The original Destiny wasn't around for very long when it became clear that its most dedicated players—those who dominate multiplayer, run strikes ad nauseum, and who try to be the first to finish raids—would likely build characters in each class. Still, the Warlock-Hunter-Titan triangle fuels a fair amount of squabbling, and next week Destiny 2's launching a free event that may or may not help settle things: the Guardian Games.
Combining the pomp and circumstance of the Olympics with the looting and headshot popping loops of Destiny, the Guardian Games will last from April 21 to May 11. Every day, Eva Levante and Titan Vanguard Zavala will offer daily challenges to the three different Destiny character classes. Players can rack up points for their given class, which will then be logged on a leaderboard in the Tower social space.
It's not clear what these challenges will entail or just how the class that ultimately prevails will be rewarded (showering about a third of players with something exclusive might be a bit too divisive), but regardless it looks like there'll be loot to earn. On top of Games-themed cosmetics like Ghost shells, Sparrows, ships, and class items, there's a fancy new Exotic machine gun called the Heir Apparent that looks like it rips through crowds of enemies with ease.
Bungie's past experiments with sports-inspired events in Destiny have gotten something of a mixed reception—people probably enjoy bouncing the oversized soccer ball around in social spaces more than they enjoyed the Sparrow Racing League. Still, it'd be neat to see some non-combat challenges included in the Guardian Games. Destiny's platforming is competent enough to allow for some Ninja Warrior-esque antics.
The Guardian Games are part of Destiny 2's current Season of the Worthy offerings, but again, the event will be free-to-all, including players who've only hopped on for Destiny 2: New Light and haven't yet gotten into Shadowkeep or the season pass-exclusive content.
The current approach to seasonal content for Destiny 2 is still relatively new, and with Bungie currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it'll be worth keeping a close eye on the game to see how its live service and updates adapt. Right now, Bungie is also putting on a fundraiser for Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization that's providing aid during the outbreak. A donation of $20 or more through Bungie's fundraising page will grant Destiny 2 players an exclusive emblem in Direct Relief's colors.