James Willoughby

Oh, ah, ah, ah, ah!

This week in Destiny, we’re all gearing up for the release of Rise of Iron on the 20th September. That means new updates, new gear, balancing, and… Space sickness?

Earlier this week, players were reporting changes to the engram system. It seems as though in preparation for the new Rise of Iron drop, it has been rebalanced to make green ‘Uncommon’ engrams once again… ‘Uncommon’. As a player’s Guardian levels up past about level 20, green engrams rarely make a difference to the Light level (a measure of how good the Guardian’s gear is), and so they disappeared from the game. Now though, they’re back, which could mean a rebalancing of the level of gear seen in each engram type – i.e. more powerful gear could be coming to more common engrams.

Also in engrams, players have been starting to find the Trespasser – a new exotic sidearm from the Rise of Iron expansion – along with a host of other high light level gear. The Trespasser has the new Ornament system already installed, so Guardians can change the design of their weapon to suit them. It’s a similar concept to the Chroma gear seen in the last big update, but with a bit more finesse.

Finally, reports surfaced last night of a strange new virus floating around the cosmos. Players who contracted the diseases were contacted by the Owl Sector, who tell players to remain calm and direct them to the Owl Sector website, where the infection rates can be seen from around the world. There are five viruses in all: Splendor 2.6, Magnificence 2.0, Fortitude 3.1, Glory 2.1 and Brilliance 3.2. In-game, it appears as if these viruses work similarly to the Nightfall buffs of old, giving boosts to XP and reputation gains as long as the virus is active.

In the 13 hours since the Owl Sector initialisation, many players have started theorising about what the virus could mean. Is it help from Rasputin, the warmind, sending electronic mites to boost players up to the highest level to take on the biggest threat yet? Are the Owl Sector part of the warmind initiative, with O.W.L standing for Orbital Weapon Lancet? Or are the Owl Sector the last Iron Lords, calling to the Guardians from beyond?

Along with the Owl Sector infection website, the Bungie archives are also being updated with lore for the Owl Sector. You can check it out here. It includes some frankly rude snippets about Guardians, saying the light has cooked our brains; “Haven’t you seen them dancing in the Plaza, for no reason, with no music at all?”. Just rude.

Have you contracted any of the viruses yet? Tell us your experience in the comments below!

Owl Sector infection site

King Gothalian takes a look at some secret changes to the engram economy

The Trespasser and high Light Level gear released into Destiny

Owl Sector Lore

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