In the tumultuous world of Destiny 2, darkness looms over the once-glorious franchise. Lightfall, the highly anticipated expansion of 2023, failed to meet players' sky-high expectations. Add controversies surrounding microtransactions, exorbitant Eververse prices, the unfortunate Bungie layoffs, and the delayed arrival of The Final Shape, and you've got a recipe for a rocky road ahead. As February rolls in, Destiny 2 finds itself with the lowest concurrent player count since its inception. While it's unsurprising given that the Season of the Wish is dragging on for another four months, it's still cause for concern. But fear not, Guardians, for amidst the darkness, glimmers of hope emerge.

Let's start with the positives, shall we? Bungie has thrown players a bone by introducing free cosmetics through an exciting crossover with Mass Effect. Who doesn't love a good space-themed makeover? And that's not all—prepare yourselves for a groundbreaking addition to the Destiny 2 arsenal. March will usher in a brand-new weapon type, courtesy of Bungie's creative minds. But here's the catch—it's arriving at the wrong place and the wrong time.

Bungie seldom introduces new weapon types to Destiny 2, and even rarer are the archetypes. Since its launch, only bows and glaives have made their way into the game, courtesy of Forsaken and The Witch Queen expansions, respectively. So, the arrival of a new gun is a big deal. These new additions have the power to reshape the meta, rejuvenating the game. However, this forthcoming firearm is likely to stir up controversy.

Currently, Destiny 2 suffers from missing weapon and damage type combinations. For example, the absence of Strand glaives or non-Void Exotic pulse rifles leaves a void in the game's arsenal. But fear not, fellow Guardians, for the 7.3.5 update in March promises to rectify this issue. Bungie plans to introduce the first-ever Strand wave frame grenade launcher to the loot pool. Sounds fantastic, right? Well, here's the kicker—the weapon will be exclusively tied to Iron Banner loot.

Iron Banner, the somewhat overlooked game mode in Destiny 2, isn't the most popular among players. It also has limited availability, appearing only a few times per season. Between now and the release of The Final Shape, there are only two Iron Banner weeks scheduled—starting on April 2 and April 30, respectively. Given the high demand for this unique grenade launcher, restricting it to Iron Banner is a questionable move on Bungie's part.

Iron Banner has always been one of those live-service elements in Destiny 2 that triggers the dreaded FOMO (fear of missing out). Either you're there during the limited time it's active, or you miss out on the rewards for quite some time. This has caused frustration in the past, particularly due to the arduous grind associated with Iron Banner, especially without score modifiers available. Casual players may find it obscure, and various circumstances can render it unattainable. So, attaching a groundbreaking endgame weapon to this event feels like a classic case of bad timing.

To compound matters, Destiny 2 is currently in the "dead" months, where players eagerly await the next expansion. Season of the Wish has already broken records as the longest season in Destiny 2's history. Bungie must now fill the void with additional content drops to keep players engaged. Introducing a new weapon type that randomly drops during an activity that lasts for only two weeks out of the four months until The Final Shape releases feels like adding insult to injury.

But hey, it's not all doom and gloom in the world of Destiny 2. The game's vast potential and dedicated player base keep hope alive. Bungie has demonstrated their ability to adapt and evolve, and they're no strangers to course correction. The Destiny community is resilient, and it won't be long before the game bounces back with a vengeance.

So, Guardians, hold tight to your weapons, rally your fireteams, and brace yourselves for the trials ahead. Destiny 2's journey may be rocky, but destiny favors the bold. Together, we'll weather the storm and emerge stronger than ever.

