'The Darkness' is a very vague term that Destiny likes to throw at players on a regular basis. Essentially, it's a blanket term that covers all of the bad aliens that you're tasked with shooting - but what actually is the Darkness? Is it some kind of evil energy? Is it an almighty entity that's trying to conquer the universe? We just don't know - and it turns out that developer Bungie doesn't know either.
In an interview with Kotaku, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith admits that the studio doesn't even know what the Darkness is or was. "We had no idea what it was. Straight up. We had no clue," Smith says. "We didn’t know what it was, and we, for a period, we chose [that] we’re going to lump all the races [in together], and you see this in the tooltips in the game. “Minions of the darkness,” he continues. "We had taken all the races and said, “Ah, they’ll just be The Darkness.” But that’s not what the IP deserves. It’s like, literally not."
So, does that mean Bungie's scrapping the Darkness for the upcoming sequel? Apparently so. Smith goes into more detail: "And so what we’re doing with Destiny 2 is, we are deliberately telling a story about the Light. And what it means to be chosen. And as such, we’re in the process of removing the term “Darkness” from the game." Well, as long as "the Light" is properly explained, that sounds like a good idea to us.
Does this come as any surprise to you? Did you ever wonder what the Darkness actually was? Just go and headshot some extraterrestrials in the comments section below.