The development team behind Destiny 2 Forsaken have talked more about the darker narrative and Western angle they’re taking with the new content. Basically, they’re making the stakes much more personal, and they’re using Western archetypes to craft the Barons as enemies.
Bungie is doubling down further on the new, darker angle that Destiny 2 Forsaken is going to take. In a new Developer Insights video, which you can check out below, several of the people behind the game discussed the new direction. They really go ahead and hammer home how dark and deep they want to take Destiny 2 in. With all due respect, they seem to be almost desperate to convince people. Maybe it’s just me being cynical, but after how low-stakes the story of Destiny 2 ended up being, I’m not holding out too much hope for Forsaken.
As they point out in the video, though, they’re moving the goalposts somewhat. Before, Destiny was all about saving the Universe. With Forsaken, on the other hand, the story is much more personal. It’s about vengeance against the Prince for the death of arguably the most beloved character from the series. Spoilers ahead: prince Uldren, the weaselly fellow from the first Destiny, murders Cayde-6 in cold blood. This will leave a huge hole in the hearts of many Guardians, and I’m certain they’ll be thirsty for revenge. According to the developers, the death of Cayde is not just for shock value. It should instead further enrich the Destiny 2 universe.
Another aspect the developers want to make clear is the Western angle. As they’ve said time and again, Forsaken will basically be the Wild West of Destiny. It’s just anarchy out there, so anything goes. Also, they’ve based the Barons, Uldren’s underlings, on Western archetypes, such as the horse wrangler or bomber. In other words, they’re really gonna make them satisfying to kill. Destiny 2 Forsaken is coming out on September 4th, 2018.