With Destiny 2's The Witch Queen expansion just one month away, we're heading into yet another round of content vaulting. Not as big as the massive carving that happened with Beyond Light, but big enough.
Some old content is on the way, the Forsaken campaign and the Tangled Shore destination, but also the whole of last year's seasonal content, including all the activities and missions from it, almost.
There are a few exceptions here. Bungie found a way to exclude the Warden of Nothing strike from being vaulted, despite Tangled Shore leaving and it's technically at that destination. Also, seasonal Battlegrounds remain from Season of the Chosen and will be folded into the Strike playlist going forward.
Well, I would ask for one more exception, to spare the life of what I would consider the best single mission in the Destiny series, Presage.
Presage was an independent exotic mission introduced during Season of the Chosen in February 2021. In it, players board the Glykon, uncovering lore and mechanic-related mysteries and claiming Dead Man's Tale exotic. The mission could then be repeated and cultivate the exotic into random scrolls.
Why do I consider Presage one of the best missions in Destiny history, if not that best?
Presage exists in a sweet challenge between a normal story mission and a full dungeon. It was challenging in the beginning with a fire team, but it was certainly also possible to solo easier than most dungeons. It's an ingenious mix of riddles and battles without frustration from a timer we've seen before with Zero Hour and Whisper Secret missions.
Presage boasts without a doubt the best atmosphere of any Destiny mission to date, the ghost ship Glykon is a terrifying, fascinating place, even more so as you follow the story and reveal what actually happened there.
If we do not count raids and dungeons as missions, then yes, I believe Presage is Destiny 2's best mission overall, mixing puzzles, combat, platform games, art design, and storytelling in a way that nothing else can match. And the lack of an annoying timer allows you to appreciate it all, raising it past Zero Hour and Whisper, if you ask me.
But it disappears after just appearing in 1 out of Destiny 2's 4 year existence because it's technically seasonal content and that's what seasonal content does. Except when Bungie decides that ... exceptions can be made, as we already see this upcoming round of voltering. The cause is vaulted, but the dreamy city, its raid and dungeon is not. Tangled Shore is being vaulted, but Warden of Nothing is not. Year 4 seasonal content gets vaulted, but Battlegrounds is not.
So why not Presage?
I suppose I could come up with some sort of loot-based reason why Presage stayed. It could keep giving peaks, or we could grow a different kind of drops there. But I think, basically, do we need a reason? Can not the reason be "it's one of the best missions Bungie has ever done and everyone should play it no matter when they start playing Destiny."
Bungie has previously indicated that there may be a way for old content like this or Zero Hour or Whisper to return in some form, but details and timelines for it have been non-existent. I guess the idea might be to put some of these things in the "Legends" tab one day, but so far Destiny 2 has not added any Destiny 2 content left, so it seems like a long-term plan if it does something.
As always, I do not know all the technical reasons behind Bungie's decisions. There may be some insurmountable thing that prevents Presage from staying while Battlegrounds and Warden of Nothing are allowed to. But if possible, I would love to be executed for Presage, an ingenious mission that simply should not be deleted for that reason alone.
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