The moon is dark and full of terrors in Destiny 2’s upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. Bungie released a new trailer gives us a more detailed look at the locations you’ll be blasting Hive in this fall. The trailer also includes a few hints about what else might be hiding under the lunar surface.
Bungie first showed the trailer during GuardianCon earlier this month. Mostly, it’s just a video fly-through of Shadowkeep locales set to music. The expansion marks the first time players have returned to the moon since Destiny 1. It was a significant location in that game but has been absent from Destiny 2, until now. But as the trailer demonstrates, Shadowkeep represents an entirely different area from the Hellmouth of the first game, and there seem to be some strange new things hidden within it. Watch the trailer above.
Look closely, and you’ll see red-tinted Hive scattered throughout Shadowkeep, which looks to represent a new faction and might give a suggestion of who these aliens serve. (There’s a lot of Hive lore about the Hive’s leaders and gods, including Oryx the Taken King from Destiny 1, and his siblings, Savathun–a name all over Destiny 2–and Xivu Arath). There are also brief glimpses of a Fallen Vandal, which might suggest the moon’s population of Fallen are fighting the Hive in Shadowkeep, and of a weird-looking Vex Minotaur. He could be one of the Nightmares, the resurrected versions of past enemies that have been awoken on the moon and need you to kill them. Then again, we can also see a Vex gate in the shot. We know Shadowkeep’s new raid will take place in the Black Garden, a special Vex location from the first Destiny, so this Minotaur could be related to that.
There’s also a shot in the trailer that gives a possible hint at how Shadowkeep will tie into future story developments in Destiny 2. It shows some creepy figures floating in the air somewhere within the Shadowkeep. These could be bodies of the Hive’s Guardian victims (the moon was the site of a massive battle years ago, in which a whole ton of Guardians were permanently killed). Or those figures might not be human at all, and instead related to a new threat teased at the end of Destiny 2’s vanilla campaign. Destiny’s current story suggests there’s another alien race who attacked far in the past, and they’re on their way back to the solar system.
Of course, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know about Shadowkeep, and the new trailer is very thin on details. We’re stuck waiting until the expansion’s release on September 17 to learn more.