Deep Rock Galactic Season 2: Rival Escalation Launches on Steam, Coming Soon to Console

Rival Escalation picks up where Season 01: Rival Incursion left off, and Mission Control is bringing the devoted dwarves on Hoxxes IV another completely free performance pass, a new mission and enemy type, four brand-new secondary weapons, and loads of cosmetics.

Calling veteran miners and new recruits alike, the second edition of Deep Rock Galactic’s completely free performance pass has arrived on Steam, featuring explosive new weapons, new threats, and loads more fresh cosmetics!

Season 02: Rival Escalation is set to drop on Xbox and PlayStation from May 5th, 2022. This fresh resupply of content includes another completely free Performance Pass, a new enemy type to encounter, and unique new secondary weapons for each class. Among the new content for players to unlock, there is a significant update to the cosmetic system, as well as plenty of highly requested quality of life improvements.

Deep Rock Galactic’s fan-loved Performance Pass system was introduced in 2021 to provide fresh content that is accessible to both completely new players, alongside greybeards who have been playing since day one. Since launching in 2020, the co-op first, intergalactic mining shoot-em-up has won multiple awards for its approach to multiplayer, and community which continues to be one of the most supportive and positive in gaming.

With Season 02 set to launch on Xbox and PlayStation on the May 5th, 2022 Ghost Ship Games has also confirmed that the game will be optimized and updated for Series X/S shortly after the new content launches.

Following the same format as its first iteration, Season 02 sees players taking part in missions to rank up through levels of the Performance Pass earning Scrip. This is Ghost Ship Games’ unique take on a battle pass, which includes absolutely no microtransactions. Players must earn their Scrip in-game to unlock unique Beards, Paintjobs, Helmets, Resource Caches, and Weapon Frameworks that can be unlocked through the tree as the season progresses.

Alongside new cosmetics, Deep Rock Galactic has provided more firepower for its employees. Gunners can wield the Armskore Coil Gun strong enough to break clean through solid rock, while Engineers have the incinerating Shard Diffractor that will detonate anything in its path. Scouts meanwhile are able to switch up between a wide selection of customized bolts with the Nishanka Boltshark X-80, and finally, Drillers can bring the heat by harnessing the power of the Colette Wave Cooker.

The final headline update is a new season event. Players will have to navigate a torrent of turret-fire as they race against the clock to take down the operations of a Rival Communications Router, obtaining the data cell within the router and shutting it down before it combusts. Alongside this content, there are loads of quality-of-life adjustments across the game, from the cosmetics system to the overclock forge. You can check out the full patch notes here.

Finally, Ghost Ship Games has also launched a brand new DLC pack to go alongside Season 02, where the Dwarves of Deep Rock Galactic can dismantle and wear the shattered corpses of their robotic foes.

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