Bungie has made it clear that the next time Destiny 2 players play Iron Banner, one of its recurring competitive game modes, it will look different. With Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted, Iron Banner should feel more like an event, and that starts with its frequency.
In the developer’s latest This Week at Bungie post, he reiterated that Iron Banner would take place twice this season, on May 31 and again on July 12, as opposed to the usual three occurrences. Rather than taking place once a month throughout the season, the move reflects Bungie’s intention to “up the ante” behind Iron Banner. To match the grandeur, Valus Forge (formerly Iron Lord Saladin) will now be in the foreground and center of the Tower where Event Vendor Eva Levante usually stands, rather than being pushed into a corner that players often forget.
As Bungie previously pointed out, Iron Banner will feel almost completely different too. Iron Banner no longer has bounties to complete or tokens to deliver, and will instead have a reputation system and reward track similar to Shaxx and Saint-14 for Crucible and Trials of Osiris, respectively. Although Iron Banner was the first competitive mode to enable power tier perks, it is now disabling them to make it a more inviting event for all players. Iron Banner has also received its own set of new triumphs and an accompanying seal that will unlock the Iron Lord title once completed.
Additionally, this season of Iron Banner events is reintroducing Rift, a game mode first introduced in Destiny’s first expansion, The Taken King. Rift will be exclusive to Iron Banner until Season of the Haunted and can be played on the new PVP Disjunction map, designed with Rift in mind. Rift will be available outside of Iron Banner during Season 18, which is tentatively launching in August.
Iron Banner isn’t the only event to be renewed this season, as Bungie also has detailed changes coming to the Solstice event this summer. He also said similar changes could come to the rest of Destiny 2’s seasonal events, although all of these changes won’t necessarily happen this year.
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