When Destiny 2's Beyond Light expansion launches later this year, the game will be shedding a lot of its content—a controversial move for the live service shooter as it moves ahead with plans for long-term development. At the same time, it'll also be gaining something that Destiny hasn't seen since the release of the first game in 2014: a new element, borne of the Darkness, that will grant each Guardian class a new set of powers.
In a new trailer released as part of Gamescom 2020's Opening Night Live event, Bungie gives us our best look at the new Stasis subclasses yet. Bathed in shimmering black and blue crystals, Stasis certainly looks a lot different from Destiny's established trio of Void, Solar, and Arc derived powers.
Functionally, it looks like Stasis may as well be thought of as a new ice power for Destiny. Maybe that characterization isn't quite lore-compatible, but what could be colder than pure, inky Darkness from space? In any case, you'll be using Stasis to slow enemies, freeze them in their tracks, and even shatter them to bits.
Now, we've also got names for the three Stasis subclasses for each type of Guardian out there: Warlocks are Shadebinders, Hunters will become Revenants, and Titans can unlock the powers of the Behemoth, an appropriately beefy sounding subclass. Bungie promises it will release more details on each new subclass starting next week with Warlocks on September 1, Titans on September 3, and Hunters on September 8.
Seeing Beyond Light push Destiny 2 toward the Darkness that's been teased and talked around since the beginning of the first game is exciting, and it's interesting to see Bungie take it there with both the narrative and these gameplay additions, but it remains to be seen if these moves will come close to making up for what's being lost. A whole lot of Destiny 2 content, including New Light's current free-to-play story missions, is going into the vault when Beyond Light launches—you have until November 10 to play catch-up or just to enjoy that favorite Strike or Raid moment before Guardians have to bid it farewell.