Bungie Explains Why A Well-Known Destiny 2 Character Had to Die

By Rebecca Smith,
A couple of weeks ago, Bungie revealed the latest expansion for Destiny 2. As we learned then, "Forsaken" would take players into the wild frontiers of The Reef where they'd be looking for Barons who have escaped from the Prison of Elders. During Sony's E3 conference, the team debuted a trailer showing a well known character paying the ultimate price when things go wrong. In a new interview, the team discusses why they chose to do this. An accompanying video also covers the subject before going on to showcase some of the expansion's new multiplayer mode.

Uldren Sov and the Barons have organised a jailbreak at the Prison of Elders. The player and Cayde-6 were sent in to bring law and order back to the location, but only one of them made it out alive. Now on their own, players head into the lawless environment of the Reef to bring justice for their colleague. Project Lead Scott Taylor spoke to PlayStation Blog to discuss how the story came about.

We wanted to tell a story with huge stakes, but have those stakes be really personal to the player. We’ve done aliens trying to destroy the universe with the consequences of failure resulting in catastrophe. What if we could get that feeling with something closer to home, and more relatable? That was appealing.

We started discussing what we cared about as Guardians, and it became clear that the Vanguard had really come alive as characters for our fans. So each of the expansions over the last year have focused on them: Ikora in Curse of Osirsis, Zavala in Warmind and now Cayde in Forsaken. We haven’t taken a player off the board like this before, and we realized that the loss of Cayde would mean more to the Player than any other possible external threat we could think of. All the ideas came together and formed what became Forsaken.

[...] Cayde dying sets everything into motion. The Player wants revenge and as they seek it out they begin to blur the line between what is right and wrong. The Player makes alliances they normally wouldn’t in order to wipe out their enemies. You see who killed Cayde – all of them, from the Barons to Uldren – and now they’re on your list. As you check the names off you learn more about Uldren and what he is looking to achieve.

You can read the full interview here if you wish to learn more about the story's development. In the meantime, Bungie's Deej took to the stage at E3 to explain the studio's decision, detail the story and describe some of the expansion's new locations. This was then followed by some gameplay footage from the new multiplayer mode Gambit, whose official trailer we've already seen. The mode combines PvP and PvE for two teams of four players. Each defeated enemy drops motes that can be banked. Once enough is banked, a Primeval enemy can be summoned and destroyed. Along the way, the other team can invade your arena to add another layer to the gameplay. Check out the interview below.

Destiny 2: Forsaken will be arriving on September 4th.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.