Our Destiny 2 Crucible PVP guide contains details of Countdown, Retribution, Midtown and all of the other PVP content that's coming with the sequel.
The big Destiny 2 gameplay revent event held in May gave us our first juicy taste of the Player Versus Player [PVP] content that will launch with the sequel, including a closer look at the brand-new Countdown mode and the Midtown map.
Since then, we've had an E3 update that shines even more light on the competitive content you're going to be able to expect from the sequel. Specifically, those of you playing on PlayStation 4 are going to have a year's early access to the new Retribution map, before it's rolled out to the rest of the playerbase on PC and Xbox One towards the end of 2018.
In our continuously updated Destiny 2 Crucible guide, you'll be able to find everything that's currently known about the game's competitive scene, with links to individual guides to help you dominate in every area of PVP.
Once you've finished brushing up on all things related to PVP, go and check out our core Destiny 2 guide page - you'll find information on every known aspect of the sequel from there.
Editor's Update #4: We've updated this guide with two brand new things: a new map called Altar of Flame, and a new game mode called Survival to go with it. You'll find all the information you need in the relevant sections below.
Destiny 2 PVP FAQ
Before we move onto the nitty gritty detail of individual maps and game modes, here's a really quick overview of how PVP will work in the sequel:
- Crucible gameplay will now be based around 4v4 teams across all game modes.
- You'll now have visual indicators for when an opponent's Super is ready.
- You'll also be able to clearly see whether an enemy has collected power ammo as well.
- The entire PVP system has been redesigned from the ground up to ensure that it's accessible for everyone to dabble in, yet very hard to master.
- There is going to be a new PVP game mode in the game called Countdown. This is essentially an attack and defend mode which is completely new for the Destiny franchise.
- Ranked play will not be available at launch. There is still a possibility that it may be introduced at a later date, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
- Power weapons will have limited ammo that must be collected at certain points throughout each map.
Destiny 2: New PVP maps
There are two new maps that we're currently aware of in Destiny 2:
Midtown - This is the map that was first shown off at the first gameplay reveal event back in May. For an overview of this map, as well as some hands-on tactics for dominating on it, take a look at our Midtown guide.
Retribution - Retribution is a PlayStation 4-exclusive map, which means that Xbox One and PC players will not be able to experience this battleground until at least Fall 2018. Our Retribution guide contains everything that's currently known about this new location, and will be updated regularly over time.
Endless Vale - Destiny 2's first Control map is set on the planet Nessus, and features tight corridors which branch into large open spaces. For an overview of this map, along with strategy advice on how to overcome the opposition, check out our Endless Vale guide.
Vostok - Vostok is a reworked version of the first game's Iron Temple social space, introduced with the launch of the Rise of Iron expansion. For more detail on this map, as well as tips and tricks for smashing through the competition, take a look through our growing Vostok guide.
Altar of Flame - Altar of Flame is the first map to be set on Mercury and to showcase the new Survival game mode. If you're after a comprehensive look at this map, along with a neat selection of tips and tricks, check out our Altar of Flame guide.
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Destiny 2: PVP modes
Countdown - In this new game mode for Destiny, a team of attackers must attempt to detonate a device inside a base, while the defenders battle to stop them. We've already got some hands-on strategy advice for you on this new mode, so take a look at our Countdown guide for the full lowdown on how it all works.
Trials - Although we have very little information on which Trials will be coming to Destiny, it's been confirmed that they're definitely coming to the game soon after launch. It's likely they'll follow a similar format to Trials of Osiris in the original Destiny.
Control - A fan favourite from the original Destiny returns in the sequel, along with a revamped, streamlined look and feel. In this game mode, two teams of four battle it out for control over three objectives dotted throughout the map. Make sure you take a look at our comprehensive Control guide, which breaks down how the game mode works and features a bunch of constantly updated tips and tricks.
Survival - Touted as the spiritual successor to Skirmish from the original Destiny, Survival is - you guessed it - all about staying alive. Each team has a respawn pool of eight lives, and it's all about whittling away the enemy's lives while protecting your own. It promises intense action and proper coordination to succeed, and we can't wait to get stuck in. Take a look at our Survival guide for an overview of how this game mode works, along with a few tips and tricks to get you ahead of the competition.
Destiny 2's ironing out some of the connectivity troubles of the past. Here's a simply breakdown of what's changing to give you a smoother multiplayer experience in the sequel:
- Peer to peer matchmaking is still being utilised - but it's not going to work the same way as the original Destiny.
- Certain aspects of every multiplayer match you step into will be handled by Bungie's servers. For example, the physics interactions will be hosted by Destiny 2 in order to combat inconsistencies and player frustration.
- Host migration will not be returning in Destiny 2, meaning that players won't have their matches rudely interrupted by an annoying loading screen.
That's everything for now! As soon as new PVP information is revealed, we'll update this guide. Keep us bookmarked, as we'll eventually have everything you need for smashing the competition in the Crucible!