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Cancelled Destiny 1 Raid Details Revealed And It Could Have Been So Good

Cancelled Destiny 1 raid details revealed and man, now we really want it to be in the game.
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Destiny 2 is constantly evolving and ever since Bungie split from Activision, that evolution has morphed into something that has been massively positive for the space game and the studio behind it. While the present-day state of content is incredible, recently cancelled Destiny 1 raid details have emerged and we’ve gotta admit — we really wish this was in the current sequel.

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Destiny director Luke Smith recently revealed during the Kinda Funny podcast that the team originally had a plan for the first game’s first raid to be much more massive than it ended up being and while it eventually evolved into the Vault of Glass, the studio originally had a much different idea for the raid’s creative direction.

According to Smith, Crota’s End and King’s Fall as initially meant to be one giant raid with a few, key changed components. He also mentioned that the prototype for this raid was built within the Halo engine and included a “heavily modified Brute hammer” and its journey across a bridge. The events would then lead into what eventually became the intro of King’s Fall which tasked players with collecting orbs on either side of the raid’s area in an effort to dump them into the statues seen in the centre. 

After the raid’s progression, players would then end this prototyped raid in Crota End’s boss room with a creeptastic (and massive) Oversoul looming off being incredibly creepy. Though it never ended up happening as the team originally saw this vision unfolding, many of the ideas that went into the original Hive-based raid ended up making up two very beloved events in the first title that is still talked about today.  

Now some dedicated players may be wondering why the Vault of Glass was chosen instead of this gigantic raid experience. According to Smith, it’s because the ending of the ending of the first game revolved around Vex, making the Hive narrative a bit random, and instead fit more into the Crota’s End narrative than in its original design. 

At the end of the day though, the cancelled Destiny 1 raid sounds like it would have been amazing for those looking for a truly massive challenge with some major heft to it. You can learn more about what could have been in the video below! 

Though Destiny 2 is now in place and more active than ever thanks to some major overhauls, players can still enjoy the first game on Xbox One and PS4. Sorry, no PC for the first title. 

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Liana Ruppert
With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!