Destiny 2 might finally be unveiling a few details about The Darkness, the series' most mysterious villains. A recent data-mining adventure from some Destiny fans unearthed info that provides some clues about the race's appearance and powers, with the potential for even more detail coming in the upcoming Forsaken expansion.
The Darkness has been present in Destiny from the very beginning, juxtaposing The Traveler and the Light that the Guardians subsist on as a kind of all-consuming, mindless hunger. Originally, it wasn't a hundred percent clear whether The Darkness referred to a kind of galactic power, an ascended tribe of one of the other villainous races within the game, or an all-new race that was coming later. Slowly, fans began to piece together the likelihood that The Darkness was the latter, and with the new info, that seems all but confirmed - with some interesting twists on what they represent, too.
The datamine in question was highlighted by a redditor named dobby_rams, who produced a collection of new character The Drifter's lore tabs. What followed was a description of what seems to be a planet filled with creatures who belong to The Darkness race. The description makes them sound almost as though they are ancestors from which some other races descended, but fans can glean what they want to from this quote from the datamine:
"Anyway, this thing - the creature - looked like it shared common bioenergetics with the Hive, but there were no records then or since that I've ever seen of Humanity's encounters with them. And the creature had a property the Hive did not have. It produced a field that repressed Light - like a Darkness Zone, but contained to a gooey, vacuous form with no head."
There are two interesting things of note in that description. First, whatever that creature is has a strange physiology that isn't consistent with any other race introduced thus far, but is consistent with the initial concept featured above that Destiny was originally going to feature five races rather than four, and the fifth race was going to be smoky and amorphous, flanked by pyramid ships. That's a big nod that whatever The Drifter found is likely The Darkness.
The second bit of info that sticks out is the fact that these creatures are able to repress Light just by existing. If that isn't a quality one would associate with The Darkness, it seems the community would be hard-pressed to find anything that's a better fit. That quality, coupled with the Pyramid ships that were shown to be on their way in the Destiny 2 post-credits scene, strongly suggest we're going to be getting our first glimpse of The Darkness in the Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion next week.
Of course, if the lore of Destiny has taught Guardians anything at this point, it's that a lot of the sweeter stuff remains buried. This could be just another case of some really sweet lore being hinted at but not coming to fruition, so approach this information with caution. That being said, it's beginning to pile up at a rate that suggests Bungie is taking a meaningful run at introducing The Darkness, which is something any Destiny fan is going to be excited about.