dungeon Key and acquire the associated quest from Hawthorne prior to launching into the dungeon for the first time.
With the launch of Season of the Deep, Last Wish weapons are now available to be crafted. Additionally, players can visit Hawthorne each week to acquire the O Deepsight Mine quest to unlock the ability to purchase a previously obtained Last Wish weapon with Deepsight upon completion.
While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:

  • The Electric Armor and Amped Up Artifact mods names are switched. These mods will still function correctly based on their descriptions.
  • The Until Its Return Shotgun's glare is disconnected from the weapon.
  • The Dark Decider Auto Rifle does not have firing audio.
  • Previous Season Ranks greater than 100 are displaying incorrectly in the Journey tab.
  • Some subtitles do not appear during the Season of the Deep opening cinematic.
  • When equipping a Sidearm or Hand Cannon, the player's view will shift slightly to the left.
  • The portal in the H.E.L.M. does not open for players during the Into The Depths quest.
  • Players may experience framerate drops when opening the Eververse store pages.
  • The Season 19 clan staff has the incorrect title.
  • We are aware of reports that Exotic armor focusing is dropping with lower stats than intended and are currently investigating.
  • We are investigating an issue where players are blocked from completing the Season 21 Into the Depths introductory quest. Players who don't auto-launch into The Descent mission must complete Lightfall's intro mission first, otherwise, they will get blocked from completion.

For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help Forum.

Like a Big Taken Pie, That's Amore

Hippy: I'm a simple Titan. I see pizza, I want pizza. I bet Oryx would totally eat this pizza when he's chilling at his favorite spot in the King's Fall raid: at the back of the room. 😌

Movie of the Week: Oryx, King of the Pizza

His Driftiness Has Arrived

Bruno: "So, I'm Drifter. So, that's what they call me. You know, that or, uh, His Driftness, or, uh, El Drifterino. Or Rat, if you're not into the whole Hive thing."

Art of the Week: 'I rough night, and I hate the [expletive] Screebs, man.

Ivan: I'd love to have a guided Vow of the Disciple tour by Rhulk. I'm sure there are many stories to be told. This amazing art was inspired by my beloved Blade Runner 2049, so picking this entry as #Destiny2AOTW is a no-brainer for me. Congrats!

Art of the Week: First day on the job

That's a wrap on another TWAB. Now it's time to dive back into the mysterious methane seas of Titan. And you know what, with all that liquid it'll be even easier to remember to drink some water. (Just... please don't drink the seas of Titan. We're literally begging. Thank you.)

Before we let you go, be sure to follow the @Destiny2Team account on Twitter for more from Bungie devs on what's going on in the world of Destiny 2.

And while we're all waiting on the next TWAB, remember to keep drinking that water, prioritizing that self-care, and always lead with your kindest foot forward. Until next time, friends.

"I should go,"

<3 Hippy