Last night Bungie published its latest Destiny 2 development roadmap and, amongst the game's expected upcoming additions, lay a surprise: Crucible Labs.

Beginning very soon - on 29th May - Destiny 2's player-versus-player mode will host "experimental" new content, Bungie explained.

"Update 1.2.1 will include a new feature intended to give you a peek behind the scenes and a louder voice in our creative process," design lead Derek Carroll said.

"Crucible Labs will give every player of Destiny 2 access to experimental PvP content. We'll then have a chance to solicit your feedback to guide our final iterations. You'll learn more about Labs before launch."

It's unusual for Bungie to reveal a feature this close to launching it. It's especially unusual for it to be something designed to be unpolished.

But after a shaky launch and a subsequent reversal of various earlier ideas (such as reviving six-versus-six Cruicible matches) Bungie looks to be continuing its quest to win back fans by providing new things to do, quicker.

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So, what might Labs offer? Well, it's hard to imagine Destiny 2 getting a 100-player battle royale mode anytime soon. But experiments with new playstyles, rules and modifiers seem likely. Destiny 2 is a game at its best when it doesn't take itself too seriously - when it's fun. Here's hoping Crucible Labs provides a bit more of that.

Elsewhere in the roadmap, you'll note a new summer seasonal event - Solstice of Heroes - plus the return of bounties, and a prestige mode for Destiny 2's two raid lairs. That's all coming in July.

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