Destiny 2 New Light is Proof That Destiny Nostalgia is Already a Thing

Destiny 2 New Light is Proof That Destiny Nostalgia is Already a Thing

The Cosmodrome is back, and then it's off to the Tower with you.

There's no Peter Dinklage and the foliage looks a bit greener, but otherwise the first mission that the free-to-play version of Destiny 2 will throw at new players is a near-exact replica of the first mission from 2014's Destiny.

Starting on October 1 with the release of Shadowkeep, Destiny 2: New Light will make the looter shooter's Year 1 content and a smattering of other modes free-to-play while adding a new take on the old Destiny intro. As IGN's video showing off the first 25 minutes of a New Light playthrough reveals, Bungie has included a very faithful version of the original Destiny's introductory level. It begins with a Ghost (voiced by Nolan North, sorry Dinklebot fans) reviving the player's long-dead Guardian near the ruins of a Russian Cosmodrome. On the other hand, Destiny 2's previous opening mission "Homecoming" starts with an all-out Cabal assault on the Tower that only makes sense if you know what happens in Destiny and its expansions.

Bungie said it would bring back the Cosmodrome when it announced New Light, but now we can see just how close it is to the original. Some of the environments and assets appear to have been updated, but the majority of the intro mission is the same is it was in Destiny 1. You still grab a Khvostov assault rifle and proceed to mow down hordes of Fallen (lore fiends will notice they're now aligned with the House of Dusk, not House of Devils) before finding a functioning ship that can get you to the Guardians' Tower.

It looks like the New Light onboarding process doesn't stop there, as the next available quests don't go right into Destiny 2's Red War campaign. Bungie has indicated that all the story missions from Year 1 of Destiny 2 will be free, so new players may yet revisit the time when the Tower was assaulted.

This isn't the first time Destiny 2 has let players glimpse the Cosmodrome in Destiny 2. A mission from earlier this year had players go back to where it all began as part of solving a murder mystery (and to earn an Exotic gun). Perhaps this won't be the last players see of the Cosmodrome, either. The Rise of Iron expansion for the original Destiny added an Exotic quest line tied to the Khvostov rifle—now that the weapon's back in Destiny 2's pool of loot, maybe Bungie will go for yet another nostalgic Exotic weapon quest.

For more on what Destiny 2: New Light has to offer, check out our New Light guide and our previous guides to the Destiny 2 content it includes.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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