Destiny 2's "Season of the Witch" and Diablo 4's "Season of Blood" are in the same boat
The Season of the Witch in Destiny 2 and the Season of Blood in Diablo 4 share similarities in terms of themes and release dates, thereby increasing ...
Despite some issues with recent expansions, the positive reception of the Season of the Witch could pave the way for the upcoming expansion of Destiny 2, The Final Shape, just as Diablo 4's Season of Blood has the potential to improve upon the mistakes of its first season and find success with its creepy themes.
The Season of the Witch in Destiny 2 puts Eris Morn in the spotlight, while Diablo 4 introduces a new character in Season 2: Erys, the Vampire Hunter. Both games face similar challenges and provide players with opportunities to confront them.
Destiny 2 is not necessarily known for its cheerful stories explored in its seasons or expansions. Often, it delves into themes of trauma, death, the consequences of loss, and the toll they can take, among other topics, as Guardians traverse the solar system to combat humanity's enemies. Similarly, Diablo 4's campaign follows a dark aesthetic and addresses the dark themes that players expect from the series. However, what's interesting are the connections shared by the current Season of the Witch in Destiny 2 and the upcoming Season of Blood in Diablo 4. In both cases, there is much more than meets the eye at first glance.
The Season of Malice in Diablo 4 did not meet expectations due to patch notes that primarily contained nerfs for all classes. Disappointing or simply uninteresting seasonal activities that quickly lost their appeal, along with a general feeling that there weren't many differences from the base game's offerings, contributed to this. However, the Season of Blood is set to launch on October 17th, and so far, Blizzard seems to be making good decisions based on the reveal trailer at Gamescom. Interestingly, the Season of the Witch in Destiny 2 and the Season of Blood in Diablo 4 will not only overlap in terms of dates for at least one month, but they also share other similarities.
Destiny 2's Season of the Witch and Diablo 4's Season of Blood Share Multiple Similarities
Despite addressing some Lightfall issues through the Season of the Depths in Destiny 2, the mood among players has not improved after the problematic launch of the latest expansion. However, the Season of the Witch offers new content and a more diverse player experience thanks to Destiny 2's new deck-building mechanics. The new storyline focusing on Eris Morn's encounters with the Hive also has its merits for the overarching narrative.
So far, the response to the Season of the Witch has been well above average, and that could help with the upcoming launch of Destiny 2's expansion "The Final Shape" in February of next year. Similarly, Diablo 4's Season of Blood has the opportunity to address many of the issues that occurred in the first season, which could help the game succeed before its already planned expansions. Interestingly, Diablo 4's second season features a character with a similar name to Destiny 2's iconic Eris Morn, this time a vampire hunter named Erys, who will assist players in dealing with the many vampires in the Season of Blood.
This is most likely a coincidence, but it is interesting that both characters use the Greek name Eris, which means "strife" and was the name of the goddess of discord - the one who, according to mythology, accidentally triggered the Trojan War. It is also noteworthy that both seasons share particularly eerie themes and will both be active around Halloween - with Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost event also taking place in the Season of the Witch. Although the games are quite different, they are currently facing similar challenges and offering similar content or opportunities to face these challenges.
It is still too early to determine whether Diablo 4's Season of Blood will be successful, but the foundation is not only enticing but it seems that Blizzard has learned a valuable lesson from the debacle of the first season. At the same time, the initial success of Destiny 2's Season of the Witch could finally lay the groundwork for a new beginning in the era of Lightfall if Season 23 proves to be as impactful as players hope before The Final Shape.
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