Game developers love Halloween and it’s not just Blizzard getting in on the mix with their latest updates for Overwatch but in the same vein, Bungie and Activision are putting some work into Destiny 2 with their annual event Festival of the Lost.
Starting on October 16th through to November 6th, Bungie‘s Festival of the Lost is “a celebration of lost heroes and a new challenge to tackle. It includes a costume party, and you’re all invited and it ends with a quest to solve a murder.”
Over on the official Bungie website, there’s a brief update on the festival:
“I’ll be damned if we’re gonna sit around and mope all day—Cayde woulda hated that. So let’s have some fun, huh? Put on this mask, and go show the bad guys they can’t keep us down.” —Amanda Holliday
For Guardians, death is usually a temporary condition, no more dangerous than a splinter and forgotten just as quickly. Even after Eva Levante first brought the City’s traditions to the Tower with Festival of the Lost, it was less a time for remembrance and more of an irreverent celebration. The last year has changed everything. The Red Legion razed the Last City. Countless Guardians were lost. Despite victories on Mercury and Mars, morale in the Tower is low after the fall of a legend: Cayde-6. This year, death has not passed us by. It has come to stay.
More than ever, it’s important to remember loved ones who have fallen and to celebrate the fact that we have lived to fight on in their honour.
The event will see an overhaul of the Tower, which will be filled with decorations and memorials for those who fell to the Red Legion. The decorations are pretty Engram-heavy.
It’s not all about being sombre about the fallen ones; it’s also about earning some cool loot along the way as well, which includes daily bounties offered up from Amanda Holliday that will earn you some Fragmented Souls for your troubles. You use them to purchase masks and items, such as the Horror Story Legendary Auto Rifle.
Some of the masks available during this time include designs and liveries that feature spooky Halloween-themed monster expressions and designs. New Ephemeral Engrams will be handed out as well, along with new rewards featured on the Bright Dust store.
This year the Festival of the Lost will also include the new Haunted Forest, where you and your buddies can team up to take on various forms of evil, such as ghosts, ghouls, the undead and demons. The Haunted Forest is a limited and timed mission where you’ll have just 15 minutes to clear out the enemies and reap some rewards. The deeper you go, the more difficult it is, according to Bungie. It’s a matchmade event – so even if you are playing solo, there are others you can join.
There is a quest that has players solve the mystery behind Master Ives’ murder (the Reef Cryptarch). fter visiting his vigil, you can then start a quest line that will see you travelling about in order to hunt down the person (or people) responsible for offing Ives. Doing so will also net you a neat little reward for your efforts in the form of a new item. What’s kind of cool is that there will be new rewards for completing the quest each week.
This specific event won’t begin until Tuesday, October 30th.