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The new Destiny 2 Season 23 dungeon could be about to break tradition

You may not like it, but it seems likely that the new Destiny 2 Season 23 dungeon will be a first for Bungie's FPS in more than one way.

Destiny 2 Season 23 dungeon: an image of a guardian with a sword of sorts

We’ve known we’re getting a new dungeon in the next major Destiny 2 update – which will usher in the Season of the Wish – for a little while now, but information on what that dungeon will look like and where we’ll find it has been a little light. While exploring new locations through dungeons like Io and Neomuna would be refreshing, all the signs point to one place for the Destiny 2 Season 23 dungeon. If the theories are right, then we’re looking at a series first in more ways than one, too.

Bungie’s looter shooter Destiny 2 is easily one of the best FPS games available right now and one of the reasons why that’s the case is the sheer amount of content players can dive into when they play. Sure, the latest couple of updates have been a little lighter than some players might like, but there’s a huge backlog of replayable content to explore and plenty of chances to chase after the best Destiny 2 weapons, too. With the Destiny 2 Season 23 release date almost upon us, we can finally look forward to a new dungeon to explore.

In Destiny 2, the dungeons that get introduced are always relevant to the current storylines being threaded together and they always feature in a new dungeon-less location. For example, the recently-added Ghosts of the Deep dungeon saw guardians dive into the depths of Titan to stop a Hive ritual. This is something the story had been alluding to, with the Hive poised as the main antagonists for the Season of the Deep.

What does this mean for Season 23? Well, it means that, if Bungie is going to stay true to this tradition of having dungeons progress the seasonal story being told, then the new dungeon is going to have to break another tradition and be set in the same place as another existing dungeon. This isn’t something Bungie has done before and it could mean we see a location we’re familiar with in a whole new light.

Thanks to Bungie solving this major Destiny 2 mystery in Season 23, the one related to the 15th Wish for the Wish Wall in the Last Wish raid and the fact that we now have an Ahamkara egg to play with, it seems almost certian that the Season 23 dungeon will take us back to the Dreaming City. This is where this part of the story is focused and it doesn’t make sense for things to randomly jump to another location – at least, not right now, anyway.

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Working out what to do with the Ahamkara egg is undoubtedly a major plot point heading into the Season of the Wish. With that in mind, we think that the next dungeon will focus on resolving this narrative thread and thus take place in the Dreaming City. This, though, would be despite the fact that the Shattered Throne dungeon already technically takes place there – albeit in an alternate plane of existence known as the Ascendant Realm. This would be the first time Destiny 2 doubles up on a dungeon location.

The fact that this new dungeon might take place in the Dreaming City could also mean we’re in for a ‘treat’ with our first Scorn-focused dungeon – an enemy we are yet to see feature in this type of activity.

As this Reddit thread discussing theories shows, though, the Scorn aren’t the most popular enemy type in Destiny 2 and some would rather see “anything but Scorn” feature in the new dungeon. As much as we agree that fighting Scorn can be a pain, it does seem likely that they will appear at some point.

The fact that the Scorn haven’t actually featured in a dungeon yet suggests that we’re effectively due a Scorn-focused dungeon sooner rather than later. This season also has strong narrative links to the content introduced in the Forsaken expansion in 2018 – what with the Wish Wall in the Last Wish raid being a major narrative point. This was actually the first time we met the Scorn in Destiny 2, so it would certainly fit to have them as the main enemies in this upcoming dungeon.

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Ultimately, though, we won’t know for sure what we’re going to be getting into when the new season rolls around until Bungie confirms it. So, take all the above with a pinch of salt. In the meantime, you should check you’re using the best Destiny 2 Titan build, the best Destiny 2 Warlock build, and the best Destiny 2 Hunter build. We just know the first time the Scorn appear in a dungeon will be a lot tougher than it should be. Screebs can really catch you out if you’re not careful.