What is going to the following set of powers granted to us by the Darkness be? Based mostly on this leak: Pink. (Picture credit score: Bungie)

I do not usually cowl Future 2 leaks, however the timing of the most recent one is so suspicious that I believe it is value a glance. Yesterday, a redditor posted a brief video to r/Destiny2Leaks that confirmed a guardian beaming into the H.E.L.M. social house. What’s outstanding concerning the clip is that on the two-second mark we see a number of frames of UI that show a very new tremendous icon. The UI additionally makes use of a crimson colourway not presently discovered within the game, main just about anybody who watched it to invest that this is likely to be a glimpse of the game’s subsequent subclass. 

The unique poster claimed to have been despatched the clip by a good friend (lol, lmao) and has since deleted each their account and the video. You’ll be able to nonetheless watch it for your self right here:

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Now, very clearly, this might all be the work of a spoofer with above common Adobe Premiere abilities. However Future 2 isn’t any stranger to substantial leaks, and there are few different causes to suppose it is likely to be the actual factor.

1: Nearly precisely the identical factor occurred final yr

The timing is eerily much like a leak from August 2022 that additionally revealed a brand new subclass. A clip appeared on-line—once more, apparently from a dev construct—that confirmed green UI components and three melee expenses, neither of which existed in-game on the time. Gamers speculated that this should be the following Darkness subclass, and that it might be themed round poison. They had been right on the primary rely, and what ultimately grew to become the Strand subclass did have three melee expenses on Titan and Warlock.

2: We’re about to get new data on the following growth

Bungie is internet hosting a Future 2 livestream showcase on August 22 at which it’s going to reveal extra particulars about subsequent yr’s The Remaining Form growth, which is about to tie up the Gentle and Darkish saga that has been working for nearly 10 years. The game presently options three Gentle subclasses (Photo voltaic, Arc and Void) and two Darkish ones (Stasis and Strand). The expectation has all the time been {that a} third Darkness class would arrive sooner or later, partly for causes of symmetry, but in addition as a result of having a brand new toybox is an efficient solution to promote an growth. Talking of which…

3: It might swimsuit Bungie to alter the topic

The neighborhood is presently in considered one of its significantly febrile states of disgruntlement. (As a colleague of mine famous earlier: “When is not it?”) Complaints about grasping microtransactions, the seasonal mannequin getting stale, PVP gamers feeling deserted, and Lightfall dropping the narrative ball have coalesced right into a sort of superstorm of complaints. On condition that backdrop, it is maybe not too cynical to suppose that it’d swimsuit Bungie to offer everybody one thing extra enjoyable to speak about, and a model new subclass is simply that. 

All that in thoughts, I am keen to a minimum of give this sufficient credence to say the leak may very well be actual, and I would not be in any respect shocked if it was some form of guerilla advertising and marketing psy-op. For those who’re concerned with pure hypothesis, I additionally would not be shocked if Bungie publicizes that The Remaining Form will likely be popping out slightly later than anticipated. Given the intensive travails of Lightfall, which launched late February final yr, I believe the studio will wish to do the whole lot it could possibly to stay the touchdown of its grand finale, which can imply taking some further growth time. Once more, simply my prediction, however keep in mind where you heard it first.

Elsewhere in Future 2, the seasonal Solstice occasion went dwell final week, and given the general temper music across the game I do not get the sense it should be a roaring success. Extra positively, the most recent patch, which additionally dropped this week, got here with a whopping 67% injury buff for Graviton Lance towards minor enemies. This OG unique pulse rifle now turns waves of enemies into fizzing purple mist like an elephant at a grape-stomping session. I have been working it with Nezarec’s Sin on Warlock and Gyrfalcon’s Hauberk on Hunter. That is Future 2 for you: Nevertheless unhealthy the whole lot else will get, these weapons nonetheless really feel sensational.