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Released: August 28, 2017
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Bungie
Genre: FPS, Multiplayer
Engine: Tiger Engine
ESRB: T for TEEN (Blood, Language, and Violence)
Expansions: Destiny 2: Forsaken, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Destiny 2: Lightfall
How Long To Beat: 100+
Metascore: 85
Title: "Destiny 2: Lightfall's Bumpy Ride - A Roller Coaster of Trials and Tribulations"

Destiny 2, the ever-evolving game, finds itself in one of its darkest times. The disappointment surrounding Lightfall, the controversies over microtransactions and Eververse prices, the unfortunate Bungie layoffs, and the delayed release of The Final Shape have cast a shadow over the franchise. As we enter February, Destiny 2 experiences its lowest concurrent player count since its launch. While understandable, considering the Season of the Wish's prolonged stay, it raises concerns about the game's future. However, amidst the darkness, glimmers of hope emerge, promising a brighter tomorrow.

Let's start with the positives, shall we? Bungie has decided to sprinkle some stardust on the game by introducing free cosmetics through an exciting crossover with Mass Effect. Who wouldn't want to see their Guardian donning N7 armor or wielding a Prothean-inspired weapon? Furthermore, Bungie has a surprise up its sleeve for March—a brand-new weapon type is about to make its grand entrance into the world of Destiny 2. But here's the catch—it's coming at the wrong place and the wrong time.

Bungie rarely introduces new weapon types to Destiny 2, and even rarer are the archetypes. Since the game's launch, only bows and glaives have joined the arsenal, thanks to the Forsaken and The Witch Queen expansions, respectively. Therefore, the arrival of a new gun is a monumental occasion, capable of reshaping the game's meta. However, this forthcoming firearm is likely to stir up controversy.

Destiny 2 currently suffers from missing weapon and damage type combinations, leaving gaps in players' arsenals. For instance, the absence of Strand glaives or non-Void Exotic pulse rifles leaves Guardians yearning for more variety. Thankfully, the upcoming 7.3.5 update in March aims to address this issue. Bungie plans to introduce the first-ever Strand wave frame grenade launcher to the loot pool. Sounds fantastic, right? Well, here's the twist—the weapon will be exclusively tied to Iron Banner loot.

Ah, Iron Banner—the game mode that's like the forgotten cousin of Destiny 2. It doesn't receive the same love as its counterparts, and its availability is limited to a few weeks per season. Between now and the release of The Final Shape, only two Iron Banner weeks are scheduled: April 2 and April 30. With such high demand for this unique grenade launcher, restricting it to Iron Banner seems like a questionable move on Bungie's part.

Iron Banner has always been one of those live-service elements in Destiny 2 that triggers FOMO (fear of missing out). You either participate during its brief appearance or miss out on the rewards for quite some time. This has caused frustration in the past, especially due to the grind associated with Iron Banner, particularly when score modifiers are unavailable. Casual players may find it perplexing, and various circumstances can render it unattainable. So, attaching a groundbreaking endgame weapon to this event feels like a classic case of bad timing.

To make matters worse, Destiny 2 currently finds itself in the "dead" months, where players eagerly await the next expansion. The Season of the Wish has already broken records as the longest season in Destiny 2's history. Bungie needs to keep players engaged by offering additional content drops. Introducing a new weapon type that randomly drops during an activity that only spans two weeks out of the four months until The Final Shape releases feels like adding salt to the wound.

But fear not, fellow Guardians, for even in the face of adversity, Destiny 2 possesses boundless potential. Its passionate and dedicated player base, along with Bungie's ability to adapt and evolve, ensures that brighter days lie ahead. The Destiny community is resilient, and it won't be long before the game bounces back with a vengeance.

So, my fellow Guardians, tighten your grip on your weapons, rally your fireteams, and prepare yourselves for the trials and tribulations that lie ahead. Destiny 2's journey may be bumpy, but legends are forged through trials. Together, we shall weather the storm and emerge stronger than ever.

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Released: August 28, 2017
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Bungie
Genre: FPS, Multiplayer
Engine: Tiger Engine
ESRB: T for TEEN (Blood, Language, and Violence)
Expansions: Destiny 2: Forsaken, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Destiny 2: Lightfall
How Long To Beat: 100+
Metascore: 85

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