This week at Bungie, we released our Director’s Cut.
Usually, you find the majority of Destiny-related news within a This Week at Bungie blog post, dropping each Thursday around 3 PM Pacific. This week, we’ve done something different. We won’t be picking each of these apart here in the TWAB, but rather directing your attention to where this information lives. Here’s the rundown:
This morning, Luke went a bit deeper on what the live stream covered, providing additional context for how you will transition from the armor you wear now to Armor 2.0 in the Fall. Additionally, he covered how the ways you acquire Power will change and how New Light will introduce players to the Power system in October.
(Coming Soon) Director’s Cut: Part 3 – Combat: The Inevitable Collision of Action and RPG
Tomorrow, we take a hard look at damage. Shadowkeep will bring many changes to buffs, debuffs, stacking, Supers, and more.
We’re sure you have questions—and that you’ll have even more after tomorrow’s final entry to the Director’s Cut series. We’ll be looking to answer as many as possible as we approach October 1. Sound off with what you’d like to hear more about, and feel free to ask about any of the finer details.
While Luke was burning up the keyboard, DeeJ took to the streams to host members of the development team in exploring new elements of customization coming with Armor 2.0 in Shadowkeep. Stats, mods, appearance, and more were discussed throughout the stream.
There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Shadowkeep. Quality-of-life updates, overhauls to investment systems, and new ways to fine-tune your monster-killing machine. Of all the customization options coming with Armor 2.0, I’m most excited to rock my favorite Titan gauntlets once more, decked out with various mods to complement my playstyle. Shaxx always tells me to throw more grenades, but I sure do love shoulder charging people into oblivion.
Discipline, strength, and resilience are on my mind. Intellect? Bah. I don’t need the help. I’ll make my own Supers with my knee. That said, efficiency is only half the battle. Destiny is also about fashion. Some even call it Dresstiny from time to time. Starting in Shadowkeep, we’ll be celebrating those among you with a keen eye for style with a new Community emblem.
The Levante Prize
The most prestigious fashion prize. Awarded in honor of the original Guardian Outfitter, Eva Levante.
"When I was young, the Last City would celebrate looking fashionable for a whole week. Seeing that tradition come back brings me such joy. It’s my honor to grant you the first Levante prize of a new fashionable era." —Eva Levante
Each month, we’ll host a fashion show of sorts, and winners will earn this sweet emblem. I personally can’t wait to see how you all customize your guardians, mixing and matching various sets with an assortment of shaders. Stay tuned for more details!
Prepare to Cross Save
Our next stop on the road to Shadowkeep is Cross Save. Next Wednesday, August 21, Cross Save will become available to all players of Destiny 2. We’ve been doing some testing on our side to ensure a smooth launch, but Destiny Player Support has some last minute details to set you up for success.
This is their report.
Safeguarding Your Steam Account
Next Tuesday, August 20, Steam linking is scheduled to go live for all players on Bungie.net.
Steam linking is the first step for PC players to migrate their Destiny 2 accounts from Battle.net later this year and is required before players with linked PC accounts can activate cross save.
Because account security is vital, we strongly encourage players to setup Steam Guard two-factor authentication. For a comprehensive guide on setting up Steam Guard on your mobile device, please visit Steam’s support page.
Next Wednesday, August 21, cross save is scheduled to become available for all Destiny 2 players on Bungie.net.
Before this feature goes live, we’d like to set expectations on how the cross save experience will evolve following the launches of New Light and Shadowkeep on October 1.
Expansion Destinations and Activities
When cross save launches on August 21, cross-save-enabled players will not be able to access expansion destinations or activities from platforms where they do not own that expansion license until the corresponding expansion is purchased on that platform.
For example: A cross-save-enabled player who owns Forsaken on their Xbox One account, but not on PlayStation 4, will not be able to launch into the Dreaming City on PlayStation 4 when cross saving their Xbox One characters.
With the arrival of New Light on October 1, we’re changing how players access destinations and activities for content that they do not own. For more information on New Light, please see our New Light page.
When cross save launches on August 21, cross-save-enabled players who earn gear on platforms where they do not own Forsaken will receive that gear at below-Forsaken Power levels until Forsaken is purchased on that platform.
For example: A cross-save-enabled player on a 750 Power character who owns Forsaken on their Xbox One account, but not on PlayStation 4, will receive all powerful gear drops at 380 Power when earned on PlayStation 4 while cross saving their Xbox One characters.
These Power restrictions will be removed in Update 2.6.0 with the launches of New Light and Shadowkeep later this year.
This week, our winners will not be assisting you on how to recognize different types of Guardians from quite a long way away. They’ll be referencing some cheeky jokes, new and old. Hopefully this week, we have content for the whole family—even those pesky kids who keep telling me to “Yeet this Wheat.”
Movie of the Week: The Round(ish) Table
Honorable Mention: Get Ready to Drop
If you’d like to put your name in the hat for Movie of the Week, make sure to post your content to the Community Creations page on bungie.net, or throw a video to myself or Cozmo on Twitter.
That’s a wrap! Well, sort of. We’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning for Part 3 of the Director’s Cut. Seeing as though I just got a Crucible tattoo, I’m excited to hear your thoughts on the details that Luke will be sharing. Until next time, I’ll be finishing up my Solstice sets.