After teasing and finally releasing details about the upcoming expansion, Shadowkeep, for Destiny 2, Bungie has pulled back the curtain on how the Moon has changed since the first Destiny.
While landmarks and certain structures remain, the Moon will have increased to twice the size of the one that players explored in the original game.
“In Shadowkeep, the Moon is entirely changed,” Destiny 2 art lead, Mike Poe, stated. “It’s completely remastered. There have been a bunch of changes, both large and small, for players to experience and find.” Destiny 2 design lead, Ben Wommack, also added, “We have about double the amount of space. There’s more than twice as many places you can go.”
The multiple changes are likely due to the emergence of a new Hive castle on the surface of the Moon, consolidating the Hive’s power. The Fallen also has a new base on the Moon, made out of the derelict remnants of a destroyed starship.
Familiar structures that were previously inaccessible originally will be explorable in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Poe said.
In terms of lighting, Poe mentioned that:
In [Destiny 1], the lighting is a little more clean-cut, we went with a lot more saturated colors in some spaces. But in [Destiny 2], we were trying to give this feeling of desaturation and general spookiness. We wanted it to feel a little more mysterious.”.
And this mystique is what is going to drive players to return to the Moon for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. “There’s so much we don’t know about the Moon,” Destiny 2 senior writer, Adam Miller, shared.
“I think a lot of [Shadowkeep] is about mystery.” Poe emphasised, “One of the things we really liked about the Moon in Destiny 1 was that it brought in this element of spacefaring and the height of humanity, the height of where we landed as humans before the Collapse. So there’s a lot of stories that we’re telling about the history of humanity here. The people that built the Accelerator. The people that built all these structures on the Moon. Like what happened to them, where did they go?”
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will launch on September 17 on PS4 and other platforms.