Destiny 2 Season Of The Splicer Launches Today, Here's What's New

Destiny 2's new season is now underway, and here's what you can expect.

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Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer kicked off today, adding a whole bunch of new content for players to experience. As with previous seasons, there's a event, new gear, and a new storyline to follow as the season progresses. The initial launch today was a bit rocky, but Bungie appears to have fixed the issues that were plaguing the game earlier in the day.

Bungie's approach to seasons is to roll out self-contained stories to progress the Destiny universe, and this one is no different. The previous season, called Season of the Chosen, focused on a confrontation between the remnants of the Cabal and Guardians. This time, in Season of the Splicer, you're tasked with taking the fight back to the Vex. The Vex have approached the Last City and have cast the Earth into a simulation that has a never-ending night; Guardians team up with Mithrax, a Fallen Kell, who teaches new abilities to better resist the incursion.

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The seasonal activity is called Override, which is a six-player cooperative mode that focuses on hacking a Vex simulation. As shown in the video embed above, the Override mode shows off the brand-new aesthetic for this season, which heavily emphasizes neon, cel-shaded objects, and cyberpunk-esque style. Although Destiny certainly has featured bright, techno-futuristic environments in the past, this is still quite a striking aesthetic to see in otherwise familiar in-game locales. In addition, there's a weekly pinnacle mission called Expunge that'll have players trying to collapse the Vex Network from the inside.

The highlight of this season, however, will be the return of the very first Destiny raid, Vault of Glass, that was originally released in Destiny 1 way back in September 2014. You'll be able to experience Vault of Glass again on May 22.

Outside of new game modes and missions, Season of the Splicer also introduces a transmog system called Armor Synthesis. This system lets you turn pieces of armor into ornaments to apply to other pieces of armor, but it's already sparked controversy because of the massive time investment it might take to convert armor to ornaments via the free path.

Finally, Season of the Splicer also adds new weapons and armor as well as a refreshed seasonal rewards track for you to work your way through. As in the past, everyone can earn rewards, but if you buy the season pass, you'll get additional loot. There's also a new slate of seasonal challenges in Season of the Splicer that'll give you a bunch of opportunities to grab gear.

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