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  • Acclaimed Flop: Forsaken has been widely praised by critics and fans alike, but still fell short of Activision's sales predictions. This is partly due to the fact that it's a paid DLC like Destiny's The Taken King, and one that comes on top of the initial game that had a poor first year debut. Overall, a lot of players aren't willing to repeat Destiny's tumultuous life cycle with Destiny 2.
  • Actor Allusion: Should the player get the "We Ran Out of Medals" awards in an Iron Banner match, Saladin will blurt out a sadistic "DIE! DIE! DIE!" before cutting out and reminding himself that he's been watching too many matches. Mind you, Saladin is voiced by Keith Ferguson, who also voices Reaper in Overwatch, where he does indeed shout that line upon activating his ultimate.
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  • Content Leak: Due to the fact that all expansions are pre-loaded a week before release, lore entries from Forsaken onward, plus some quests, have suffered from this despite Bungie's best efforts to classify them. This includes Truth to Power, which is not expected to finish legitimate collection until Q1 2019.
    • The tenth wish in the Wall of Wishes was reassembled from the game's code before it was spotted in-game.
    • The cutscene in which Uldren becomes a Guardian was retrieved from the game files several weeks before Mara's court allowed players to view it in-game.
  • Development Gag:
    • The Exotic Auto Rifle (or more appropriately "Gatling Rifle"), "Sweet Business", was previously going to be name for the "Fourth Horseman" Exotic Shotgun.
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    • The Wardcliff Coil (Originally known as the Dubious Volley) was planned to appear in Destiny, but never materialized. The fandom was ecstatic at the prospect of finally getting to use it.
  • Dueling Works: With Warframe, another loot-heavy co-op shooter (particularly on the PC side of things). Shortly before the PC release, Warframe did a big promotional campaign for its new expansion, getting a lot of new and returning players to take a second look at that game instead of picking up Destiny 2 (which, after four years of updates, had a lot more content than Destiny 2 on launch, on top of being free to play). End result: Warframe siphoning off a good chunk of the Destiny 2's player-base. Extra Credits even did an episode about how Activision had ultimately ended up investing $500 million in marketing... for Warframe.
    • Cross genre with Monster Hunter: World. World's loot and progression mechanics especially the fact that they aren't tied to any sort of microtransaction has also drawn in its fair share of former Destiny 2 players. This is on top of the number of articles in the gaming press directly comparing them in terms of what Destiny 2 can learn from Monster Hunter: World.
  • Easter Egg: In the Sunken Isles of the European Dead Zone, there's a small island populated by an abnormally tough Reaver Vandal and a Shank. This in reference to Destiny 1's "Randal the Vandal", a Reaver Vandal in the Cosmodrome who was unusually tough due to a bug, but became loved by the community.
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    • "Gary" for Dominus Ghaul, after Cayde-6 named him such in the "Rally the Troops" trailer.
    • "Dogs" for Cabal War Beasts, due to their dog-like traits.
    • "Vex Milk" when referring to the white liquid powering the Vex, officially known in-game as Radiolaria
    • The Arcstrider Subclass for Hunters has quickly been nicknamed "Pole Dancer", due to having a lot of similarities with the "Bladedancer" Subclass that it replaces, with the most noticeable difference being the use of a staff instead of the knife.
    • The Sentinel Subclass has been nicknamed Captain America due to the fact its main source of combat is throwing a shield that rebounds and comes back to you no matter what.
    • "Slowva Bomb" for the Voidwalker subclass super with Attunement of Chaos equipped, due to how slowly it moves.
    • When finally meeting Emperor Calus aboard the Leviathan, players find themselves calling him Jabba the Hutt, especially with his relaxed pose during the encounter's cutscene.
    • Due to the prevalence of the MIDA Multi-Tool in the Trials of the Nine, many have started referring to it as the "Trials of the MIDA".
      • Similarly, after Curse of Osiris debuted the Prometheus Lens, which thanks to a bug was completely broken in PvP, and Xur ended up selling the exotic in the same weekend, the names "The Trials of Prometheus" and "Laser Tag" saw some use.
    • "Teamshotting" is a term used for one of the most common strategies used in the Crucible in its 4v4 format, where most (if not all) of the fireteam simply picks on one opponent at a time.
    • Xol is sometimes referred to as the Alaskan Bull Worm given he's a literal giant worm and the setting for Warmind is on Mars's frozen landscape.
    • Due to his annoying tendency to fire rockets in all directions during a section of his boss fight, Val Ca'uor has been christened by fans as Rockets McDickface II; a nod to the previous holder of the nickname, Valus Ta'aurc.
      • Similarly, him slightly bending over and getting engulfed in corruption early in the boss fight is often referred to as taking a dump.
