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Destiny 2's raid race was delightfully brutalNov 27, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The best time to play a Destiny raid is as soon as it launches. Before the puzzles are solved, the bosses cheesed, the builds optimised, and the surprises spoiled, get in and discover it for yourself. Raids are extra brutal at launch because the first 24 hours are under a special ‘Contest Mode’ making enemies so much tougher while players race for the world’s first completion. So when Destiny 2: Beyond Light opened the Deep Stone Crypt last Saturday, I dove straight in with my fireteam for puzzling and a pummelling. It was: great. (more…) Prime Gaming RewardsNov 25, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsNew Prime Gaming rewards are now available in Destiny 2! Bungie is continuing to team up with Prime Gaming for the next 12 months to deliver in-game rewards to any player with an active Amazon Prime membership. Once you have your membership (if not, start your free trial here), visit this page and link your account to start receiving your 12 monthly gear drops. Each drop will contain four rewards, including Exotic weapons, Ghost Shells, ships, Sparrows, and weapon ornaments from previous Seasons. Along with more gear drops, we are also excited to announce that beginning of each new Season will have also special Seasonal theme item for that month’s gear drop, for Season of the Hunt, the item is the Unchained Exotic Emote. The first gear drop that also has special Seasonal themed items will run from November 25 until December 23 and will include the Unchained Exotic Emote (Seasonal theme), The Regal Howl Exotic Sparrow, Transpose JT-24-X Exotic Ship, and Arch Shell Legendary Ghost Shell. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/eeeb855dfb84d128aa9a9f82511dcaffcfc14d3a.jpg When a gear drop is available, eligible players can claim the rewards here. Once claimed, follow a visual indicator to Amanda Holliday in the Tower’s hangar. Amanda will have the rewards available in her inventory. As long as you claim the rewards on the Prime Gaming page by 10 AM on the last day of the drop, the gear will still be available from Amanda after the deadline.  Still have questions? We have a Help article with more details on how everything works. How to conquer the Deep Stone Crypt in Destiny 2Nov 24, 2020 - PC GamerThe Destiny 2 Deep Stone Crypt raid is here. Beyond Light’s raid is one of the most complex and involved yet seen in Bungie's MMO. Indeed, there’s so much to take in and so many enemies to fight that it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything you need to do... Read more.Destiny 2: Beyond Light reviewNov 24, 2020 - PC GamerIn many ways, Beyond Light is a classic Destiny expansion. There's a new destination to explore, a new campaign to complete and a new raid to overcome. There's also a new elemental damage type, Stasis, which is a big deal, but not so much that it feels like you're playing a radically different game. The music when you launch the game has changed. Some of the menus look different. All in all, it's a bunch more Destiny 2... Read more.Destiny 2: Beyond Light's first raid, Deep Stone Crypt, has openedNov 21, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Along with a half-dozen planets and countless weapons and armour, Destiny 2: Beyond Light made us say goodbye to the game’s existing raids – so it’s about time it added a new one of its own. Thee Deep Stone Crypt opens its doors today, letting you put all that hard-earned Europan gear to the test in the expansion’s first real endgame challenge. Or, alternatively, get ready to watch Destiny’s smartest Guardians duke it out in the race to be the first to clear Bungie’s latest sci-fi puzzle-box. (more…) Destiny 2: Beyond Light week two: Wrathborn Hunts, big nerfs and frantic raid prepNov 20, 2020 - PC GamerPhew! It's been a helluva second week for those of us chasing power in Beyond Light, Destiny 2's new expansion. The grind has been real, and the goal has been getting ready for the new raid, which launches at 10 AM PST on November 21. Bungie kindly gave players slightly longer than usual, which combined with it being a weekend start should make for one of the biggest races for World's First yet. If you want to watch grown adults banging their heads against Byzantine puzzles, sadistic jumping sections, and unusually deadly trash mobs, the Destiny 2 Twitch directory will be the place to see it all go down... Read more.All New Raid - Deep Stone CryptNov 19, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsBelow the frozen tundra of Europa lies the Deep Stone Crypt. For decades it has remained dormant. Your fireteam cautiously approaches, weapons raised, and the final plan is set in motion. Unique rewards await those who can triumph in its enigmatic depths. Tune-In Nov. 21 @ 10am PST and witness one team become legend. Don't miss the 'Race To World First' featuring the all-new Beyond Light Raid: Deep Stone Crypt.This Week At Bungie – 11/19/2020Nov 19, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsThis week at Bungie, the Crow has found a new nest. Hello, and welcome to the second TWAB of Beyond Light. We’ve got a bit to cover today, so we won’t spend too much time on introductions. Season of the Hunt kicked off proper on Tuesday. If you haven’t jumped in just yet, we have some wonderful web lore to get you prepared. I wasn’t mentally prepared for part 2... IMMOLANT PT. 1 // IMMOLANT. PT 2 TWO DRINK MINIMUM Wrathborn Hunts have begun. We still have the Deep Stone Crypt Raid, The Dawning, Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, and more to look forward to over the course of the Season. This week, we're talking