When Bungie revealed its content roadmap for Destiny 2 over the next few months, many players noticed that the Eater of Worlds Prestige difficulty wasn’t launching until May. Typically, the Prestige (or Heroic in Destiny 1) version released about a month after the Normal version of the raid, but Bungie was apparently doing something different. Today, we know what that something different is.
In their weekly blog post, Bungie detailed the changes to Destiny 2 Prestige Raids and they are substantial. Rather than bump up the difficulty through tougher enemies and slightly different mechanics, Bungie will be challenging players through loadouts and modifiers.
Loadouts are exactly what they sound like; players will have to enter the encounter using a specific weapon class for each of the three slots. There is freedom to choose any weapon from within the required class, but if a Hand Cannon is required in the kinetic slot that’s all the player can use.
On the surface, this sounds like a unique way to introduce challenge to the Destiny 2 raids and force players to rethink their strategies at the same time. Usually, players run a bunch of tests to determine the optimum DPS and loadout for each raid encounter and they very rarely deviate from that. Now they will have to each week if they want Prestige rewards.
On top of the loadouts, Prestige Raids will also include a random modifier that will give players a unique boost. Unlike the modifiers in a Nightfall Strike, all of the Prestige Raid modifiers seem to benefit the player, like giving them increased precision or melee damage.
While the focus of these changes will be on the Raid Lairs (Eater of Worlds and whatever comes with the May DLC), Bungie says they will also impact Leviathan proper as well. However, Leviathan also has added Prestige difficulty mechanics as well, so be prepared for double the challenge when the update releases.
The real question, though, is whether the rewards will be worth the effort. Prestige activities in Destiny 2 have not offered the same incentives that Heroic did in Destiny 1, but that could change come May when these changes go into effect. Bungie still has plenty of time to figure that side of things out.
Destiny 2 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.