At the weekend Bungie tried its hand at a live, in-game event similar to those seen in Fortnite.
Since March a massive sun-eating weapon known as The Almighty has been drifting toward Earth in the Destiny 2 universe. Players were tasked with creating satellites that could be used to destroy the Almighty and on Saturday evening that investment paid dividends.
Bungie told players to jump into the Tower location at exactly 19:00 CAT on Saturday to witness the destruction of the Almighty.
And so players did this and waited.
And they waited.
And then, they waited a bit more.
Then players became confused so Bungie’s community managers took to Twitter to explain that the process of destroying the Almighty would take a while.
Indeed the entire event took 90 minutes from start to end.
The idea was that this would take time to try and match the real-world physics of a massive ship being blown up. While we get that, 90 minutes is a hard ask for many folks who assumed this event would take 30 minutes at most.
In truth, the final few minutes of the event were spectacular and having our characters pushed back and deafened by the massive sound wave that followed was pretty neat.
Unfortunately that moment was marred by the fact that this had taken ages with little to no indication in game of how long this process would take.
You can see a timelapse of the event in the tweet below.
Thanks to your efforts, Rasputin's full power was on display and saved Earth from certain doom.
Re-live the heroic time-lapsed fireworks. pic.twitter.com/9eNS2EQkYu
— Destiny 2 (@DestinyTheGame) June 7, 2020
We also loved how the Tower came to life. Stoic NPCs were suddenly interacting with the world and the amount of players we saw in the Tower was unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The downing of the Almighty then was a great concept, just poorly executed in the end.
The developer has said that this event was a labour of love that required endless testing and we can only imagine what it took for Bungie to get this right. While we’ve seen interactions with the world this season and in the past – The Empyrean Foundation and Guardian Games – the Almighty was on another scale altogether.
While it was definitely cool, we do feel that the event mimicked the season rather well – a lot of waiting around with very little pay off.
Destiny 2 players are now waiting on information about the next season which will be delivered in a livestream on Tuesday 9th June at 18:00 CAT.