Bungie hasn’t been afraid to redesign, remix, and overhaul parts of Destiny 2 over the past five years, and one aspect of the game that’s getting a substantial refresh is Iron Banner – the fun, more laid-back side of Crucible PvP. For season 17 of Fate 2Bungie is changing the way Iron Banner plays, both in terms of reward distribution and the core game mode it’s built around.
One of the biggest changes: Bungie is disabling Power Levels in Iron Banner to, well, level the playing field. (Power Level will still be active in Trials of Osiris, Bungie notes.)
Iron Banner players will also have a new place to play, in the form of an all-new map called Disjunction – the first all-new map for Fate 2 PvP in about two years – set “in the swampy area of the pyramid of the Throne World of Savathûn, so expect lots of multi-toed horses, translucent brown glass, and art deco designs,” Bungie says.
Season 17 of Destiny 2 will see the return of Rift, Destiny’s rugby-with-guns PvP mode, to replace Control in Iron Banner. And Bungie says it plans to deactivate the Iron Banner game mode each season, noting, “Sometimes it can be a brand new mode or a returning mode, sometimes it can be a an interesting twist on an existing mode.”
Iron Banner is also getting new daily challenges, dropping Iron Banner tokens, and getting a new reward track, among other changes. To acclimate players new and old to Iron Banner, Saladin will offer players a new mandatory quest to explain the new features of the PvP mode.
“You only have to go through it once per account, but with this reset we wanted everyone to get the same introduction, even Iron Banner veterans will have to,” Bungie said. “In fact, you’ll need to start this quest to even access the Iron Banner node.”
Season 17 of Destiny 2 will go live on May 24. More details on upcoming changes Destiny 2Bungie’s Iron Banner mode and its new Disjunction map can be found on Bungie’s weekly blog.