Bungie initially supposed to launch Destiny 2: Beyond Light on Sept. 22. But, Bungie delayed the enlargement till Nov. 10, giving gamers a bit extra time with the sport earlier than Bungie removes 4 planets and a heap of outdated content material.

Players like me — procrastinators — desperately wanted this time. I’ve spent hours in Season of Arrivals doing content material I hate simply to ensure I can gather the whole lot earlier than it disappears without end. It’s been a brutal couple of months, and I’ve miles to go earlier than I sleep.

All work and no play

Destiny 2 title screen Reckoner

All that work for that goofy, purple banner
Image: Bungie

Two weeks in the past, I completed one thing I promised myself I might by no means do in Destiny 2: I earned the Reckoner title. Reckoner is the rarest title — a listing of achievements that, when accomplished, grants a cool nickname to go beneath your username — and for good cause. The Reckoner title first arrived throughout Season of Drifter in 2019, and includes taking part in extra video games of Gambit Prime than I ever needed to play. But Reckoner is leaving the sport on Nov. 10. The deliberate removing gave me simply the kick within the butt I wanted.

To get Reckoner, you may have to win 60 video games of Gambit Prime, use quite a lot of completely different armor units with distinctive talents — every of which comes from the Reckoning, a special, equally horrible exercise from Season of the Drifter — and full particular targets like stealing motes, killing enemy gamers, and destroying a complete wave of enemies by your self.

As somebody who already doesn’t take pleasure in Gambit Prime or the Reckoning, this was my nightmare. Even in the event you’re good at Gambit Prime, the title takes effectively over 100 matches. And with the best way the targets work, essentially the most environment friendly means to full Reckoner is to straight up depart matches as soon as the boss spawns (as you may’t make progress on issues like stealing motes or killing High Value Targets).

But Reckoner isn’t the one Destiny grind I’m forcing myself via this season. I’m working outdated raids and actions each week to get mods which are going away — mods I might have if I would like to get a aggressive edge within the upcoming Beyond Light raid.

I’m additionally re-running the Reckoning even after getting the Reckoner title to ensure I get all of the armor, so my little Collection badge glows gold.

I’m spending tons of time in-game, and having nearly zero enjoyable doing it.

Why would anybody do that to themselves?

Destiny 2 Collections tab

Behold: my stuff
Image: Bungie

The query of “why” is one thing I’ve requested myself continuously. Destiny 2, for me, is a recreation all about gathering issues. If I can’t have all of it, why have any of it?

This sounds silly. And it is silly. But additionally? It’s what drives me to play. When Bungie introduced it might take away the power to get the Reckoner title, I briefly toyed with simply skipping it.

“I hate Gambit,” I believed. “Why would I play over 100 matches of something I hate just for a title?”

But the longer I entertained this concept, the better it was to cease caring about gathering different issues I didn’t have. If I’m not going to get the title, why would I hassle to farm these mods? Will it actually make that a lot of a distinction if I didn’t have them come Beyond Light? I felt that want to gather slipping away from me — all the cause I sustain with Destiny 2.

The second I miss one thing, and it goes away without end, my Collection won’t ever be full. There are loads of issues I haven’t bothered to earn in Destiny 2 — just like the Unbroken title — however I’m OK with not having it so long as I can nonetheless get it. Eventually.

My Destiny 2 Collection and Triumphs are essential to me as a result of I’ve collected all of it legitimately over 1,500 hours of playtime. And I’ve by no means missed a weapon or merchandise that’s not within the recreation. It’s a self-appointed worth — this assortment issues to me and solely me.

I’ve spent very actually lots of of hours within the Destiny franchise doing stuff I didn’t need to do for the reward. But the true “reward” isn’t the merchandise and even the title. It’s the entire image of my Destiny expertise.

So once I sport my Reckoner title or use these mods in November, I gained’t take into consideration how painful it was to get all of it. I’ll simply open my menu, look upon my huge, in-game accomplishments, and really feel full.