While Season of the Lost is still on hiatus, Destiny 2’s players have been waiting for the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. Not only is it a celebration of the developer’s long history in the industry, it is a much needed shot in the arm for the playerbase desperate for new content. But while a lot of these new activities are fun, nostalgic, and well presented, it can’t fully shake the feeling of the game just jogging in place.
Destiny 2 Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack – Dares of Eternity
First, we will start with the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack’s biggest draw: the new six-player activity Dares of Eternity. This is the content that has been the most meme’d and referenced since this content has gone live. It is not hard to see why. Xur, the enigmatic peddler of exotic weapons who drones on about how his will is not his own, hosts this activity. In fact, the term “host” is quite literal. In an absurd break of character due to the presence of a cosmic space horse (just roll with it), Xur narrates and treats the entire PvE activity like he is the host of a game show, complete with inside jokes and appeals to a nonexistent studio audience.
Somehow, this doesn’t completely break the inherent fiction of Destiny 2’s universe. In fact, this deliberate artifice makes the whole affair feel more entertaining. While a lot of six-man activities have existed in the past, they’re mostly treated with the same pomp and circumstance as the central threat of its respective season. Sundial runs were all about you stopping the Cabal from getting their hands on time-travel technology. Override was framed as a race against the clock from stopping a Vex threat. Dares of Eternity by contrast is just a giant fireworks show complete with wacky power-ups, door prizes, and lightning rounds.
In addition to the usual progression system tied to this activity — bounties, weekly challenges, and so on — the rewards from Xur are wall-to-wall references to prior Bungie games. There is a claymore sword from their RTS, Myth. There is a shotgun and armor set that references the Marathon series. There is even a new grenade launcher that is a shout out to Pathways Into Darkness. But the most recognizable of these easter eggs have to be the multiple weapons that homage the series that cemented Bungie’s name in gaming forever: Halo.
The latter gets particular treatment since it’s the only Bungie series that gets its own new Exotic. It is called Forerunner, and it is the notorious Halo 1 Magnum Pistol in all of its handheld sniping glory.
If there are shortcomings, it’s mostly tied to this being such a blatant case of celebration and indulgence. If you’re a huge fan of any of Bungie’s work, the fan service and winking nods will hit harder. Alternatively, If you are not that versed in Bungie’s history and are starved for new content, then Dares of Eternity and its rewards will provide just that; nothing more and nothing less. Thankfully, all of this above mentioned content is available to all players at no additional cost. On the one hand, this is filler, but on the other hand it’s free, so throw some confetti around and get into the spirit.