In the past, Bungie usually began each new season at the weekly reset, which is usually on Friday at 10 a.m. PDT, followed by a raid 3 to 7 days later. Even though a lot of players were expecting the same with Destiny 2’s upcoming Crown of Sorrow raid, it seems Bungie is doing something different with Season of Opulence which could either be good or bad for players.
Innovation is a hallmark of any good game developer. You always want to be doing something new, a game that lacks innovation becomes stale and old. And like any good game developer, Bungie always seems to be trying something new with their hit game, Destiny 2.
In a blog post on Bungie’s website, the company announced, “This season, we’re doing something a little different. Owners of the Annual Pass will be challenged to conquer a new raid on day one”
Basically, Bungie plans on launching the Crown of Sorrow raid six hours after Season of Opulence goes live.
Destiny 2’s Season of Opulence will go live on June 4, 2019, at 10 am PDT, which will then be followed by the Crown of Sorrow raid going live at 4 PM PDT.
Bungie explained their new plan and changes they are making to the Power Climb by saying,
“The world’s first race for a raid is a competitive event. The raid is a challenge geared toward testing a fireteam’s ability to learn and execute on the mechanics, as well as their ability to overcome enemies and bosses together. Having a short window of time between release and launch allows us to preserve the combat challenge for players making their attempt on day one and get people playing the raid content right away.”
Right off the bat, this might sound like a bad idea to some players, thinking that it will make everything unbalanced but it seems Bungie has plans for that. They are also making changes to the investment system in order to ensure an “even playing field while players are increasing their Power at the launch of the Season”, wrote Bethesda.
- Last Wish and Scourge of the Past will be unavailable until Crown of Sorrow has been beaten
- This prevents players with a stash of Ethereal Keys from having a leg up in the race
- Prime Attunements will be reset to two charges per character on day one
- While characters build Prime Attunement charges over time, these are being set to two per character upon logging in after the new season begins.
- All level 50 characters can earn Prime Engrams after signing in and playing during the Season of Opulence
- Players may continue to build Prime Attunements over time after the reset occurs
Bungie recommends a 715 Power for the first encounter but also reminds that just like the Power cap back in Season of the Drifter, “any powerful bounties acquired prior to Season of Opulence will have a Power cap of 700”
Even though it might seem like a long time until Destiny 3 releases, Destiny 2’s Season of Opulence and the Crown of Sorrow raid may serve as something to enjoy and pass the time.