Naturally, whenever I think I’m finished with my Destiny 2 article for the day, that’s when new information arrives. We did not have to wait for the TWAB to hear details about Solstice of Heroes 2020, as a new information page with a trailer has hit the internet.
The long and short of it? It sounds almost identical to last year’s Solstice. The EAZ is returning, kill bosses, race around opening chests, the loop seems more or less the same. If anything has changed, it’s not listed in this info dump or shown off in the trailer.
What is different, however, is the armor, and this is where things get a little confusing.
One section of the page has this listed:
Okay, so you earn armor and upgrade it like past years, and then at “Majestic” level it starts to glow.
But what’s Eververse selling? That’s this section:
Okay so wait, rather than bother with earning the armor, you can just…buy it as a cosmetic ornament, and then pay for a glow? What’s the deal here?
What I think is happening here is the following:
You will be able to earn at least one set of armor, and it will go through the normal “upgrade” process as you complete in-game requirements.
I do not know if you will be able to farm additional stat rolls of this armor, but that seems like an oversight from last season that should be fixed (new rolls from treasure chests, anyone)? This is not stated outright, however.
The glow you “earn” from Majestic level is just plain white.
And what Eververse is doing is essentially…having you pay for transmog, to turn this new set into a cosmetic ornament. Eververse is also selling a different kind of glow, one that changes based on your subclass, different than the earned white one. I am not clear on if this glow is sold separately and can be applied to other armor (I would not imagine so) or if it’s included as part of the ornament set. I think its included, and just for this ornament.
This…kind of sucks? I don’t love it, if I am understanding it correctly. Having the set just be an ornament kind of negates the point of farming for it at all, as why bother when you can reskin your already high-stat armor to look like it at any time, and with a better glow to boot? I don’t know what the motivation would be for farming a new set other than avoiding giving Eververse money (at the cost of less flexibility, since it’s not an ornament, and who knows what its stats will be). This does not seem like a good solution to the armor problems of the past.
I get that Bungie didn’t sell Eververse armor this season (they put it in the dungeon), but I would have maybe sold the last two years of Solstice sets as ornaments, and allowed this year’s set and glows to be earned as ornaments when you hit the max level.
So yeah, not thrilled about this. We’ll see if more is clarified in the TWAB.
Update: Okay at the very least, you have to earn the armor set first before you can buy the ornaments in Eververse. Still feels…weird.