October is in full swing now; this means that Rare Scares is in full effect here at Virtual Bastion and Festival of the Lost has finally returned to the world of Destiny. Since Destiny 2 only just launched last year, Bungie decided to skip the event, and considering all the cruddiness and controversy surrounding the game at the time, it was probably for the best. All that said, it’s back now and hopefully is better than ever.
This year’s festival of the lost brings with it all the masks and extra cosmetics that’ve defined the event since it’s very first iteration back in 2015, but this time the emphasis appears to be on the extra playable content accompanying the new loot.
The Infinite Forest has been transformed into the “Haunted Forest,” and this transformation has prompted a quest for your guardian to dive into its dark heart and find what exactly has prompted this change. Along the way, players will be able to fulfill new bounties, strive toward new triumphs, and hopefully earn the new “Horror Story” auto rifle. This isn’t a throwaway weapon either, as it drops at 600 Power and comes fully masterworked with the Zen Moment and Rampage perks. It’s pretty much the perfect weapon for those who enjoy the PvE side of the game.
In addition to this, it looks as though Bungie has finally learned that people don’t appreciate getting nickeled and dimed when it comes to seasonal loot. While the temptation to give in and buy extra bright engrams will most certainly still be there, those that just want to earn as they play will enjoy getting double the normal amount of earned engrams for the duration of the event. It’s not perfect, but at least it’s a nice compromise.
Bungie has done a lot right with Destiny 2 since the Forsaken expansion launched last month, so hopefully this Festival of the Lost continues that trend while it’s in effect from now until November 6.