Just about every week brings something new to Destiny 2, whether it’s story beats, new activities, or interesting new combinations of elements that let players devastate each other in the Crucible. Iron Banter is our weekly look at what’s going on in the world of Destiny and a rundown of what’s drawing our attention across the solar system.
We’ve had a couple weeks now to delve into Duality, the first of two new dungeons Bungie previously announced would come to Destiny 2 this year, and like many, I’ve been enjoying getting stepped on by Caiatl for the last week (…not like that). What’s especially impressed me about the new dungeon is how Bungie has deployed it in service of its narrative. We literally jump into the mind of Calus and shoot his personal demons to figure out what his whole deal is. It’s kind of brilliant.
I’ve been talking extensively about how good Destiny 2’s story has gotten in the last couple of years to just about anyone who will listen (apologies to the games journalists who made the mistake of having a beer with me after a recent in-person preview event). I do it in this column basically every other week. But the Season of the Haunted is setting a new bar for what Bungie’s narrative team has done and continues to do. It’s taking us straight into the internalized trauma of major characters like Crow and Zavala in a way that’s really striking. (Read merrit k over at Fanbyte about how Destiny is somehow at the cutting edge of the conversation on trauma; this season’s writers also recently discussed taking on those topics during a group interview I got to sit in on).