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Destiny 2: Forsaken’s new Gambit mode sounds like a blast

Players will battle enemies and players in PvPvE combat

Destiny 2: Forsaken - a Guardian shooting enemies in the Gambit mode
A Guardian shooting enemies in Destiny 2: Forsaken’s new Gambit mode.
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In Destiny 2: Forsaken, players will be returning to the Prison of Elders. Destiny’s House of Wolves expansion — which also took place in the mysterious Reef — first let players dive into the Prison of Elders for loot and glory. In Forsaken, the game’s September expansion, the Prison of Elders looks to be making a return as the home of Gambit, a new cooperative and competitive mode for Destiny 2.

In the Forsaken reveal stream, Bungie unveiled Gambit, a new PvPvE mode. Players start the mode being dropped into an area that looks very similar to the Prison of Elders. Across from them is another team of Guardians — real players out there in the world of Destiny.

When the match begins, each team will be deposited into its own arena, where it will work together to slay enemies and collect Motes. Somewhere in the arena is a bank, where Guardians can deposit Motes to make progress.

When you bank Motes in your arena, you create a new obstacle for your opponents, making their experience more difficult. At certain times, a team can choose to invade the other arena, sending over a single player who can actually kill the opposing Guardians and slow their progress.

Gambit seems to be a race. The faster you kill your enemies, the faster you can fill up your bank and summon the final boss. The first team to summon and kill their arena’s final boss will win Gambit and, presumably, reap the best rewards.

That’s all we know about Gambit so far, but attendees at E3 and GuardianCon this year will be able to get their hands on the mode before it debuts in Forsaken. The expansion is set to launch Sept. 4 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. For more, see below for a 60-second version of Bungie’s developer diary revealing Forsaken.

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