Destiny 2 has had tons of ideas that have not always gone over well with the community but none feel more confusing than the existence of the Destiny Content Vault or DCV. After Forsaken, the biggest Destiny 2 expansion to date, had received the last of its seasonal content, Bungie announced the creation of the DCV as a means to manage the ever-expanding install size of the game. Prior to the introduction of the DCV, Destiny 2‘s file size was over 100 gigabytes by the end of its first run of seasonal content, which, personally speaking, took a lot of fucking space.
Now, the idea of the DCV was that older content would eventually enter this “vault” and be removed from the game for a time, only to be re-introduced later on in some different form. The idea makes sense on paper and doesn’t seem like a big deal up until you consider the fact that most of the stuff that would be “vaulted” was paid for with cold hard cash. The sticking point of the DCV wasn’t only that we’d be losing old content that we didn’t play much anymore but also that we’d be saying goodbye to content that we’ve spent so much money on.
For context, the annual pass in the Forsaken era was around $35 for stuff that presumably would stick around indefinitely. On top of that, you still needed to buy the Forsaken expansion to access all of the content, which brought up the price tag to about $75 if you didn’t buy the bundled version. Keep in mind that this was assuming that you already owned the base version of Destiny 2, which was still being sold at that point in time.
As all the base content and annual pass content for Forsaken has entered the DCV, it’s finally time for Forsaken itself to be removed from Destiny 2 fairly soon. Bungie has made a blog post about the upcoming vaulting of Forsaken‘s campaign, the Tangled Shore, the Presage, and Harbinger exotic missions. The only content that will carry over from the current year of Destiny 2 will be the Battlegrounds activity, the Proving Grounds strike, and the Warden of Nothing Strike; while the Tangled Shore will be going away, we’re still gonna get to run around in the Dreaming City and will still be able to play the Last Wish raid.
Since the Tangled Shore is being removed, the currency exchange that Spider was in charge of will now be relegated to Master Rahool going forward. If you’ve never played Forsaken‘s campaign before, you’ll be able to play it for free starting on December 7th, but Last Wish and Shattered Throne will be available for purchase in a Forsaken Pack that will be available for purchase the same day the campaign will be made available for free.
Anyone who has purchased Forsaken already gets the pack for free and receives three Forsaken ciphers that will unlock any Forsaken exotics that aren’t locked behind a Forsaken dungeon and raid. You get Ascendant Shards if you happen to own every Forsaken exotic already, which is nice I suppose, but this whole situation brings back an old conversation that has persisted since the introduction of the DCV: is it ok to shelve content that we’ve already paid money for?
A deep money pit
Let’s not mince words here, Bungie removing content so that it can be shelved away for some future, alternative release is not going to sit well with everyone. Hell, I can’t completely say I like the DCV as it’s eaten the $100’s of dollars I’ve spent on Destiny 2 over the years; sure, I didn’t revisit all of those old locations and activities like many others, but the fact that the time and money invested in that content is just gone hasn’t always sat well with me.
The DCV is supposed to allow Bungie to create new, fresh content and keep the technical aspects of the game up to par, but it really feels like keeping the technical side of Destiny 2 should’ve been priority one when developing the game. I’ve accepted that all my cool stuff is gonna enter this vault someday, but I definitely don’t completely like it. Forsaken was the shot in the arm Destiny 2 desperately needed when it was floundering long ago and if it never existed, then we wouldn’t be talking about Destiny 2 today.
If you’ve never played through the Forsaken campaign before, I’d highly recommend playing it before it’s finally put to bed when Witch Queen drops next year. It’s not the best single-player content you’ll ever play, but it’s probably the best campaign that Destiny 2 has available at the moment.