Cayde-6 is really dead. We mean, really, really dead. Deader than a dead squirrel with a dead leg found in the dead of night under a flashing neon sign blinking 8220;DEAD!8221;. It8217;s not a trick. Cayde-6 is no more. He has ceased to be. He is an ex-Vanguard.
That extraordinary revelation during the PlayStation E3 press conference was easily one of the most shocking moments during this year8217;s videogames show. It provoked genuine tears during gameplay demos and some fans to build a custom Cayde-6 memorial outside the Los Angeles Convention Center.
His demise is not merely for publicity either. It is the very bedrock on which the Destiny 2: Forsaken update is based. It is the first major expansion for Destiny 2 and the death of Cayde-6 8211; which happens right at the beginning of the story 8211; is its raison d8217;être. That sets the tone for easily the darkest outing in Destiny lore yet.
Each team is transported to a different location and rarely meet, although they are racing against each other in trying to complete set tasks before the other. The main aim is for a team to collect Motes dropped by computer enemies when defeated and deposit them in a central column. Only when deposited do they add to the tally and if a player is killed beforehand, they are lost.
Collect enough Motes and you can block your rival team from accessing their central column, while sending over a particularly vicious nasty for them to dispatch before they can continue. Even more Motes mean even harder enemies are sent to the other side until, when a set total of Motes have been collected, an end-level boss appears on your side.
One other element during play that introduces PvP action is the occasional opening of a portal, in which one team member can head to the other location to cause havoc. He or she is also more powerful, with a shield, to give a greater chance of disrupting the other team8217;s flow.
We8217;re not the greatest Crucible players, given that our lifespans are consistently short during PvP play. However, different players can adopt different roles in Gambit 8211; we stayed collecting Motes more often than not, for example 8211; and that made for a much more rewarding game for us.
Considering we barely knew anyone on our team, nor spoke to them in-game, yet still naturally assumed different roles shows how well crafted this new mode is. We cannot wait to put in some hours when the final version hits.
As mentioned above, we played between 30 minutes to an hour of the beginning of the new story, which ended with footage of Cayde-6 buying it. Unfortunately though, it8217;s hard to tell you exactly how it plays as the demo was on PC and we8217;re more used to playing Destiny 2 on PS4.
That meant we spent almost as much time looking at our hands for the right buttons than the screen. And often, we resorted to mashing most of the buttons on the bottom row of the keyboard just to engage our Supercharge power.
The expansion will raise the character level to a maximum of 50, with a power level cap of 600 8211; a mighty leap over Curse of Osiris and Warmind 8211; and, if you haven8217;t got a character at maximum level in time, with start you off at level 40 with power level 400 weapons.
Indeed, we had no trouble zipping through the prison corridors, blatting escapees out of the way on our travels. You get a real mix of foes along the way, all of which are instantly recognisable. Bungie also told us that the difficulty levels are still to be adjusted, so expect it to present a tougher challenge than we faced (apart from the keyboard concerto, of course).