Destiny 2‘s Season of Dawn is winding down, with solely about three weeks left earlier than the subsequent season kicks off. As is now typical of Bungie’s strategy to the story it dishes out in its seasons, we’re beginning to get hints of the place issues will go subsequent. A brand new cutscene means that the subsequent season will once more contain Rasputin, the enormous AI “warmind” gamers have been interacting with in brief bursts because the vanilla marketing campaign of the unique Future.
The brand new cutscene begins up as quickly as you load the sport with the weekly reset for February 18. In it, Osiris, the time-traveling former Guardian who’s been hanging out on Mercury all through the Season of Daybreak, visits the uncovered Rasputin bunker we final visited within the Warmind growth in Future 2’s first 12 months. The scene is brief, but it surely’s very confrontational; chatting with Rasputin, Osiris accuses the super-smart laptop of being a betrayer, and asks the place it stands within the persevering with battle of Gentle versus Darkish.
There’s quite a lot of lore surrounding Rasputin, however we’re missing quite a lot of details about the pc’s loyalties or agenda. Again earlier than The Collapse, the apocalyptic occasion in Future 2’s previous that ruined the photo voltaic system and created the world we have been enjoying in because the first sport launched, Rasputin was created to run your entire system’s world defenses. We all know that, finally, some type of evil alien risk often known as The Darkness confirmed up, and plainly Rasputin fought it. Then the pc largely went silent. The Warmind growth revealed that, reasonably than enable itself to be captured or destroyed by the Hive, Rasputin froze the entire space of Mars the place its foremost bunker was situated. However we have interacted with it just a few instances since then, and we’re nonetheless unsure what it finally could be as much as.
Osiris’s dialogue suggests Rasputin will once more be an necessary character within the subsequent Future 2 season. That would imply we’re revisiting Mars, which might observe with some hypothesis among the many Future 2 group that we’re heading again to previous planets based mostly on the order they had been initially added to the sport; Season of Daybreak was all about Mercury, the primary location added in Future 2’s expansions, and followers have theorized we might be again to the second new location, Mars, within the subsequent season.
It additionally looks like the cutscene teases a bit of data that many have theorized about however hasn’t but been confirmed: Rasputin’s function in The Collapse. To grasp it, now we have to dive a bit into Future’s deep and nebulous lore.
On the heart of the Future story is the Traveler, the enormous, benevolent robotic god that hangs over Earth all through each video games. The Traveler arrived centuries in the past and helped to terraform the photo voltaic system, making every kind of locations liveable, and its affect additionally ushered within the Golden Age, a utopian interval of prosperity and technological increase. However ours will not be the primary race the Traveler has visited or uplifted; earlier than us, the Traveler helped the enemy alien race often known as the Fallen, however deserted them when The Darkness inevitably appeared within the system. The Fallen are in our photo voltaic system as a result of they’re chasing the Traveler, and so they hate us as a result of the robotic god seemingly deserted them for us.
That brings us to The Collapse. When The Darkness attacked the photo voltaic system, there’s some lore to recommend the Traveler once more meant to bug out, leaving us to fend for ourselves in opposition to the highly effective alien risk. As the idea goes, Rasputin anticipated this eventuality and knew that humanity would not survive The Darkness by itself. Somewhat than let the Traveler depart, Rasputin attacked it, disabling the Traveler–which is why it has been mendacity dormant above Earth for lots of of years. With Osiris calling the Warmind “betrayer” and speaking about what he realized venturing via the time journey prospects of the Infinite Forest, plainly the idea that Rasputin shot the Traveler may lastly get confirmed.
What we do not learn about Rasputin is what it is so far. Within the Warmind growth, Vanguard chief Zavala fearful that awakening and empowering Rasputin created a significant danger for the photo voltaic system, because it’s unimaginable for us to manage the enormous synthetic intelligence. The principle character of that growth, Ana Bray, insisted on trusting Rasputin. However now we all know Zavala is not the one one who’s questioning Rasputin’s loyalties.
There are nonetheless just a few weeks left of the Season of Daybreak and we’re nonetheless not precisely certain what the subsequent Future 2 season will cover–or even what it is known as. If Bungie’s strategy to previous seasons is any instance, although, we’ll quickly be studying much more about what’s coming to Future 2 in March, and what we will count on from its story.
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