This fall will mark a big change for Destiny 2, one where Bungie may actually make armor interesting for the first time as they lean into more RPG customization mechanics for its Shadowkeep expansion.
We don’t know the full extent of the changes, but the gist of the system is that you can pick a piece of armor you like the look of, then slot in perks manually rather than relying on that exact piece rolling with exactly what you want on it.
As such, I think there’s at least one way, possibly two ways, that you can start preparing for this now, even three months ahead of time.
This is just a theory. I have asked Bungie about this directly to try and confirm, but I haven’t heard back yet, so I’m just going based on what I’ve seen. And what I’ve seen is Bungie going out of its way to show various pieces of armor in the Shadowkeep trailer and ViDoc that are clearly from all over the last two years.
This new armor system feels to me like it’s going to be a transmog system without literally being transmog, but close enough where there isn’t going to be a meaningful difference. As in, I believe what’s going to happen is that collections are going to prove useful again for a change, and rather than pulling out pieces of armor with perks on them, you will instead just be pulling out a “blank” piece of armor that you will then insert perks into under the new system, then infuse to make its power relevant, etc.
What this means is that I think if you want the most options to dress up your Guardian going forward, it’s time to farm all the armor you can to get at least one copy of it for reference. If you’re like me, you may be missing some old pieces of past sets from activities like EP or older raids and raid lairs, but haven’t bothered going back to get them because…they’re not relevant anymore. They don’t work with the current perk system.
But it seems like they are going to work with this new system, and I would genuinely not be surprised if suddenly every piece of armor currently in the game was now relevant under the new “assign slots” system because all you’re taking from these pieces is the look. And with the collection system, this means you can get these pieces of armor and dismantle them, since all the game needs to know is that you’ve gotten them once. This is why I’m making sure to farm out a full set of Opulence gear at least once for all my characters now so I can use it come fall with new perks if I want. This new system also makes Eververse gear more valuable because the rolls no longer matter, fixed or random, because all you want is the look (and lately the Eververse sets have been some of the best/only new bits of armor in the game). So do with that information what you will.
While I am pretty confident about this collection idea, I have another theory that I am less sure about but I’ll throw out there anyway. I’m wondering if it would be beneficial to build up a vaulted collection of armor with enhanced perks, per se, say if the new armor system introduces a way to extract perks from armor, make the independent like mods, and then place them in new pieces. If that was the case, that could mean that if you had an enhanced version of all the perks you wanted on random pieces of armor you may not be using, that when this DLC launches, you could be ready to go with a killer set if it lets you extract those perks and use them however you want.
But that seems like I’m assuming a lot, and I don’t want to guarantee that’s going to be how this works, as we have fewer clues about that then we do the cosmetic aspect. It’s entirely possible that Bungie will just wipe all armor of perks period, and then have everyone start over from scratch with a new perk insertion system that has nothing to do with what you’ve already acquired, past the look of things.
Anyway, that’s just what I’ve been thinking about lately, and I am running EP a lot to try and get my last few pieces I’m missing for that set, which is one of the best in the game, bar none. Maybe you have your own ideas of what you want to be hunting for fall fashion season, so get out there and go get it.