Destiny 2: Here’s How Shadowkeep’s New Armor 2.0 System Will Function

As part of its recent Destiny 2 Shadowkeep unveiling, Bungie said it wants to fully embrace the game’s RPG mechanics. A big part of that process will be a revamped armor system which Bungie has aptly dubbed as Armor 2.0. The new system will allow players to focus on the armor they enjoy wearing while also further diversifying their characters.

Destiny 2 Armor 2.0 System

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Armor 2.0 system

The Armor 2.0 system wasn’t a big part of Shadowkeep’s reveal, but Bungie did drop a few intruiging clues. The studio acknowledged that, currently, Destiny 2 players are often forced to make a tough choice. They must decide between the armor they enjoy seeing, and the armor that has the best stats and/or perks. With Armor 2.0, Bungie wants to ensure players never have to make that choice again.

The first big change included in the Armor 2.0 system involves armor mods. The current mod system isn’t very intuitive since players often risk “wasting” mods on potentially obsolete armor. If a player finds a better armor piece, there’s no way to remove or transfer the older piece’s mod. Worse, finding a specific mod is often a real pain, and installing multiple mods can get expensive.

With Armor 2.0, players won’t have to stockpile individual armor mods. Instead, each armor piece will have a segmented energy bar. Players will then apply up to three mods from their unlocked mod list. Different mods will use up different amounts of energy depending on how powerful their effects are. This means a player could apply three lesser mods, 1-2 high-tier mods, or some other combination.

New Armor Stats

Another big change coming with Destiny 2’s Armor 2.0 system is the inclusion of three new stat types. Each armor piece will still have Mobility, Resilience, and Recovery like they do currently. After Armor 2.0, though, they’ll also have Strength, Discipline, and Intellect stats, making for six in total.  It’s not yet clear how exactly these new stats will affect the player’s Guardian (perhaps Strength will increase melee damage?). What is clear is that the presence of six customizable stats will give players greater control over how each individual armor piece functions.

Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep expansion is set to launch on September 17, 2019. You can learn more about the expansion here.