We are simply over per week away from the discharge of Black Armory, the primary of three Year Two “content additions” to Destiny 2, a marked change from Destiny 1 which deserted shorter DLC after Year 1, after which simply did free occasions for a complete 12 months in between huge growth releases for Years 2 and three.
Those had been….the unhealthy occasions of Destiny, the place there was barely any content material and no motive to play this recreation that was purported to be an ongoing interest, so this repair is meant to alleviate that, and make Activision and Bungie some cash as nicely, because the Annual Pass for all three bits of content material prices $35.
And but I discover it a bit…unusual that whilst one of the crucial die-hard Destiny followers round, I and the remainder of the neighborhood know subsequent to nothing about Black Armory itself. We needs to be getting some measure of information subsequent Thursday, per week earlier than launch, however that is….per week earlier than launch. Ahead of that, I can inform you nothing concerning the content material aside from it has a brand new “black” tier of weapons, no matter which means, it has some new Forge exercise and it could have a raid. Or raid lair. Unclear. Oh and heavy machine weapons and Last Word are coming again.
But yeah, the purpose is that in an period when Destiny is making an attempt to carry gamers again into the fold and maintain them engaged after Forsaken, it feels a bit bizarre to be this darkish about issues so near launch. Outside of the core Destiny neighborhood, I guess that virtually nobody even is aware of Black Armory is popping out.
I can see the professionals and cons of this tactic.
The hardcore Destiny neighborhood is already engaged after Forsaken and the vast majority of gamers can be mechanically shelling out for Black Armory, in the event that they have not purchased the bundled Annual Pass already. In that case, it is really good to not have every little thing spelled out forward of time, as a result of the Destiny neighborhood loves nothing greater than discovering out issues for themselves.
You might additionally argue that even with a very nice advertising and marketing marketing campaign for Forsaken, that did not do a lot to assist connect charges to D2, as these stats nonetheless upset Activision. Black Armory is just too small a content material drop to dedicate a severe advertising and marketing funds to, and so “more info” would most likely simply imply just a few livestreams and weekly updates that solely the toughest core neighborhood would watch anyway. And most of them are hyped already regardless of figuring out little.
And but on the flipside, I do discover it a bit unusual we all know this little about Black Armory so near launch, significantly as a result of that is the primary time we have ever seen DLC like this, so we actually do not know what to anticipate. The questions on scope particularly are probably the most urgent. We know that the dimensions of that is going to be smaller than Curse of Osiris and Warmind, however might we be seeing one thing akin to The Dark Below or House of Wolves, D1 DLCs which had been each smaller than D2’s choices? Or is that also assuming one thing too giant, and we’ll be let down? Is this extra like a souped up vacation occasion? Something like just a few of the key Whisper quests strung collectively? I genuinely do not know.
You can see the problem, as Bungie has been making an attempt to promote this annual move since pre-Forsaken with just about no clear indicator of what followers are paying for. I suppose the present plan is for devoted early adopters like me to auto-buy it after which evangelize it to the remainder of the playerbase/newcomers if it is good, however after 4 years of Destiny we’ve not encountered a content material drop like this earlier than, and even I would prefer to know a bit extra about what my expectations needs to be right here.
Destiny 2 has executed nothing however enhance since launch, so I’ve religion this is not going to be a step backward, however there are wild theories all over proper now about what Black Armory is and the way a lot content material it is bringing to the desk. I suppose it is doable that Bungie solutions all our questions per week earlier than launch, however that is reducing a bit shut, and I do should surprise if this nearly whole data blackout has suppressed pre-sales a bit since just about nobody has any concept what’s coming.
If Destiny did not really feel prefer it was skating on skinny ice a bit with growth gross sales and playerbase measurement, I might not be studying this a lot into it, however on this present local weather, it feels sort of bizarre to go radio silent on the opening salvo of a complete 12 months’s price of content material you are asking individuals to pay for. We’ll see the place we’re subsequent week, I suppose.
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