By: Elliott Garske
Only three things are certain in life; death, taxes, and that Bungie will deliver one of the best Halloween based events in gaming every October.
Festival of the Lost is Destiny 2’s annual Halloween event that takes place over the course of 3 weeks in October. As with past festivals, the Tower gets a stunningly spooky makeover. Eva Levante returns to shill out candy and loot to players who put the work in for it, and there are plenty of new masks for players to grab to cosplay as their favorite characters.
While those remain the same, there is one big difference this year, the activity. In past years, players were able to play an activity known as the Haunted Forest, which was a spookily decorated gauntlet taking place within the Infinite Forest, a complex simulation network created by an enemy race of robots known as the Vex. Due to the Destiny Content Vault shenanigans that happened before the games’ current expansion Beyond Light, however, the Infinite Forest along with other activities are no longer in the game. This means that there had to be a new activity for this year’s FOTL (Festival of the Lost).
This year’s activity comes in the form of Haunted Sectors. Haunted Sectors are three Lost Sectors taken from the game’s various locales, such as the Moon, the centaur Nessus, and the icy moon of Jupiter, Europa. While not as in depth as the Haunted Forest was, Haunted Sectors still provide enough loot and action to keep players from getting too bored, as they are much shorter, but also have heightened enemy density to compensate.
Another aspect to this year’s gameplay loop is the introduction of a new lorebook that players can unlock, known as the Book of Forgotten. The Book of the Forgotten serves as another little mini loop while players go from Haunted Sectors to the other activities in D2. When completing any activity outside of a Haunted Sector, you get an amount of Spectral Pages that can then be taken into the Haunted Sectors to be turned into Manifested Pages. Once you have enough Manifested Pages they can then be turned in at the Book of Forgotten for pages in the lore book.
Included with the aforementioned gameplay, loops and activities are an assortment of new Eververse items on sale, including the Dinosaur armor that won last year’s community vote, a Ghost Shell inspired by Día de los Muertos, and a Sparrow with moving spider legs on it. Also available are most of the items from previous years if you missed them.
Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost is currently out now for 3 weeks from October 12th to November 2nd.