Future 2: Past Mild begins a brand new trilogy for the franchise. (Image: Bungie)
Bungie’s Gary Clay speaks to GameCentral about Future 2’s story and the way Past Mild sees the franchise take step one into a brand new trilogy.
Future has at all times gotten some slack for its story parts. It’s not solely unearned both. When the franchise debuted in 2014, it was a far cry from the primary individual shooter campaigns Bungie was identified for. It was lacking connective tissue.
For informal gamers, or gamers that haven’t logged into the sport for just a few years, that could be a stigma that lives with the franchise to at the present time.
Future has come a great distance since then although. A lot of the recreation’s subsequent expansions have had nice campaigns and glorious lore. Be that as it could although, Future has remained a little bit… unfocused.
It’s a universe with pockets of wonderful story however they’re hardly ever tied collectively in-game. Every growth tends to leap from one focus to the subsequent. There was at all times this sense of potential that remained unutilised.
That’s altering with Future 2: Past Mild.
Talking to Bungie’s Director of Platforms and Partnerships, Gary Clay, it’s clear that the developer is starting to focus its narrative efforts. ‘After we completed Shadowkeep, we began planning the subsequent three years of Future. which we introduced throughout our June announcement occasion’, Clay informed GameCentral.
‘We’ve actually put a key concentrate on telling that narrative story throughout that three-year arc.’
Throughout that reveal event in June, Bungie did one thing unprecedented. It revealed its roadmap for the subsequent three years. This yr, Past Mild will hit; in 2021, The Witch Queen is coming; and it’ll spherical out with Lightfall in 2022. Future has by no means been that clear about its future earlier than.
Within the franchise’s previous, expansions have been largely unconnected. Whereas the story content material of most is great, the hyperlinks between them are pretty free. From The Taken King to Rise Of Iron, or Forsaken to Shadowkeep, they’ve all been constructing this world however largely don’t have anything to do with each other bar passing lore.
Past Mild will see gamers utilizing the ability of the Darkness for the primary time. (Image: Bungie)
Bungie speaking in regards to the subsequent three expansions being ‘a trilogy’ is new territory. ‘As you begin to see this subsequent trilogy of expansions, there might be an actual concentrate on tying these free ends collectively’, says Clay.
A kind of free ends is the return of the Exo Stranger, who hasn’t been seen in Future because the first recreation’s preliminary marketing campaign. She has been a dangling thread for years and it seems she’s lastly again to encourage us to embrace the Darkness in Past Mild.
‘We would like gamers to query the gray house between the Mild and Darkish and actually perceive that there’s a lot extra to the universe that we’re going to be telling over the subsequent few years.’
‘It’s bringing some new thrilling narrative that’s going to have gamers questioning what they perceive about Future and the place the world goes.’
Past Mild will see the return of seasonal content material to the sport, giving gamers issues to do all year long. That mannequin was pretty contentious for gamers of Shadowkeep and proved divisive for the neighborhood. It had big highs, like Season of Arrivals’ Prophecy dungeon, in addition to uneven lows like Season of the Worthy’s execution.
It appears that evidently the seasonal content material might be related in Past Mild. ‘Our intent is to have an overarching narrative for the story and for the season to season creating this unimaginable influence on the world’, mentioned Clay.
‘We don’t plan on transferring away from that. We need to lean into these nice storylines that you could expertise as you go all through the seasons.’
‘After we go all the best way again to the aim of the Future journey, we wished to create this evolving world the place there have been significant actions for the gamers. The gamers might influence the sport world. I feel you noticed that within the Shadowkeep yr.’
Past Mild’s first season known as Season of the Hunt and can introduce one of many authentic Taken King’s [Oryx] sisters, Xivu Arath. ‘As we come into Season of the Hunt, you’ll take a look at Xivu Arath and her lieutenants’, says Clay.
‘It’s going to be actually targeted on a brand new gameplay expertise known as Wrathborn Hunts the place you’ll be mainly making a lure after which searching down totally different bosses.’
Season of the Hunt will start every week after Past Mild’s launch on November 17.
Nevertheless, the place Xivu Arath will demand our consideration early on, hiding within the shadow is the actual risk. That is all in service of gearing Guardians for what’s coming in The Witch Queen. Savathun, the opposite sister of Oryx and the present chief of the Taken, has been slowly and quietly constructed up for years. Her time will lastly are available in 2021.
Encouragingly, it seems like a variety of Past Mild’s seasonal content material might be about organising her story. ‘I can lean into this a little bit bit… Savathun is, as we transfer in the direction of the Witch Queen growth – you’ll see her arrange some dominoes over the subsequent yr of Future’, says Clay.
‘And that’s about so far as I can go. However Savathun might be our most important… theme.’
Like earlier growth content material, Shadowkeep’s seasonal tales didn’t really feel all that tied collectively. Whereas the by line of the arrival Pyramid ships was at all times there, it wasn’t at all times the main focus. Savathun having a hand to play in most of what we’re doing over the subsequent yr is a promising improvement.
That is that imaginative and prescient, a transparent roadmap and construction that has felt lacking from Future’s narrative up to now. It’s an thrilling prospect for long-teased followers.
Future 2: Past Mild – a trilogy of tales (pic: Bungie)
Nevertheless, whereas this trilogy ensures Future’s continuation for years to return, there was at all times going to be questions on what comes after. Will Lightfall, the conclusion to this story between the Darkness and the Mild, be the tip of Future?
Clay mentioned: ‘We’re dedicated to Future 2. We wished to make it actually clear in our June announcement that we would like gamers to really feel like they will get as engaged into Future 2 as they need.’
‘What we’re saying is that this subsequent trilogy that we’re coming into is a trilogy of storylines. They’re supposed to construct upon one another to carry us by a story arc.’
‘However no, we now have no plans to cease supporting Future 2’
And thus, with the launch of Past Mild, Future feels primed. After an impromptu dwell occasion final night time noticed worlds plunged into Darkness whereas the Traveller healed, Future has a really clear course. Conflict is right here and Future is upping its stakes, beginning now.
Throughout that dwell occasion, Eris Morn contacted us by our ghosts and summed the sensation up completely.
‘This won’t be the tip. This might be an escalation.’
Future 2: Past Mild is accessible now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X and PC.
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