While Destiny 2 has made it clear that it will no longer be vaulting full expansions going forward, like they just did with the Forsaken campaign, which was disappeared when The Witch Queen dropped, the game still is going to lose something when Lightfall hits.
Namely, the seasonal content that arrived this year, but maybe not all of it. We have seen Bungie throw out a life raft before, and that may happen again this time. But it’s going to be a mixed bag, and I still think we’re going to lose some important things.
Should Stay, Will Go – Derelict Leviathan – In a perfect world, the Derelict Leviathan would stay, and Bungie could eventually use it, and all its returned areas, to bring back the vaulted Leviathan raid which was shelved in the first round of content vaulting. But given all the changes made to the ship, and some areas that are still missing, it would likely be more work than it sounds. And it’s already been confirmed that despite being a full zone, the Derelict Leviathan is considered seasonal content and will be vaulted. For the second time.
Should Stay, Will Stay – Battlegrounds – This has not yet been confirmed by Bungie, but with the game barely adding new strikes, and still having deleted more than they’ve given back, it would make sense to do what they did last year and keep the battlegrounds they added in year 5, putting them in the Vanguard playlist. They’re much better than many actual strikes because of how Bungie now handles enemy density. So this would be PsiOps battlegrounds from Chosen and Heist Battlegrounds from Seraph. Neither of which are in locations that are disappearing, and would just require some modifications (no champions in Heists, for instance). I have to believe Bungie will keep these around. If I had to only pick one cluster, I’d say the new Heists.
Should Go, Will Go – All Of Plunder – It wasn’t the best season overall, and there’s just no reason to think that Plunder’s Ketchcrash or Expeditions will stay around. Expeditions, despite being in existing areas, are not strike equivalent. Ketchcrash is its own, sprawling zone that will need to be deleted to save space.
Should Stay, Will Go – Operation Seraph’s Shield – As much as I hate to say it, we seem to be heading toward the inevitable vaulting of once again, one of Destiny 2’s best missions, Operation’s Seraph’s Shield. There may be an actual story reason for this (no spoilers), but I don’t care. Like Zero Hour and Presage before it, I firmly believe a mission like this should be put inside Destiny 2’s “Legends” list and remain playable. But Bungie has given no indication they’re doing that for this, nor any of the other vaulted exotic missions, no matter how good they were.
Should Go, Will Hopefully Go – The HELM – Look, the HELM was a pretty good idea as a place for rotating seasonal vendors and a unique instance for players to load into quickly, but I think it’s time to let it go after two years. I’m okay with some sort of new HELM-like base that does the same thing, but I do feel like it’s time to let go of this specific location as a third year feels a bit too copy and paste at this point.
Needs To Return – More vaulted Crucible maps, the two vaulted Gambit maps – There’s little excuse for these not to be reinserted into the game, and Gambit especially has felt positively anemic after losing two of its six maps and never having them be replaced. Lord knows truly new ones would be great, but I suppose we can only ask for so much.
Should Stay, Will Stay – All Other Locations – I do not believe that Bungie is going to do something drastic with Lightfall like vaulting the EDZ, Nessus or the Cosmodrome, however story irrelevant they may be right now. I would be shocked if they did something that drastic after all the pushback we’ve seen with vaulting so far. Ideally we’d get the rest of Mars and the other zones back, but I’d settle for just not losing any more.
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