Bungie takes another stab at an opportunity to entice Destiny 2 players to dust off their copies this month for the Crimson Days event.
The in-game seasonal event was previously featured in the original game to celebrate Valentine's Day. Veteran Destiny players will see familiar game modes like the 2-on-2 Clash matches, the return of another classic PVP map, and a bunch of new cosmetic prizes to collect. All of these, along with a supposedly improved reward system, will encourage gamers to grind for loot.
A Day Marked In Red
According to the game's official website, the seasonal event will launch on Feb. 13 and just like other featured events, it will run for a week. The most recent one was the Iron Banner, which just ended this week.
This time, Bungie wants fans to know that it listened to feedback and made big changes compared to last year's The Dawning celebration. The developers reveal that Crimson Engrams, the in-game event's exclusive loot, won't have duplicates until players have earned everything. Furthermore, their players can continue to earn these Engrams without a cap, unlike last time.
Grab a partner or show up stag. Crimson Days is coming to Destiny 2. https://t.co/2Dd20zRnbO pic.twitter.com/OQx9G3Xyu6 — Bungie (@Bungie) February 7, 2018
"The best way to earn rewards during Crimson Days is to compete in the Crimson Days Crucible playlist, and we've tuned the experience to focus on rewarding single-character play," explained Bungie. "Most rewards are found within a new Crimson Engram, with all contents on a 'knock-out' list, preventing you from receiving duplicate items until you've earned all of the new gear."
Special Rewards For Completion And A New Map
It seems like Bungie really hopes to redeem itself this Valentine's Day through special rewards for active participation. Certain actions performed by Destiny 2 players can earn exclusive seasonal event prizes. The requirements on how to earn these items are all detailed by the game's website.
To earn the Tirastrella Ghost Shell and Crimson Days Emblem, Guardians must finish Crimson Day Crucible matches to complete the "Welcome to Crimson Days" milestone. These can be claimed directly from Lord Shaxx.
Completion of the Raid Lair: Eater of Worlds or the Leviathan Raid will reward the Wardcliff Coil Exotic Ornament, Dieselpunk, which players receive from the final chest.
A new PVP map called The Burnout, which is a remake of the classic Burning Shrine map from the first Destiny game, will also be included in the update. It will presumably become part of the regular map rotation in the Crucible.
The Undeterred Exotic Sparrow will be randomly awarded in the Crimson Days Crucible playlist as well.
Lastly, Guardians who love to dance can take on the weekly Nightfall Strike during the seasonal celebration of the Flaunting Dance Emote.
It appears that Bungie is genuinely concerned about its declining player base for Destiny 2. Nevertheless, the changes detailed for their Crimson Days Valentine's Day event seems like a step in the right direction.