Content Vaulting Is A Growing Problem As Destiny Keeps Its Story-Centered Focus: It’s time for my yearly denunciation of content vaulting with the arrival of Destiny 2’s upcoming expansion, Lightfall. When Beyond Light was released two years ago, Bungie developed the Destiny Content Vault, a blank space where paid-for campaigns and expansions vanished for an indefinite period of time, occasionally never to be seen again.
In order to control file sizes, load times, and development timetables, Bungie has portrayed the DCV as a necessary evil. While I can see the particularly challenging situation Destiny is in, I will never agree to the elimination of purchased content.
The first vaulting is still considered to be the worst because it completely eliminated the original Red War campaign, both seasons of Year 1, and over half of the patrol zones. Last year, Bungie eliminated the Tangled Shore and the Forsaken storyline, which many still regard as Destiny 2’s best, yet they were able to leave the Dreaming City alone. To their credit, Bungie did say that going forward, expansions won’t be faulted.
It won’t be rotating out when Lightfall begins since the company wants everyone to be able to play the entire Light & Darkness Saga, which clearly begins with Shadowkeep.
However, that does not imply that no vaults are being attempted. Although Bungie hasn’t stated anything, we may anticipate that at the beginning of Lightfall, some content will be removed.
Since they are not essential to the Shadowkeep, Beyond Light, or The Witch Queen campaigns, patrol zones like the Cosmodrome and EDZ might be eliminated to make place for the additional planets and activities that will be included in the upcoming expansion. We can be quite positive that all of The Witch Queen’s seasonal content will be removed, even if Bungie doesn’t vault those areas.
In particular, the plot of Season of the Risen and its PsiOps Battlegrounds, the plot of Season of the Haunted and its abandoned Leviathan patrol zone, the plot of Season of Plunder and its Ketchcrash activity, and the plot of Season of the Seraph and its Heist Battlegrounds and Operation Seraph Shield exotic quest are all expected to rotate out as seasonal content always has.
The Witch Queen’s seasonal tales are more closely connected to the main plot than any expansion before it, which is unusual for us to take into account while talking about the content vault. No one should feel at ease losing this content.
Because seasonal content has always been a passing fad, I believe players are more adaptable to it. However, the need to present a more continuous, interconnected story between seasons has made seasons feel much more significant. Big, significant events no longer only occur in expansions, and vaulting this content removes entire chapters from the narrative.
The results of this have already been observed. The four seasons of Beyond Light and the Presage exotic quest were vaulted, removing crucial details concerning Calus’ search into the Darkness.
Anyone who didn’t play Beyond Light when it was brand new will be missing that context when Calus makes a cameo appearance in this year’s Season of the Haunted, and everyone else will still be left in the dark. Another section of Calus’ narrative will end with Season of the Haunted in February.
Because nearly all of Crow’s tale has been portrayed through seasonal plotlines, many of which are no longer available, he is a particularly significant victim of seasonal vaulting.
Despite their alleged significance to the ongoing narrative, plot points from Destiny such as Zavala’s crisis of faith, Lord Saladin’s transformation into Valus Forge, and the budding alliance between the Guardians, the Eliksni, and the Cabal will all be prematurely removed.
Due to its focus on cohesive, episodic storytelling, The Witch Queen has been Destiny 2’s greatest addition. While I respect Bungie’s stance, I don’t believe any of these storylines can be viewed as acceptable losses. Shelving these side plots would compromise the priority of maintaining the authenticity of the Light & Dark Saga.