For years now, Future 2 has adopted an identical sample: launch an enormous annual growth adopted by 4 particular person seasons with acquainted loot grinds and a predictable tempo of narrative beats. Not. After The Remaining Form drops in early 2024, Bungie revealed the sport will transfer to a brand new construction with greater however fewer updates all year long.
The announcement got here throughout in the present day’s 2023 Future 2 showcase and it’s nonetheless not completely clear how the brand new system will work. Right here’s what we do know. As an alternative of 4 seasons a 12 months, gamers will get three episodes. Every episode will span 18 weeks and include three acts. New story missions, quests, and equipment will then be launched all through the episode. The primary three for 2024 are referred to as Echoes, Revenant, and Heresy.
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Bungie can be promising that gamers can soar into episodes in any order they need, making them sound extra self-contained than present seasons, which regularly construct off the occasions within the prior one. Will episodes solely final via the 12 months earlier than their content material is wiped away like Bungie does with the present seasonal construction? Is that this the identical amont of content material unfold out via the 12 months extra evenly, or fewer updates (three as an alternative of 4) in favor of larger, extra impactful ones?
The huge shift within the weekly lifetime of Future 2 gamers will arrive after The Remaining Form growth wraps up the in-game occasions of the previous decade. The primary three episodes will cope with the fallout from that showdown, and virtually sound like an epilogue because the Future universe figures out the core conflicts that can outline the way forward for its universe. They’ll even be arriving as gamers debate the well being and sustainability of Future 2 as a stay service following a dissapointing Lightfall growth and main criticisms of the sci-fi MMO’s expensive microtransctions.
Sport Director Joe Blackburn tried to win again some goodwill from the Future neighborhood in a really temporary however perseonal video launched every week previous to the showcase. Amongst different issues, he mentioend Bungie can be placing collectively a strike crew to give attention to enhancing PvP, as soon as a core pillar of the sport. He additionally promised followers a free set of Eververse armor in Season 22, which went stay in the present day.
Notably, he mentioned nothing within the 2023 showcase was a direct response to latest neighborhood backlashes. Episodes could also be precisely what Future 2 must discover a higher steadiness between drip-feeding out new content material and leaving gamers bored and hungry between every massive new replace. Within the meantime, the larger dialog round what the way forward for Future can and must be will proceed.