Bungie revealed particulars on Future 2’s revamped new participant expertise in its Thursday weblog publish.
With Future 2: Shadowkeep, Bungie launched New Gentle, a free-to-play expertise for Future 2. At present, New Gentle solely has one mission, which begins gamers within the Cosmodrome from the unique Future after which takes them as much as the Tower. However as soon as they get there, the sport isn’t precisely nice about telling them what to do subsequent. Bungie is altering that with the upcoming Past Gentle enlargement.
A rebuilt Cosmodrome
With Past Gentle, Bungie is eradicating a bunch of in-game planets and changing them with a brand-new location, Europa, and bringing again an previous location from the unique Future, the Cosmodrome in Outdated Russia. And with the return of the Cosmodrome, Bungie will develop the brand new participant expertise, serving to them perceive how Future works earlier than throwing them into the icon/NPC fest that’s the fashionable Tower.
The Cosmodrome will return like gamers bear in mind it, together with with Spinmetal, the planetary materials from the unique Future — though the Plaguelands space from Future 2: Rise of Iron is “below quarantine” by the Vanguard, and subsequently off-limits. The Cosmodrome will even embody new Future 2 options like Misplaced Sectors.
Beforehand, Bungie talked about that the Cosmodrome will launch in an incomplete state, after which get an replace later this 12 months. This week’s weblog makes no point out of that, except the Plaguelands will turn into obtainable in Season 13 (there isn’t any proof to assist it can).
A brand new information
When new gamers enter this revamped Cosmodrome, they’ll meet up with a brand new NPC Guardian as an alternative of discovering their first ship. This new Guardian is working together with his Fireteam to research some close by Hive, and provides to point out gamers the ropes. His identify is Shaw Han, and he’s a Hunter coated in some (purposely) generic Hunter gear — together with the Younger Ahamkara’s Backbone Unique gauntlets.
Shaw Han will drag gamers by means of the Cosmodrome on a number of missions, every designed to show gamers what Future is, stated Bungie:
As a brand new participant, you’ll spend your first few missions getting acquainted with the state of the world in Future 2. You’ll have [an] alternative to take a number of weapons out for a spin, discover engrams to attempt completely different armor and see our development methods, and have a while to learn to navigate the consumer interface to know quests, bounties, collections, and extra. All of it will occur earlier than you set foot within the Tower.
Even higher, veteran gamers can select to leap into this quest chain for themselves on Nov. 10, to get an concept of what the brand new tutorial is and to expertise the story.
However gamers have already began speculating about Shaw Han, and whether or not he’s a personality that Guardians are already conversant in.
Who’s Shaw Han?
There’s a main principle on Twitter proper now that Shaw Han is definitely Uldren Sov, the prince of the Awoken, who killed Cayde-6 again in Forsaken and died earlier than a Ghost, Pulled Pork, resurrected him. All of that occurred in 2018, with the Forsaken enlargement, and we haven’t seen Uldren since. However we did hear about him by way of some lore from final 12 months’s Dawning vacation occasion.
The Amnesia-S2 lore doesn’t point out Uldren by identify, however we all know it’s him primarily based on the outline of his Ghost and the way in which folks react to him. When Guardians get up after demise, they bear in mind nothing about who they had been throughout their first life, however they nonetheless look the identical. So whereas Uldren doesn’t know he’s liable for the demise of one of the crucial beloved Guardians, different folks acknowledge him and deal with him like rubbish. And so he all the time wears his helmet.
Uldren has been a Guardian for 2 years now, so it’s potential he’s given up on his shy methods and has embraced being a Guardian. Maybe, understanding what it’s prefer to be alone as a brand new Guardian, he decides to take new gamers below his wing and train them the ropes?
Many of the present concept round Uldren being Shaw Han is a whole guess, however there’s another proof to counsel that Uldren is within the Cosmodrome location.
Bungie launched the UI picture above a number of weeks in the past, and it’s a preview of the brand new Triumph display screen in Past Gentle. The eight nodes within the center every symbolize a planet in Past Gentle. The second image from the left, on the highest row, is 2 stacked triangles. For those who have a look at the picture of Uldren from the unique Future, you’ll see the identical image on his chest.
This appears to counsel that we are going to run into Uldren in some unspecified time in the future within the Cosmodrome. And whereas we aren’t certain Uldren is a Hunter, it’s probably, primarily based on his aesthetic and the Vanguard Dare. For those who put two and two collectively, it’s not an enormous leap to counsel that Shaw Han is admittedly Uldren in disguise — or making an attempt to reside his new life, freed from the bags his face carries with it.
All the proof stacks up for Uldren Sov being Shaw Han, however we received’t know for certain till Nov. 10, when New Gentle gamers lastly get the tutorial they deserve in Past Gentle.