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Why We’re Getting Excited for Destiny 2’s New Expansion: Warmind

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OK, confession time. I’ll say it right out: I put down Destiny 2 just before finishing the last mission and didn’t really think much about it… until now. Bungie has quietly released their newest expansion to Destiny 2 called Warmind which allows you to follow the story of Ana Bray, a Guardian who went missing while investigating a weapon of unimaginable destruction: the Warmind, Rasputin.

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Ok, let’s roll this back a second. What’s a Warmind you ask? Well, its a super-powerful artificial-intelligence that was designed to create wartime strategies. This sounds like something the guardians could really use on their side in the fight against the Darkness (You know, that evil alien force that influences all the baddies in Destiny 2). There’s one big problem, Rasputin is hidden away within the thawing glaciers of Mars which are teeming with those horrifying bug-monsters called the Hive. With this expansion, players are challenged with helping Ana gain access to Rasputin and perhaps killing off a giant worm-god (I so wish the Hive could worship something nice for a change, like how about a butterfly? That’d be nice).

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The campaign may be short (running you about 2 hours in total), but Warmind packs in a lot of new content to check out including the polar ice caps of Mars, new weapons, strikes, a raid lair, and a new ritual activity called the Escalation Protocol, which sounds bonkers hard. The Escalation Protocol is a new horde mode where attacking enemies grow in strength with every subsequent wave. You’ll need to survive seven waves, each with four rounds of tough enemies including an even tougher boss. This sounds like it is going to be just as formidable as a raid.

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Speaking of raids, the Spire of Stars, is one of the toughest yet; recommending a power level of 370 while most folks haven’t even reached 340 yet. Clan Redeem, the first team to actually complete the Spire of Stars, were geared-up and ready to go, but still ended up suffering 598 deaths before they won! I foresee a lot of grinding in my future…

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With all this plus the last expansion still awaiting me, the call of the light has never been stronger. As Byron Beede, executive vice president and general manager for Destiny at Activision points out, “We are excited about the future of the Destiny franchise. Together, as partners with Bungie, we have taken various steps to create a dialogue between those who make the game, and those who play. Warmind represents another step toward bringing the Destiny 2 hobby back to our dedicated players.” If you’ve never played Destiny 2 or have fallen off the wagon as I have, now is a perfect time to strap in and become one of the guardians (of Earth. Not the whole Galaxy. We have another franchise for that)!

What part of Warmind has you excited to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for Gameosity.com and produces the Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter as @miniktty.

Image Credits: Bungie

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