Nicely I used to be up very, very late final evening, not as a result of I used to be caught on Templar or Atheon, however as a result of I missed your entire day considered one of Future 2’s reprised Vault of Glass arrival as a consequence of a marriage. So as a substitute I watched the World’s First end and a few of the runs of my favourite gamers, in addition to gauged the neighborhood response earlier than I bounce in myself this week now that contest mode is about to deactivate.
All the things appears to level to a transparent reality: it is a fairly large win for Bungie, who managed to steadiness the extraordinarily difficult thought of bringing again a beloved, basic Future raid, updating it to nonetheless pose a problem within the present sandbox, whereas retaining the nostalgia.
Basically, the overwhelming majority of Vault of Glass is identical because it was. Sure, I used to be just a little dissatisfied there have been no surprises tying it to the present Vex season, nor any unlocks after, however the Vault exists outdoors of not solely house and time, but in addition Future’s season move, as this would be the recreation’s first free raid for all gamers since Bungie content material vaulted 5 free raids with Past Gentle. So I supposed being disconnected does make some quantity of sense.
The primary change made to the raid, amongst different minor ones like Wyverns and Overload Minotaurs, is an evolution of the Oracle mechanic from the primary recreation in each the Templar and Atheon arenas for all these segments. Relatively than merely destroy Oracles once you see them, you now should hearken to the “Vex music” and see during which order they seem, and destroy them in that sequence. It’s a easy twist however one which actually makes encounters like Templar more difficult, and is a remaining spin on Atheon that made that battle as thrilling as every other model new boss battle we’ve seen for the World’s First race.
It continues the custom of Future 2 wanting a variety of communication amongst raid groups, and callouts are past key for this mechanic. In Atheon’s throne room specifically, groups struggled with determining the correct methods to establish the oracles (shut! Sorta shut! Tremendous shut!) and that’s one thing the neighborhood could should decide on terminology for going ahead.
The World’s First contest mode/challenges races went comparatively easily. I do know there have been some error codes and there seems to be a slate of bugs regarding the Relic not working when it looks like it’s speculated to be, so which will have to be sorted. I didn’t see anybody knock Atheon off the sting, which Bungie warned groups to not try forward of time.
The loot has been up to date by way of performance, although not aesthetics. There’s a slate of VoG-specific mods that will not be that vital in the intervening time, however will definitely be key as soon as Grasp Mode rolls round in a number of weeks. As for the gear, it’s all basic. No up to date designs, a minimum of till “Timelost” variations get right here. And no extra fastened rolls both, as classics like Fatebringer, Imaginative and prescient of Confluence, Discovered Verdict and others all have numerous mixes of Future 2 perks, together with each a few of the new ones from this season, and one model new one, Rewind Rounds, one thing particular to VoG weapons which might refill your journal based mostly on weapon hits.
The race yesterday did have the vibe of a standard World’s First, and the group that cleared it earlier than anybody, each the primary time and with the challenges, Clan Elysium, I consider was a group made up of gamers who had by no means performed the unique VoG in any respect. You noticed a great deal of Vault of Glass veterans battle with the brand new mechanics and the problem modifier, paving the way in which for a “younger blood” win right here. Although now issues are about to get a lot, a lot simpler with problem mode lifted and the “regular” raid being open for everybody. Challenges and Grasp Mode are coming later, nonetheless.
There are a thousand methods bringing again Vault of Glass might have gone unsuitable for Bungie, but it surely prevented all these timelines and now we have arrived in a single the place this was, the truth is, fairly a good suggestion and went off principally with out a hitch. If that is the usual Bungie is setting for the return of previous raids, completely, let’s see all of them.
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