After a hellish travel saga that took up most of my last 24 hours, I have returned this morning to finally beat Destiny 2’s Epilogue mission, which went live at reset yesterday.
This…mostly went the way everyone predicted, if you were paying attention, even if you didn’t dive fully into datamines. Promotional materials for the season implied some sort of climactic Vex invasion of the Botza District, and sure enough, there is one final Override there which we have to complete to defend the Last City. Lakshmi opened the portal and surprise, that went poorly, and the season ends on a bit of a cliffhanger with one major plot point in particular.
What I found perhaps the most strange about the Epilogue however, was how easy it was for me to miss not one, but three key moments playing through it, two perhaps more important than the last one, but yeah, this threw me off a bit, and after the fact, I heard I wasn’t alone.
So, what can you miss?
1) Lakshmi’s corpse – This was a bit of a weird one. You hear Lakshmi-2 screaming on her radio broadcast, which led me to ask “did they just kill a major character in an audio log?” and it turns out they did. And after the mission, Ikora will tell you that they recovered Lakshmi’s body from the attack site. And yet what is easy to miss, since the game loads you directly into a firefight, is that you can see Lakshmi’s body on the ground in the same room you spawn in when the fight loads, across from a Vex Goblin corpse, and I suppose you can shoot or teabag to get your frustrations out since we weren’t the ones who got to kill her. But yeah, this was super easy to miss given the intensity of the fight that starts instantly when you load.
2) The cutscene – I missed this is the first time around because of a very specific thing I did “wrong.” If you finish the Override mission, and don’t either let the timer run out or back out to orbit, you will miss the cutscene. What I did is I went directly from the countdown timer to load into the Tower from the director, which did not register I had “ended” the mission, so I never saw the cutscene, and had to go back and do it again on a different character. It’s a cool cutscene, full of lots of characters coming together for the common good, and it contains a key Osiris moment as well, so it’s definitely something you don’t want to accidentally miss.
3) The friendly Harpy – This is a weird little easter egg, not necessarily something hugely important, but cool all the same. During the Override, there is a blue-eyed Harpy on a nearby console, which I presume is the same blue-eyed Harpy we have seen in a few missions in the past, one in Beyond Light, and I think it showed up in vanilla at one point. He is beeping a message that translates to “ASSISTANCE.” There’s a theory this could be Asher Mir, now in a Vex consciousness, though given that we’ve seen a Harpy like this before he supposedly died, I don’t think so. But we’ll see.
So yeah, weird amount of stuff I missed by accident, though some of this is a bit hidden.
Overall, I liked at least the story beats of this, though having it be just another Override was a little bit lame, and I wanted a true “boss” that was, I don’t know, Lakshmi being absorbed into a giant Wyvern or something. Just not another generic Vex, and us doing the same thing to track down Quria, even though we no longer need to. I was surprised to see the Osiris bit left so open ended, but I suppose that means Bungie wants us to keep pretending we don’t know the truth about him. Everyone seemed a little too chill about that.
Anyway, it was better than uh, the Guardian Games closing ceremonies. I feel like it would benefit from a bit more of a climactic alteration to a stock Override, and Destiny really needs to figure out friendly AI, so all our friends don’t only ever appear in cutscenes. But overall, solid moment, and now we wait two weeks for The Witch Queen reveal and season 15.