In Season 16 of Destiny 2, the PsiOps Battlegrounds activity has been a great way to keep gamers coming back after they’ve completed the Witch Queen expansion.
Season 17 now has the difficult burden of following it up and laying the basis for the upcoming major expansion, Lightfall.
Here’s everything we know so far, including changes to weapon-making, new PvP maps, changes to Trials of Osiris, and what we know about the next subclass that will be redesigned like Void was last season.
Start Date of Destiny 2 Season 17
The weekly reset for Season 17 takes place on May 24. Because of the transitional nature of the holiday season, there will be some downtime before you are allowed to jump in and play. The reset time is 1 pm ET/ 10 am PT/ 6 pm BST/ 7 pm CEST if you need a refresher.
The new season pass, which grants automatic access to the first ten levels, will cost you 2000 Silver.
What Will Be New in Destiny 2 Season 17?
A new Dungeon is expected to be implemented in Season 17 that offers Raid-like gameplay with Raid-like mechanics and encounters.
Since Dungeons were only available to those who purchased Witch Queen’s Witch Queen Digital Deluxe Edition, Bungie has received a lot of negative feedback from gamers.
Previously, Bungie had said that a new Raid or Dungeon would be added every three months, an unprecedented rhythm for Destiny 2, and Bungie’s April 14th blog post confirmed that there will be a new Dungeon in Season 17.
It’s worth noting that one of the biggest maps yet has been added as a result of these updates: Disjunction. The Witch Queen’s scary motif is carried through to this battle, which takes place in the Pyramid region of the Throne World. Crucible and Rift will have it as well, for those of you who consider yourselves true PvP champions.
There is a drawback to the new season: Iron Banner will only be running twice, on May 31 and July 12.
Capture Zone and Freelance weekends will continue in Trials of Osiris this season. Each season, seven maps will be rotated, and one will be chosen by player votes. Finally, the grind will become more rewarding thanks to clever reward tweaks.
Weapon Crafting Techniques Have Evolved
Player ingenuity has been limited by material restrictions and the vast number of required elements in the Witch Queen’s new weapon-making system.
Season of the Risen will provide a fix for the first problem, however, Season 17 will get rid of everything but Neutral aspects. To simplify weapon creation, Bungie has stated that they are planning to modify how Patterns are gained but did not provide any further details on the matter.
The next ritual weapon, Chain of Command, will be a machine gun with skins for Gambit, Vanguard, and Crucible. Then there are the exotics, which include the Cryosthesia, our first Stasis sidearm, and the Grand Overture, a machine gun/rocket launcher combination. Another battle pass-tied item is on the way.
Season 17 could bring with it the Robocop-style sidearm, which Bungie appears to have forgotten to redact in a recent blog post. Arc ammunition bursts from the gun can be found in the Rise of Iron expansion for Destiny 1 and can be used to take down enemies. Reloading after a kill also results in a longer, more powerful blast.
For Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard activities, players can receive the new Riptide Fusion Rifle, Dead Weight Shotgun, and Strident Whistle Bow.
Season 17’s Ritual Weapon – Chain of Command. pic.twitter.com/838G3Yg5cb
— DeltaIntel (@DeltaINTEL) April 28, 2022
The weapons that will leave in season 18 include:
- Iron Banner
- Peace bond Sidearm
- Archon’s Thunder Machine Gun
- PLUG ONE.1 Fusion Rifle
- The Hothead Rocket Launcher
- Trials of Osiris
- Eye of Sol Sniper Rifle
- The Summoner Auto Rifle
Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris Changes
Starting with Saladin’s name, the Iron Banner and Lord Saladin are getting a major overhaul in Season 17. His new name is Bracus Forge, and he’ll be standing where Eva Levante usually does in the heart of the Tower starting in Season 17.
The new Iron Banner will have no power level, and Rift will be the new game mode for the current season, with the rest of the seasons’ modes rotating.
Tokens will be phased out in favor of a ranking system reminiscent of Shaxx and the Crucibles in their place. Increasing your rank will get you access to additional cosmetic items and materials, as well as more Iron Engrams to spend on them.
There will be a new Seal and title to achieve, which is projected to take you between 15 and 20 hours to accomplish. You’ll no longer be able to cheat!
The Story and Characters of Destiny 2 Season 17
Even after Savathun is slain at the end of the Witch Queen campaign, our onslaught against the Lucent Hive will continue in Season of the Risen.
If Rasputin does return, it’s unlikely that we’ll continue to battle alongside Caiatl’s Cabal forces in the upcoming season. Until now, the AI hasn’t been seen, and his loyalties are ambiguous—just he’s as likely to aid the Guardians or to destroy them from space.
Archangel looks to be the new term for Rasputin, according to Forbes’ Paul Tassi. Bungie’s developers can’t wait to see what’s in store. Dr. Hazel Monforton, the game’s new senior narrative designer, had this to say.
Some of the armor and weapons we should except to see next week for season 17
This image is from last weeks TWAB, which now has the guardians removed. pic.twitter.com/Oe1WVemdhl
— Destiny Leaks (@DestinyTwoLeaks) May 16, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Price of Destiny 2 Season 17?
This year’s Season 17 will stick with the Season Pass format, which means you can get in for about £10 per season. There is no additional cost for seasons 17, 18, and 19 if you own the Witch Queen’s Deluxe Edition.
From where can we access Destiny 2?
Destiny 2 is now available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and PS5/Stadia.
Is there going to be a Destiny 3?
Bungie has no plans for Destiny 3, maybe as far ahead as 2026, according to the announcement.