through the raid race, an upcoming security feature, a charity initiative, Stasis tuning, loot, and more. Check out the full TWAB for more.The 35 best ultrawide games on PCNov 18, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunUltrawide gaming monitors are the kind of hardware that might seem too excessive, maybe even a bit too gamer to bother with for playing games on PC, especially when their demanding resolutions often require powerful graphics cards to make the most of them. Once you try one, though, there’s no going back. I’ve been a big fan of ultrawide gaming monitors for years now, mostly because supported PC games just look fantastic on them. And that’s why I’ve put together this list of the best ultrawide games on PC – to show you exactly what they look like in the flesh, complete with GIFs and photos of them running on an ultrawide monitor so you can see them in motion with your own peepers. (more…) Destiny warlocks are rudely one-shotting bosses with the power of darknessNov 17, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Destiny 2: Beyond Light finally lets our Guardians touch the darkness. But perhaps it shouldn’t have, because it’s gone and corrupted the game’s space wizards with the power to completely break any encounter Bungie throws at them. Ahead of the expansion’s first raid opening later this month, Warlocks have figured out how to use their stasis powers to instantly evaporate Destiny’s deadliest baddies. (more…) Season of the HuntNov 17, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsEntire planets have vanished. In the chaos that follows, Xivu Arath, the Hive God of War boldly moves to seize power. If left unchecked, she threatens a solar system already in turmoil. While investigating the growing threat, Osiris finds himself in need of help. Fortunately, a new – and yet familiar – ally known as the Crow joins you in the rescue... GEAR & REWARDS {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/e8b997a2f61add1b9960caf86123e9858d07c70a.jpg Gear, XP, rewards! Get the Season Pass and instantly unlock the new Seasonal armor set and new Exotic Shotgun, Duality. You also get an XP boost that speeds up your Seasonal ranks and engram unlocks. THE HUNT BEGINS {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/cc7d535e639bdfc902b311395521567928065e48.jpg Hive shrines are appearing throughout the system. The Spider has felt the effect of this disturbance and wants to strike a bargain. Work with him and the Crow to build a device that will draw Xivu Arath’s lieutenants out of hiding. Once constructed, upgrade your Lure, snare your prey, and challenge the Hive god. FANG OF XIVU ARATH Pulled from the jaws of a Hive God, the Fang of Xivu Arath increases your Power every time it’s upgraded. Unlock new Seasonal mods and choose new ways to customize your playstyle. Destiny 2 Legendary Edition Nov 16, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsThree expansions. One epic bundle. Get the Destiny 2: Legendary Edition now at a 15% discount until December 1, 2020, 10 a.m. Pacific.  Experience the epic sci-fi action of Destiny 2 and all of its expansions with Destiny 2: Legendary Edition. Create your Guardian and enjoy a cinematic storyline in an ever-evolving universe. Join your fellow Guardians for challenging co-op missions, or compete against them in a variety of PvP modes. The Legendary Edition includes the critically acclaimed expansions Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light, as well as access to the current Destiny 2 season: Season of the Hunt. Legendary Edition owners also get access to the Exotic Pulse Rifle “No Time To Explain” and its catalyst. Destiny 2: Legendary Edition contains the following:  Forsaken {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/06d6fad1c483305b5dab01c9e56266596075c852.jpg In a high-stakes prison escape, Uldren Sov and his eight Barons took out legendary Hunter, Cayde-6, and unleashed chaos across the Reef. Take justice into your own hands and venture into a new frontier filled untold mysteries and treasures. Shadowkeep {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/d54bcb8f9433c95723fd8f3c5f41e99b67c27640.jpg As the heroes of the Last City turn their attention to the frontiers of our galaxy, new Nightmares awaken from their slumber beneath the Lunar surface. Join Eris Morn and confront a sinister evil that poses a threat far beyond her understanding. Beyond Light {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/abde577f7e2b027e7946c3a7ae413977fd771fc6.jpg The frontier of Europa holds many lost secrets, including the dark power of Stasis. Work with the mysterious Exo Stranger to harness this new power before Eramis, the Kell of Darkness, bestows it on her Fallen forces. Grow your arsenal, command Stasis, and go beyond the Light. CURRENT SEASON: Season of the Hunt {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/ffcfbd5744210132fa05588e6c0b44afa6d83529.jpg Entire planets have vanished. In the chaos that follows, Xivu Arath, the Hive God of War boldly moves to seize power. If left unchecked, she threatens a solar system already in turmoil. Guardians will work to build a device that will draw Xivu Arath’s lieutenants out of hiding. Once constructed, upgrade your Lure, snare your prey, and challenge the Hive god. Destiny: The Official Cookbook really understands DestinyNov 15, 2020 - EurogamerThere was a place in Brighton a few years back that used to do a drink called London Fog. If you've never come across it, it's a sort of Earl Grey latte, really - tea with a lot of hot, foamy milk, and something else, some glittering flavour, that I struggled to identify. The place closed down just as I was getting into them, London Fogs. I looked up a range of unsatisfactory online recipes, and