Bungie details how the Vault of Glass raid will return in Destiny 2

Vault of Glass
Vault of Glass (Image credit: Bungie)

What you need to know

  • Destiny 2 Assistant Game Director Joe Blackburn has provided some details about how Bungie plans to bring the Vault of Glass raid from the first game into Destiny 2.
  • Vault of Glass will fundamentally work the same, but will be made more challenging overall to compensate for how Guardians have grown stronger over the years.
  • Additionally, Vault of Glass will also come with Destiny 2 versions of the raid's weaponry, including the iconic Fatebringer hand cannon.
  • Vault of Glass is slated to arrive in Destiny 2 at some point in 2021.

In an interview, Assistant Game Director for Destiny 2, Joe Blackburn, provided some insight about how Bungie is planning to bring the Vault of Glass raid from the original Destiny into the sequel. When asked how different the Destiny 2 version would feel, Blackburn stated that "I think the ultimate goal here is to make it feel like Vault of Glass felt when the first time you did it, which is probably pretty different than if we just did a straight port of Vault of Glass." Because of all the new weapons, armors, and mods that players have collected over the years, Guardians in Destiny 2 are much stronger than they were in the first game. Therefore, says Blackburn, Bungie is going to make Vault of Glass more difficult while keeping the overall style and mechanics of each encounter the same.

"We definitely are going to make changes to make it feel challenging, like it felt before," he said. "But we don't want to go too far, and make it feel like it's a different raid."

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In addition to the raid itself, Blackburn also confirmed that Vault of Glass weapons will be returning as well. However, the weapons won't be identical to their original versions. Instead, Bungie is aiming to recreate the weapons with the context of the Destiny 2's loot pool in mind, keeping the weapons fundamentally identical while making small changes that will help the guns fit into the sequel's sandbox.

"There's obviously some (Destiny 2) updating to go into those perk pools," Blackburn said. "But no one is out to create a Found Verdict or a Fatebringer here that feels radically different than the original Fatebringer. Because then it just feels like we're lying to players, right? Like, 'That's not what Fatebringer feels like.' Everyone knows what the recoil pattern is on that gun. Everyone knows what perks they wanted."

Are you excited for Vault of Glass to return in Destiny 2? Let me know. Destiny 2 is available now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Windows 10 PCs. The base game is free, and we highly recommend checking it out if you haven't yet because Destiny 2 is one of the best Xbox One shooters out there. The latest expansion, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, is available for $40 on all platforms and takes players to the icy moon of Europa. Make sure to check out our Deep Stone Crypt raid guide as well as our guide on how to get Stasis Aspects and Fragments in Destiny 2: Beyond Light for more on the expansion.

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