Destiny 2 Season 17 start date
Season of the Risen will run until May 24, meaning we’re some way off of the new season yet.
Still, Season 17 will drop on that day at weekly reset, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to level up your Season Pass and Seasonal Artifact.
Season of the Risen added two classic Destiny 1 maps to the Crucible rotation in Vostok and Eternity, but a new map is arriving in Season 17 according to Game Director Joe Blackburn.
Interestingly, he notes the new environments — could we see a PvP map set on Savathun’s Throne World?
Gambit saw sizeable changes in Season of the Risen, but it’s Trials of Osiris’ turn in Season 17.
Destiny 2’s top-tier PvP mode has seen plenty of tweaks in recent months, but Bungie mentioned that it’ll get some changes in Season 17 in a pre-Witch Queen blog post.
“Fear not, Trials fans, while our main focus for Season 16 is Gambit, we still have some fun changes planned,” the post reads. Here are the changes mentioned so far:
- Capture Zone and Freelance weekends will continue.
- Seven maps per season in the rotation, one of which will be decided by player vote.
- Adept reward changes.
The Witch Queen added a new weapon crafting system, but players have found their creativity curtailed by material caps and a large number of required elements.
Bungie is patching the first issue as part of Season of the Risen, but Season 17 will see all elements except for Neutral ones be removed. Bungie has said the idea is to make weapon crafting simpler, and is also looking to change how Patterns are earned — but wouldn’t give any further details.
We don’t know what new weapons will be added in Season 17, but we’re expecting a new seasonal exotic.
The last few seasonal exotics have been pretty wild, ranging from the Cryosthesia being our first Stasis sidearm to the Grand Overture that’s a machine gun/rocket launcher hybrid.
- Read more: All Destiny 2 Witch Queen exotics
We’ll update this when we hear more.
Sandbox Lead Kevin Yanes has suggested that many of the Synaptic Spear moves and attacks found in Season of the Risen are actually a testing ground for Arc 3.0.
We know Destiny’s Arc and Solar classes will be overhauled to match Stasis and Void 3.0 in the coming months, but we don’t know which one will arrive first.
Bungie has previously suggested Arc 3.0 will be tied to speedy attacks and AoE (think chain lightning), while Solar 3.0 will feature healing effects as well as burning.
Season of the Risen is focused on continuing our offensive against the Lucent Hive, even after Savathun is defeated at the end of the Witch Queen campaign.
It seems unlikely we’ll continue to fight alongside Caiatl’s Cabal forces in the next season as well, but one theory seems to suggest Rasputin could make a return.
The AI hasn’t been seen since the pre-Forsaken Warmind expansion, and his loyalties are tough to decipher — he’s just as likely to help Guardians as he is to nuke them from orbit.
As noted by Forbes’ Paul Tassi, it appears Rasputin could be given an Exo body and a new name: Archangel. Is it time for a reunion?
Season 17 will continue with the Season Pass model, meaning you can buy in for around £10 per season.
If you have Witch Queen’s Deluxe Edition, you’re already covered for Season 17, 18, and 19.
Could it be time for Destiny 2 to move to a subscription model?