Destiny 2's 'Gods of Mars' Has Humans Fighting Awoken and Warminds on the Red Planet
If an Xbox storefront leak is to be believed, Destiny 2 players can expect to return to Mars very soon.
The expansion's store page allegedly went live early, revealing an official synopsis. If this sounds familiar, it's because this happened to the same expansion on the PlayStation store just last month. I'm inclined to believe both given how much they overlap:
"Destiny 2 Expansion II: Gods of Mars sends your Guardian out to investigate a mysterious signal originating from Mars Northern Point, a brand new destination with all new story missions and adventures. Rasputin, the last of the ancient Warminds, has been alerted to a dark threat from beyond the Solar System. He has betrayed humanity and plans to construct a powerful weapon capable of detonating the Traveler itself. Work alongside Ana Bray who has emerged from the shadows after being missing for years, and destroy Rasputin before his machinations are realized."
It further elaborates the new Raid Lair "Crow Splicer" and a new "Construct" enemy faction.
This seems pretty easy to put together, given what we know of the game's overarching lore. Prince Uldren and his Crows are believed to have united The Fallen under a single house, The House of Kings. Rasputin isn't a fan of The Traveler, or Guardians. Ana Bray is…well, we don't know much about her present situation, but her symbol's position on the expansion's cover art definitely made many suspect she'd appear.
"Crow Splicer," too seems an interesting development. We know that The Fallen have been poking around the Exodus Black crash site on Nessus, and that the ship had live, weaponized SIVA onboard. It's not a stretch to imagine Uldren's minions bringing back a jar of the stuff and letting it self-propagate in a tub.
Constructs seem to be minions of Rasputin, and I'd assume they're Frame-like robots. But we've yet to hear of them before. That said, Destiny 2's Tower fragments make note that Frames are being reprogrammed by an unknown entity. That may very well be Rasputin, making it very possible that these 'Constructs' are just newly antagonistic Frames.
All things considered, Destiny 2: Gods of Mars has all the story ingredients it needs for a fascinating tale. The Curse of Osiris' cardinal sin was its sacrilegious wasting of The Vex and Osiris; a race and character, respectively, with incredible depth and lore that were placed front and center, only to be reduced to shallow cartoon figures.
This is Bungie's chance to set things right, and the stage is set for them to create a narrative to usher in Destiny 2's second year. It's not an overstatement to say that this is "do or die." If this expansion isn't good, the next "Taken King" sized expansion just won't sell. And any story or gameplay improvements immediately become a moot point.
The previous expansion's Raid Lair, though, was met with overwhelming praise, so 'Crow Splicer' is heading in with every advantage. Ultimately, Bungie has received enough feedback to understand what changes need to be made, and this is the perfect package to deliver it.