then bodged together a few London Fog concepts of my own, all of which were completely undrinkable in thrillingly different ways. Then I found this cookbook a few weeks ago - Destiny: The Official Cookbook. Page 171. London Fog. Honey and almond milk. It's good. Actually, it's great! The London Fog is a favourite of Devrim Kay, who I once met in the European Dead Zone. I remember him crouched in the church, maybe in a sniper spot up in the tower, and I remember him talking about getting the kettle on once missions were done. He laid the Britishness on a bit thick, I had thought, and so does Destiny: The Official Cookbook in its own way. It's a quantities thing - after following the recipe I had enough London Fog to see me through a week. But a good egg, Devrim. It was nice to think about him again. Destiny is one of those mega-budget successes that I can still find it hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for. A gajillion-seller, sure, but it must have really sucked when the first thing that anybody got to see of the game was not concept art or a bit of story, but Activision's cold-eyed business plan: release dates, Q4s and whatnot stretching out for a decade. Destiny came to us initially as a product rather than a work of planet-hopping imagination. To put it another way, we got the recipe rather than the taste. Except that's unfair to recipes, which can often be brilliant bits of micro-literature by themselves, while business plans never are. Read more Destiny 2's Trials Of Osiris are on hold for two weeksNov 14, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun So, you’ve just beaten Destiny 2: Beyond light, powered up your Guardian with the slickest gear, and feel ready to take on the world in high-stakes wizard PVP. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’ll just have to wait a few more weeks. Due to an unidentified issue, Bungie have benched Destiny 2‘s Trials of Osiris for the next two weeks, bringing the competitive PVP event ’til November 27th. (more…) This Week At Bungie – 11/12/2020Nov 12, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsThis week at Bungie, we launched Beyond Light. No more waiting, Beyond Light has arrived! There was some turbulence at the start, but our team of experts worked the problem and remained vigilant in making sure Guardians were ushered through the queue and could safely touch down on Europa. Millions of Guardians have answered Variks’ distress call and began to explore the icy moon. Secrets have been discovered, enemies have been vanquished, your quest for Exotic loot has begun. Whether you have already finished the campaign or are still eagerly awaiting for your chance to hop in for the first time this weekend, there is still a lot of great Destiny content ahead of you! Speaking of new content, we just unveiled a new trailer for Season of the Hunt and a Season page to go with it. Check it out! Season of the Hunt is live now, but it really gets going next week when the Season’s mission kicks off and Wrathborn hunts begin. Prepare to stop Xivu Arath from attempting to seize power with the help a familiar ally. Until then, don’t forget to grab the new Seasonal Artifact. Just try not to mess up Zavala's office while you’re in there. For the full TWAB visit Destiny 2: Beyond Light feels like someone else's school reunionNov 11, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun In the run-up to yesterday’s launch of Destiny 2: Beyond Light, many players were excited for the return of familiar people and places. Will Randal the Vandal be up to his old tricks? Will the Exo Stranger say what she said six years ago? But Destiny 1 wasn’t on PC so I didn’t play it, and I feel like I’ve turned up to someone else’s school reunion. Everyone’s stoked to crack open a couple engrams with the lads in the Loot Cave and reminisce, while I’m stuck in an awkward conversation with some big fella who chatters and clicks like a happy budgie. (more…) How to get Spoils of Conquest in Destiny 2Nov 11, 2020 - PC GamerDestiny 2: Beyond Light brings back the loot cave, sans lootNov 11, 2020 - PC GamerHow to get No Time To Explain in Destiny 2Nov 11, 2020 - PC GamerReach your Guardian's potential with this Destiny 2: Beyond Light leveling guideNov 11, 2020 - PC GamerDestiny 2 Had a Peak of Over 200k Concurrent Players During its First Day on SteamOct 2, 2019 - GitHypWith Bungie and Activision officially parting ways, yesterday marked Destiny 2's first day on Steam after leaving the Blizzard launcher. Now free-to-play on Steam with a brand new $34.99 "Shadowkeep" expansion, Destiny 2 peaked with 219k concurrent players on Tuesday. That number might have been even higher if not for technical issues that prevented many users from logging in and Bungie taking the game down for “emergency maintenance. However, with Mostly Positive reviews right now on Steam, it doesn't seem like said issues being fixed tomorrow will have a drastic impact on the player counts. Destiny 2's player count hitting 200k was enough to help the game rank in as the #3 most played game on Steam for a couple hours yesterday. But D2's numbers were far behind yesterday's peaks for Steam's top 3 games: Dota 2 (606k players), CS:GO (605k players), and PUBG (566k players). Destiny's biggest competition over the years has been the growing popularity of Warframe -- a similar free-to-play loot shooter -- which is still in Steam's top 10 averaging around 50k concurrent players and peaking at 132k players back in November 2018. Yesterday also marked the first time we've ever been able to see Destiny's actual player counts. So, it'll be interesting to see if Destiny 2 is able to grow any more to compete with PUBG or if its player base will decline closer to Warframe's numbers.