The first major infusion of content arrives in less than two weeks for Destiny 2 fans, headed by the launch of the first expansion pack. In addition to taking players to Mercury to take part in a new campaign experience, the DLC adds new gear, new things to do, and increases the level cap to 330. While the DLC promises to hold even more secrets, Bungie has slowly pulled the curtain back on what’s new through an ongoing series of livestreams. During its second Curse of Osiris livestream event for Destiny 2, Bungie pulled back the curtain on a unique public event centered around the transforming landscape of Mercury.
Known as Vex Crossroads, this Mercury-only mission represents Bungie’s biggest and most elaborate public event the studio has created so far. The main objective is to shut down four different warp gates, though to do that, players need to work together to bring down four Gatekeepers as well. When one falls, they leave behind two keys, which players need to pick up and dunk into one of four pedestals. Knocking out four of the gates pushes the fire team to the other side of the zone to do it again before phase two kicks in on a completely different Vex island.
Once all warp gates are down, the final challenge is to take down the Vex Gate Lord. During this final phase, the developers also triggered the heroic event modifier but opts to not reveal how to do it so the community could discover this on their own. At times, the Gate Lord shields itself, signalling the arrival of more Vex Gatekeepers which need to be killed first in order to disable the shielding.
What’s exciting about this new Public Event is that it doubles the rewards in response to all of the effort put in by the player. Once the event is complete, players can loot two treasure chests. While two chests are always better than one, the rewards didn’t quite live up to expectations as the fireteam earned 940 glimmer, two Mercury reputation tokens, and a rare armor piece. Considering all of the new gear and increased level cap in this expansion, many players watching and chatting were certainly disappointed to see such a lackluster reward. With a lot of discussion surrounding Destiny 2’s over-reliance on tokens and RNG, hopefully, these chests hold even better items and goodies once the DLC finally launches in a couple weeks.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris releases December 5, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.