Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is Raising the Power Level Floor for All Players

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is Raising the Power Level Floor for All Players

Start at 750, right out of the gate.

It's going to get a little easier to jump into Shadowkeep, for both old and new players. In the second of three "Director's Cut" blog posts, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith says the Power floor is being raised to 750 as part of Shadowkeep and New Light's launch.

This means that not only will all drops be at 750 or higher once the expansion is live, but all items in your inventory and vault will be hiked up to 750 as well. Rather than starting way down at the 10 Power level you'd normally start at if you're just beginning, you can jump right into Shadowkeep content if you want. Smith emphasizes that starting today, you should stop spending currency on boosting up your current items, because they'll get boosted with the update anyways.

Smith notes that over the years, Bungie has gradually shortened the Power climb. Power level is the determining factor of your Guardian's overall strength. In broad strokes, it meters out how much damage you can do, and how much you can receive. It's the big, shiny number that's easy to mark out progress with, especially when organizing for raids or Nightfall events. Over time that climb has become shorter, but with Shadowkeep, Smith says the team is trying something different.

The first is that each season of Destiny 2 will now carry a Seasonal Artifact, which can level up as you play and drop seasonal mods, as well as boost your Power across all your characters. Each season will have a new artifact with new mods, and it will reset the Power bonus of the Artifact. Think almost like a Battle Pass, but more involved in the gameplay.

Shadowkeep will also add pinnacle powerful sources, which will be the only way to earn gear drops that go above power 950 in the forthcoming season of Destiny 2. While all of this looks to even out the playing field, Smith admits that Power is "still imperfect."

"There's real potential in creating more agency for players, figuring out if Power should be prestigious or not, and taking on the challenge of how to keep players relatively close together Season after Season, while still allowing them to make progress," Smith writes.

Shadowkeep and New Light both hit Destiny 2 on October 1, and also look to bring some changes to the way armor works. Additonal forthcoming updates are teased by Smith at the end of the blog. It looks to be a big shake-up for Destiny 2, which is fitting as it's Bungie's first independent expansion, and it hopes to bridge playerbases through features like Cross Save. We'll see how it turns out as we get closer to the expansion's launch.

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Eric Van Allen

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