If video games have taught us anything over the years, it’s that grappling hooks are the most exciting new feature you can add to a franchise.
Lot 2: Lightfall, the 2023 expansion to the MMO, has Guardians swinging around on a grappling hook with their new Strand powers, which Bungie originally revealed back in August. But in the expansion’s latest trailer, which debuted at The Game Awards 2023, players got to see some grappling hook gameplay that confirmed that Guardians can grapple with anything – even their fellow Guardians.
About thirty seconds into the new trailer, when the beautiful cinematic moments are over, we see a Thundercrash Titan take off with their Super. Now, for the uninitiated, Thundercrash has added a Super Lot 2: Abandoned, causing the Titan to turn their bodies into a missile, literally sending them flying through the air until they crash into something. The super isn’t new, but the fighter using his grapple to hitch a ride on the Thundercrash is.
Bungie knows how to make a flashy trailer, and this moment takes the cake. The Thundercrash Titan slides into a group of enemies and the Hunter is able to fly through the air with them. When the duo lands, they both start kicking each other, and we even see the fighter grapple into an enemy cabal and perform some kind of melee execution on them.
The rodeo Hunter is certainly the highlight of the trailer, but there are plenty of other interesting Strand tidbits and possible teases hidden within (plus we get plenty of shots from the beautiful Neomuna destination).
Twenty-two seconds into the trailer, we see a fighter slammed to the ground. When they land, all the Cabal around them lifts into the air and hangs. We see the same effect later in the trailer where a handful of Cabal float – captured by Strand – around a Warlock standing in a Rift.
During a firefight, which begins 23 seconds into the trailer, we see a Titan shooting what looks like green bullets from a new gun. Green bullets may not seem out of place in one Lot 2 trailer, but the color of the bullet usually matches that of the element of the weapon. It took almost a year to get Legendary Stasis weapons in the era of Beyond the lightbut this makes it seem like Guardians are getting Strand weapons almost immediately Lighting. Shortly after the Thundercrash segment, we also see a Titan blast a Towering Barricade, causing a huge blade to carve out in front of them, searching for nearby Cabal targets.
Just before the minute mark, we see all three classes cast their new Strand Supers, which we’ve mostly seen before. However, this trailer seems to confirm that the Titan’s new Blade-hands Super is yet another roving Super ability – something that Titan players are already quite familiar with. The Hunter Rope-Dart Super appears to have a huge turning radius, allowing the Guardian to slice up a group of Cabal with ease, and the Warlock Super summons a bunch of homing missiles out of nowhere.
The rest of the trailer focuses mainly on story and cinematic moments, rather than gameplay. However, we do see a Titan sprint through a glass window in the back half of the trailer. This animation mirrors many of the other shoulder-loading abilities that Titans have access to, and will likely be one of the Strand melee options.
The trailer is packed with plenty of other tantalizing moments worth mentioning. If you’re interested in a longer analysis, we recommend watching Aztecross’ analysis video.
Bungie will release Lot 2: Lightfall for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X on February 28, 2023.