In Destiny 2, we mourn our lost Guardians. And no, it’s not as somber as it sounds. It’s Halloween, except in Destiny we call it The Festival of The Lost, something a little more akin to Dia De Los Muertos than All Hallow’s Eve. And it’s arriving pretty soon, as Halloween events are wont to do. Here’s what we know about it so far, from Bungie’s most recent developer update:
This month will be home to another Festival of the Lost. It begins on October 16, 2018, with a celebration of lost heroes and a new challenge to tackle. It includes a costume party, and you’re all invited. It ends with a quest to solve a murder.
I like what I hear so far, though we’ll wait to hear more with Thursday’s update. To start with: “a new challenge to tackle” has the ring of an exotic quest to me, as those are usually the most challenging new content drops aside from Raids and their lairs. That could well be something to do with The Last Word, or it might be something else entirely.
The quest could go any which way, but I like, at least, the description. It sounds like an old-school whodunnit set at a weird Last City ball, and it’s making me think of a classic quest from The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. Maybe it’s Uldredn Sav we’re talking about, and it’s the Guardian that committed the murder? Maybe it’s Cayde, and we’re talking about the otherworldly force that drove Uldren to kill? Or maybe it has nothing to do with the main story. Regardless, the costume party makes it sound like there’s at least some level of camp involved, and so we’ll see where it falls on the ever-swinging pendulum of Destiny’s seriousness.
Forsaken, like The Taken King before it, serves not just as a yearly expansion but also as a full sequel and a soft reboot, answering many of the wide-ranging criticisms that Destiny 2 saw before launch. And that puts a lot of pressure on every other “rebooted” activity. The other week we weren’t just playing Iron Banner, we were playing the first Iron Banner of the Forsaken era. When Faction Rally returns, everyone will be curious to see what the first Faction Rally of the Forsaken era will look like, etc.
That’s even more true for Festival of the lost, for two reasons. For one, Bungie skipped the holiday last year, so this actually will be the first Festival of the Lost in Destiny 2. For another, Destiny 2’s first holiday last year was The Dawning, and it was something of a disaster. It locked all of its best armor behind microtransactions, and it came with precious little else to do in the meantime. Bungie has made tremendous strides since then, but Festival of the Lost still faces a certain kind of pressure as the first major holiday of the Forsaken era.
It’s also just a fan favorite, so I’m excited to see what we get. We’ll see soon, with more info likely dropping before the event itself.