Destiny 2 might have to do without the services of erstwhile fan-favorite Cayde-6, according to a trailer released by Bungie during Sony's E3 2018 press conference last night. The trailer, which was focused entirely on aesthetic rather than gameplay, sees the polarizing Exo character take a hand cannon blast directly to the face.
Destiny 2 is gearing up for the release of its Forsaken expansion, which will be released on Sept. 4. The expansion is a key component in Bungie's plan to revitalize the game, which has seen a lot of its player base begin to hemorrhage over concerns regarding end-game content and the story's general pace of progression over the past year. Given that those concerns were the same ones that sunk Destiny from a defining presence of the last generation to one of its could've-been greats, Bungie has ramped up its previews of Forsaken and has been including a lot of the changes fans have been requesting.
One thing that fans haven't asked for, however, is the death of the beloved Cayde-6. Unfortunately, the Destiny 2 E3 2018 trailer makes things pretty clear that this is the end for the Guardian, confirming rumors that surfaced from earlier fan datamining that suggested Cayde-6 would be perishing at some point during Destiny 2's narrative. The trailer opens with Cayde-6 looking extremely rough, missing a piece of his face and wheezing heavily, before the camera pans around to reveal an antagonist that looks an awful lot like Uldren Sov, the brother of Mara Sov, Queen of the Reef. Uldren or not, the antagonist smirks before offing Cayde-6 with the Ace of Spades hand cannon, stepping over him on his way out of the scene.
Will Destiny 2: Forsaken actually be the last time players get to see the wise-talking Exo alive? Given that the art for the game showcased at the end of the trailer depicts a Guardian carrying Cayde-6's limp body, there's the potential that he might be saved. He's been such a big part of Destiny lore that killing him off in a trailer feels like it might just be a way to get fans emotionally invested in the expansion, too.
According to Bungie's Scott Taylor and Steve Cotton, who guested on the YouTube E3 Show with Geoff Keighley and fielded some questions, Cayde-6 is very much dead, however. The developers were adamant that he would not be recovering from his state and, while they might be trying to preserve a well-kept secret about his ultimate fate, it does appear that this really is the end of the line for one of Destiny 2's most iconic characters.
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