Destiny 2's Iron Banner Event Has a Cool Overwatch Easter Egg

Destiny 2's Iron Banner Event Has a Cool Overwatch Easter Egg

Die, die, die.

Yes, yes, Destiny 2 did just finish its Faction Rallies, where the space-goth team Dead Orbit prevailed against their foes. This week, a new competition has kicked off with the familiar Iron Banner, a competition confined to its PvP mode the Crucible. Buried deep in Iron Banner is a clever little easter egg, one that will be familiar for Overwatch fans.

The Iron Banner competition is narrated by the Iron Lord Saladin, who is voiced by Keith Ferguson. Ferguson lends his vocals to another character known to games—Overwatch's grim former-hero Reaper. Reaper's bleak outlook has always felt half-catering to that actual crowd while also feeling like it's all delivered with a wink and a nudge, as if its tongue-in-cheek sprays are too eye-rollingly try-hard to be legit. To coincide with Reaper's oppressive aura, when he uses his Ultimate ability of twirling around with his ever-disposable revolvers, he says, "Die, die, die!"

In Destiny 2's Iron Banner, Ferguson resurfaces the familiar phrase. After a player is able to get 20 kills in Iron Banner without dying a single time, Ferguson's Saladin breaks character for a moment in his narration, saying, "Die, die, die" in a very, very Reaper-like fashion, before coughing and asking for water, jokingly covering up the slip-up. Below you'll find a video capture of the moment from YouTube user Wayne Ng, as pointed out by our friends at Eurogamer.

The Easter Egg is likely a nod to Blizzard's sorta-partnership with Bungie, given they're both under the same publisher Activision. When Destiny 2 launches on PC later this month, it'll be available through Blizzard's own Battle.net launcher, roosting itself alongside other Blizzard properties like Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and yes, Overwatch.

Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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