    • Morgeth, the Spirekeeper is sometimes referred to as "Swolgoroth" (in reference to Golgoroth from King's Fall), due to the pustules all over his body making him look incredibly muscular compared to regular Ogres.
    • Chimeras, especially the Ascendant Prime Servitor required to start the Malfeasance quest, are often referred to as "meatballs," or, in the case of the Servitor, Meatwad.
    • TR 3-VR, the sweeper automaton that patrols the maze and rushes towards you with a grinder in "Zero Hour", has been christened as "Trevor".
    • Golmuut, the Ogre that serves as the boss of the Cargo Bay 3 Lost Sector on Titan, is usually referred to as the overly mundane name "Greg" by players who are constantly farming Lost Sector clears.
    • Due to the overabundant flora in the "Garden of Salvation" raid, as well as fighting Vex that are covered in leaves, players have taken a liking to naming it "Vault of Grass" as a nod to Destiny's very first raid.
  • Fandom Nod: Cayde-6 is essentially an Audience Surrogate during the "Rally The Troops" trailer - he complains about losing all of his old gear, gives the Big Bad a mundane nickname, and ultimately only manages to rouse the Guardians by promising a lot of new loot.
  • The Other Darrin: Nolan North replaces Nathan Fillion as Cayde-6 for his appearance in Forsaken, given the latter actor's schedule prevented him from doing further voicework for Cayde after Destiny 2's launch.
  • Throw It In!: The incredibly silly "Operation Babydog" opening happened completely on accident. Thankfully, Lance Reddick and Gideon Emery managed to keep in character when talking it over, both Corpsing heavily.
  • Troubled Production. According to Jason Schreier, the game underwent a complete reboot in production about sixteen months from release when Luke Smith took over as Game Director. Apparently, many of the current woes that the fandom is expressing (Mainly the Eververse) can be traced back to this decision. For anyone who thinks that this sounds familiar, that's because the exact same thing happened to the first game.
    • People who have paid visits to the actual headquarters of Bungie have discovered that there is a strong internal disagreement with many of the negatively-received aspects of the game. No one knows the full extent of this, but given the wording of these accounts, at best, it's A House Divided, at worst, you could count the amount of people who genuinely like said aspects on one hand, namely the directors.
    • During the Season of the Drifter near the end of Year 2, Activision and Bungie officially parted ways on game development, after having a difficult relationship from the start of the franchise. Rumors imply that Bungie threw a party to celebrate. Year 3 and the release of Shadowkeep was Bungie making the game closer to what they wanted it to be, but the overhaul on PC was massive as they had to switch from the Battle.Net client to Steam.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: After the release of the Dawning, at least one individual began to propagate rumors that datamined files from the update pointed towards Expansion II being called "Heralds of Nezarec" (yes, that Nezarec from the Warlock helmet), set on Enceladus with ten missions, three strikes, two new enemy races, and the return of Ana Bray. This was proven fake for three reasons: One, this contradicts the nigh-confirmation that Expansion II is called Gods of Mars and will be set on Mars, two, the content described is over-ambitious for a non-Comet expansion, and three, most importantly, the individual(s) circulating the "leak" never provided any "datamined" files to back up their statements, thus making everything an enormous Ass Pull.
    • A little over a week later, what appeared to be the same person who created the fake "Heralds of Nezarec" leak created a new supposed leak, this time with confirmed information used instead of made-up information. However, the community again found that it was fake due to the image being photoshopped, the Japanese used in the image clearly being translated from English and then back to perfect English (when it was claimed to be machine-translated), and overall just not lining up with anything. Also, a closer look at the image shows that it's just "Heralds of Nezarec" with the names changed.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Coldheart used to be a heat-based weapon, but was immediately changed to ice upon realizing that it contradicted with the weapon's design. By release, it's become an Arc weapon; initial hopes of a new ice damage type being added to the classic trio at release have been dashed.
    • Sweet Business was initially a pulse rifle with the same function. It was also green before being switched to red.
    • A large chunk of The Inverted Spire's dialogue was cut from the final release, most likely due to complaints about the unrealistically childish nature of the writing.
    • Early concept art for Riven's appearance had her taking a much more Taken aesthetic, lacking the eyes and nested maw of her final version and having root-like appendages for limbs.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: In response to the continued negativity, Bungie's own website forums will be restricted to players who actually have a Destiny account, and Destiny 2 topics will have an extra requirement of having played the game up to reaching the Farm. This effectively locks out anyone who doesn't own the game, even veteran members of the site.
  • The Wiki Rule: Destinypedia, Destiny Game Wiki, Destiny 2 Wiki, Gamepedia Destiny Wiki, and Wikia Destiny Wiki.
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