Destiny 2: New Light will attract a lot of new players to the series because of its pivot to releasing a huge chunk of content as free-to-play. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will bring a lot of lapsed players back into the fold. Destiny’s story in general is…not the easiest to follow, even for the most die-hard players.
For all three groups, there is only one name you need to know, MyNameisByf.
Byf is a loremaster, ie. someone who spends his time explaining Destiny’s story and lore, and doing it in a compelling and high-quality fashion. He makes videos about pretty much all the major story components of every Destiny release and expansion, from stuff that’s front and center in the main story, to tiny sub-plots that most players may never even knew existed in the world.
Well, now he’s back with what might be his magnum opus. That would be a massive, nearly four hour project where he tells the complete story of Destiny, or at least its most important components, ahead of the release of New Light and Shadowkeep. It can be good to have on in the background as you listen to his trademark soothing voice, but if you do that, you’ll miss some of the killer visuals from the video, including work from my favorite Destiny artist, Brian Moncus, who worked with Byf on this project.
Given that I am publishing this shortly after the video went live (it’s currently in live premiere stream mod), I have clearly not watched all four hours yet. But I’m about to dive in and I know that Byf is not going to let me down, given that I’ve already invested probably 50+ hours watching his other videos over the past few years. My guess is you can find four hours to fit this in before Tuesday’s launch, do something productive with that 24 hour downtime on Monday.
I spoke with Byf about the release of this massive project, and he told me that with his three man team it took two months to produce and for Moncus to do the art, a few weeks to write the 28,500 word script, four days to record it and ten days to edit it. Whew.
I asked him about what his goals were for the project, and how it differs from his past major videos:
“The goals for the project this time around were simple,” Byf said. “Create a complete start to finish timeline, fill in at least a few gaps in our knowledge or correct previous misconceptions and finally make a resource for new players that would be ready for the launch of Destiny’s free-to-play edition. I wanted to a support the studio’s decision and to help ease people into the game. It’s also more watchable with about 15 clear sections and small moments where the sections clearly break up so that people can watch this in parts or in a single marathon sitting.”
As for how to pick all the various pieces of story and lore for this “highlight” approach, Byf just asked a simple question: “Is this is significant time period or story in the history of Destiny? If “Yes” it goes in,” he said.
Finally, I asked him where he hoped to see Destiny’s story go in Shadowkeep and beyond as the community member most connected to the lore.
“Going forward I want to see Destiny continue with the great standards that the writers established with Forsaken and the content of the last year,” Byf said. “However, I personally would like to see a particularly persistent focus on asking interesting questions of the player (eg. should we forgive Uldren or is it right to kill him in Forsaken?) so that we get to better immerse the players in Destiny. I’d also love to see them move closer to the feel of something like Star Wars in terms of the greater narrative. Destiny’s stories with the exception of The Taken King and D2 Vanilla have been very personal, but with grand consequences. I want to see more of the scale of Sol like we did when Mara’s fleet attacked Oryx. I want to see the fleet that the city has constructed through factions like Dead Orbit play some kind of part in the story or to see the consensus change life for a regular citizen in the city. “
He also mentions that he wants to directly connect on a more personal level with the residents of the Last City, taking quests for them and learning their stories that way, which is something Destiny hasn’t done, leaving quest assignment to major story players only, more or less.
Anyway, I know four hours is a lot, but it’s a hell of an introduction to a universe that truly does have a fascinating story, if you can have it explained to you properly. And that’s what Byf does better than anyone. Enjoy.
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