I think my viewpoint on this game has shifted over the past few weeks. I’ve been significantly busier in the last year, and I don’t have the energy to keep up with the treadmill anymore, especially since there isn’t really any excuse to. Last Wish sucked all of the energy out what was left of PS4 PMOD and now there are only two of us playing this thing anymore, so the likelihood of raids happening is effectively nil. I still enjoy Destiny as a kind of social space where I get to hang with rye every Sunday and talk for a couple hours, but I no longer really play it outside of that. My choices about how to allocate my time and effort in this game are no longer really about progressing in the latest season of content or getting my power level up, but just working towards things that will make my weekly play session more enjoyable or interesting.
Really, I think I now play Destiny like grade school kids play Fortnite, as a weird objective-based social space, or a weekly excuse to have a conversation with a friend that we probably wouldn’t have otherwise. It still has a lot of value because of that, but it’s a completely different role than it played in my life two years ago when Destiny was pretty much the only game I played, with the occasional diversion on a weekend here and there. Nowadays, the bulk of my time is spent exploring the PlayStation 1 library that I missed out on as a youth, and Destiny is my weekend diversion.
The other thing is I think it’s just harder for Bungie to retain me as a player now that I’m somewhere around 1300 hours played in this thing. There is only so much Bungie can put out every 3 months, and I don’t really see what they could realistically release in a seasonal model aside from a new raid that would be worth playing “full time” for. And since raids aren’t happening anymore due to low headcount, why even bother hitting that power level cap when I could be playing something else that actually feels fresh?
So that’s pretty much where I am with regards to Destiny right now.
Also here is a warning from someone who got owned: Service Revolver is a fantastic Vanguard hand cannon that has similar specs to Luna’s Howl and good PvP rolls. If you haven’t purchased it explicitly from Zavala for completing the season 6 completions triumph (40 strikes), it is not going to be in your random loot pool, so don’t be a big idiot like me and dump your hundreds of useless Vanguard tokens trying to get one, because it’s not gonna happen. This is never communicated to you anywhere in the game, but I found out about this earlier today and it made me furious, and I decided I should probably spread the word