Destiny 2’s newest season, the Season of the Splicer, begins May 11, and it tasks Guardians with protecting the Last City from the advances of the Vex. The new season runs until Aug. 24, and includes new weapons, new missions, and a trip back to a classic Destiny raid, Bungie revealed on Tuesday.
Season of the Splicer is all about the Vex, who are making direct threats on the Last City, one of the last remaining strongholds of humanity. The Vex have blocked out the sun and thrown the city into endless night. To stop them, Guardians must team up with Mithrax, Kell of the House of Light, to restore sunlight to the city.
As part of the season’s narrative, players will have the chance to hack into a Vex simulation, courtesy of Mithrax, and complete a six-player matchmaking activity called Override, where they’ll need to steal Vex codes and discover their secrets. The season also features a new weekly pinnacle mission called Expunge, where players can attempt to destroy the Vex Network from within.
A couple of weeks into the season, on May 22, players can take on the Vex inside the mysterious Vault of Glass raid. Challenges awaiting players inside the Vault include a battle against Atheon, Time’s Conflux.
The Vault of Glass was the original Destiny’s first raid, and diehard players still hold it in a very special place in their memories. Although the raid will still be recognizable to them, it won’t be a direct port. According to Bungie, the new Vault of Glass is actually an updated version of the raid that’s designed to better fit in with Destiny 2, and the expectations that players have of the current game.
Another new feature in Season of the Splicer is the controversial new Armor Synthesis system, which Bungie revealed last month. Armor Synthesis allows players to customize their Guardian’s looks with a new transmog system. A new season also means a Season Pass, just like previous seasons; Season Pass owners immediately get the new Exotic stasis sidearm Cryosthesia 77K when Season of the Splicer begins.