Be prepared to take this with a sizable pinch of whatever passes for salt in the Destiny 2 universe, but it appears an artist at Bungie may have inadvertently given a glimpse of the game’s next subclass. The leak came in the form of a clip allegedly posted to an Artstation account, as first reported by DestinyTwoLeaks on Twitter. I can’t confirm the provenance because the linked post has been pulled, but—this being the internet—the clip is still easy enough to find. I’ve embedded it at the top.
At first glance, it just shows a Titan performing the ‘Swing of the Scythe’ finisher, which is available as part of the current season pass. However, cast your eyes down to the bottom left and things get more interesting. The HUD elements are all green, which doesn’t tally with any current subclass in the game. Most intriguing, the super icon (ie your ult) is also new. Finally, the character has three melee charges available, which isn’t possible with any current class in the game.
Naturally, fan speculation is running rampant, with many seemingly convinced that this all but confirms that the next subclass will be some sort of poison/decay variant (based, as far as I can tell, on the fact that poison has long been rumoured and the colour green feels kinda poisony). Here’s what I’d say: Yes, we can be pretty sure that a new subclass is on the way. No, we still have no clearer sense of what that will be.
The ‘new’ super icon does look quite reminiscent of the current Nightstalker Spectral Blades icon.
Here are the big caveats to consider. It’s absolutely normal for developer builds to enable all sorts of options that will never appear in game, and to contain placeholder UI elements. The green theme could simply confer that this is not a commercial release, for example. I also want to point out that the grenade icon used is for Firebolt, which is part of the current Solar kit. It’s also worth noting that the ‘new’ super icon does look quite reminiscent of the current Nightstalker Spectral Blades icon (see below). They both show twin blades piercing circles, but on a different angle. All of which says that whatever we’re seeing here, we can’t say with any confidence what the new subclass will actually be.
The Osteo Striga submachine gun is a ‘weapon of sorrow’, which some players think will be the inspiration for a new poison subclass. (Image credit: Bungie)
I’m doubting whether ‘harness the power of mushrooms’ plays well.
I’m more persuaded by what some of the lore guys have been saying recently about how ‘egregore‘—the magical space fungus currently infesting the derelict Leviathan ship—could form the basis of another subclass. Although that said, I’m now doubting whether ‘harness the power of mushrooms’ plays well as a marketing strategy. In any case, it shouldn’t be long before we learn more. Bungie is set to showcase what’s next for Destiny on 23 August in the form of a stream on Twitch and YouTube.