Destiny 2’s Season 22 Raid might have backfired.

Destiny 2's Season 22 Raid might have backfired.

Destiny 2’s Raid and Starfield’s Clash: A Sci-Fi Showdown

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Destiny 2 has had its ups and downs, reaching new heights with The Witch Queen expansion and intriguing seasons. However, the highly-anticipated Lightfall expansion fell short of players’ expectations, leaving them with unanswered questions and even more mysteries. Now, as Destiny 2 gears up for its Season 22 Raid release, the timing couldn’t be worse, clashing with the early access launch of Bethesda’s Starfield.

Player frustration has been growing since Lightfall’s release, with the player count dropping significantly. The unresolved issues and lack of answers in the expansion have contributed to this decline. While the ongoing Season of the Deep has been keeping players engaged with its lore and story, Destiny 2’s future releases are at risk of repeating the same pattern.

Bungie has a tradition of releasing a new Raid alongside each major expansion, followed by reprising an older one a few months later. However, this time, the reprised Raid faces a major hurdle. There are only two Destiny Raids left to port, one of which is Crota’s End, known for its short length. The other, Wrath of the Machine, already has an Exotic in the game, and Bungie has no plans to bring back SIVA.

Remaking Wrath of the Machine from scratch poses logistical challenges, with limited potential for reuse in the future. On the other hand, reprising Crota’s End may be disappointing due to its brevity. Another solution could be bringing back one of Destiny 2’s vaulted Raids, such as the Leviathan. However, this could upset some players due to previous monetization issues. To add to the uncertainty, Bungie has kept the Raid’s identity a secret, which may backfire given its shared release date with Starfield.

The Season 22 Raid is scheduled to launch on September 1, the same day as Starfield’s early access. This clash could have serious consequences for Destiny 2’s player count, especially considering its nature as a live-service game. While players can theoretically return to Destiny 2 at any time, the buzz around Starfield’s launch might divert their attention. Additionally, streaming platforms might attract viewers who decide to watch Starfield instead of the Raid race.

Destiny 2 Raids are usually a massive event, with top players racing against time to finish the activity first. However, this time, participation and viewership could be lower than usual due to the competition from Starfield. With Starfield’s formal release on September 6, it seems there was no perfect moment for Bungie to launch their new Raid, particularly since Raids usually debut alongside a new season. Nevertheless, the impact on Destiny 2 will be significant and inevitable.

Inevitably, on September 1, many potential Destiny 2 players will likely jump ship and explore Bethesda’s new RPG. Those who don’t have access to Starfield yet might opt to watch it on streaming platforms instead of the Raid race. Destiny 2’s fate hangs in the balance as it goes head-to-head with the excitement surrounding Starfield’s early access launch.

Destiny 2 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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