Destiny 2's new Season of the Drifter is live - and amidst all the hype of the new Gambit Prime game mode, Bungie could just have dropped a juicy little easter egg pointing to the future of the series and just how much - or little - we should trust the Drifter.
It's an easter egg you need your ears for, and a healthy "I love a conspiracy!" mindset, but we think that hidden in the music for the latest 'Destiny 2 : Gambit Prime – Season Of The Drifter Features Trailer ' is a pretty strong audio cue to the closing scene of the vanilla Destiny 2 campaign - which foreshadowed the appearance of the Darkness .
Cast your mind back to the end of the vanilla campaign. After defeating Dominus Ghaul and watching his subsequent vaporisation by the Traveler, the massive explosion of Light across the galaxy appeared to awaken the mysterious dark pyramidal ships of the Traveler's ultimate enemy: the Darkness.
Just as the Light hits the Darkness fleet, there plays a distinctive low and menacing six-note Hans Zimmer-esque audio cue that to our ears is not heard anywhere else in Destiny. Until now.
Cue up the new Drifter features trailer, and go to the 0:50 mark, and you get an ugly and quite incongruous throwaway little three-note musical motif, right at the end of the trailer just after the words "But winning is just the beginning...", hit the screen. Winning for who? The beginning of what? Juicy Gambit prizes, or something more ominous?
Hmm. It sounds kinda janky and ugly, one might say deliberately out of place. Where have we heard something like that before?
Maybe we're looking too deep, but to us it has more than a passing similarity to the same music that ushered the first appearance of the Darkness , captured here on S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s YouTube channel. Hop to the 78s mark. Pure coincidence, maybe. But we don't believe in coincidences when it comes to Destiny lore.
We already know the Drifter is an extremely shady character who is not beyond killing Guardians permanently just to test his armour pieces , and game lore points heavily to him having a hand in the death of Cayde-6.
Whether it's just a fun nod to our paranoid side, or a strong hint at some imminent Darkness action due in the Season of the Shadow in the summer, who knows.
We're suspicious of that Drifter... he just doesn't seem alright, alright, alright.