Destiny 2’s new Crucible mode, Breakthrough, will be released on Sept. 25, Bungie has revealed. Breakthrough will be available to all players, and Crucible will get some brand new maps designed to “complement” the mode.
Players will fight for control of a central zone at the start of each Breakthrough round. The team to capture the zone will then deploy something called the Breaker, which is used to assault and hack the other team’s Vault. But that other team will be able to contest control of the zone while the team on the offensive is working to deploy the Breaker. Bungie is hoping this will result in battles that feel like they’re a “tug-of-war.”
If the team with control of the zone hacks the other team’s Vault, they’ll win the round, but they’ll lose if they’re unable to do so within a certain time limit. If the timer expires while a Vault is being hacked, Sudden Death will be triggered, ending either when the hack is completed or the other team completely stops the hackers’ progress. The first team to win three round will be the match’s victor.
Seen in the gallery above, the new Breakthrough-centric maps being added for all players are Equinox, Firebase Echo, and the Citadel. PlayStation 4 players are also getting the Gambler’s Run map as an exclusive, while anyone who hasn’t played Destiny 2 since Iron Banner launched on Tuesday will get Convergence as a new map playable in Breakthrough as well.
Breakthrough will begin as the Weekly Featured Playlist next week before being added to Destiny 2’s Competitive playlist beginning Oct 2. Anyone who owns the Forsaken DLC will also be able to being playing Breakthrough in private matches beginning Sept. 25.
Bungie first announced Breakthrough back in July as being part of Forsaken’s content. Forsaken’s raid, Last Wish, took players longer to get through than other raids have, and some players are feeling conflicted over Last Wish’s requirements.
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