Destiny 2 is going free-to-play as Destiny 2: New Light as Bungie confirms Steam launch and cross-save

Steam, free-to-play, cross-saves, and Shadowkeep are all now confirmed.

    
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(This article has been updated since publication; updates are at the end, and the original is as follows.)

In what at least appears to be an unintentional goof, Engadget, where most of our Old Massively work is still entombed, posted an article this morning announcing that Destiny 2 will go free-to-play on September 17th in conjunction with its Shadowkeep expansion. The article is gone now, but snaps preserved on Reddit suggest that the game will be renamed Destiny 2: New Light and will include all of the game’s year-one content, like “foundational modes, activities, and rewards.”

Of course, given just how many well-timed leaks have been rolling through this week, we wouldn’t fault you for wondering whether it’s all been planned just a little too conveniently. For example, we previously learned that the game will come to Google’s new Stadia platform and that cross-saving will be possible. And of course, the Shadowkeep datamining and leaks have already made clear the expansion itself will return us to the moon and include both a raid and a dungeon.

Destiny 2 going free to play

The full reveal is expected today at 1 p.m. EDT.

Source: Reddit, Eurogamer
Update
The full stream is up now, confirming pretty much all the rumors. During the stream, Bungie made it clear it’s moved on from its Activision breakup with a Steam launch and move to focus on the more MMOish and social elements of the game. Shadowkeep is indeed launching on September 17th and taking players to the moon as promised. It’ll be a standalone campaign, meaning you can skip previous seasons. Cross-save will work for PC, Xbox, Stadia, and PS4, with no exclusive content. And yes, all the game’s year-one content will be bundled in a free-to-play version called New Light.

According to Kotaku, the PS4 cross-save decision was particularly precarious, as Bungie and Sony came to an agreement only yesterday.

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kofteburger

A surprise to be sure but a welcome one.

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Randy Savage

And they’ve finally admitted that Destiny is indeed an MMO lol

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Danny Smith

me after the expansion trailer: ‘boy that looks neat, i hope its not recycling existing enemies as a different colour again!’

not ten minutes later from bungie: ‘so the darkness is bringing back all the dead enemies as ‘nightmares’.

Fucksake bungie. This is the 5th, arguably 6th time you have done this now. Make a new race already or just do something with the existing ones.

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Dug From The Earth

See… Im one of those people who bought the original game, the deluxe version even that came with all the year one content.

No, im not upset that after so much time, the game is now F2P.

What I AM upset at is that even AFTER having paid for what I did, the game STILL requires me to pay another 60 dollars just to have the game be what it SHOULD have been at release. (IE: everything that came with Forsaken )

Thats what is complete and utter BS.

Know what else is complete BS

Forsaken USED to cost 40 bucks.

Now, its 60!! All because the base game is now free.

Those of us who waited to buy because we felt ripped off that we had to pay MORE money for things that should have been part of the game initially, are now DOUBLE screwed.

Bungie will never get another dollar of my money.

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Lejon

i so agree, i paid once already and now i have to pay again? what a letdown…

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Jack Kerras

It seems incredibly weird (and a little disingenuous) to me that you’ve been playing a game for all of this time, have put money and time into it, and are mad for having to put more than $60 into it.

$60 for a AAA single-player game is a totally fucking normal amount of money-per-game even if the game only lasts 10-15hrs, and yet somehow $160 over the course of two years and potentially hundreds or thousands of hours is outrageous despite the fact that the same amount of time in WoW costs basically the same amount -if- you pay by the year instead of the month; if you go month-to-month you’re in it for a box price plus a year at $15, so… what, $30, then another $180? And that’s just if you didn’t start at the beginning; SOME OF US have spent $60+40+40+40+40 -and- years of on-and-off membership, but you know what?

The game has recurring fucking costs.

This is a site -completely about- online games; EVERYTHING here costs money to run and improve, and arguing that the game SHOULD have been better on release is useless; of course it should have been, but it couldn’t be. It came out in exactly the state it -could- come out in, and comparison against your fantasy version of what things Might Have Been is only causing you agita.

Bungie weren’t in control of their business model then, and they are now. They’re doing something which can potentially -massively- benefit us down the road essentially at their own risk. Being up-in-arms about them for doing precisely what everyone knew they were going to do anyway, especially considering their leadership at the time, seems ridiculous. If you want to just not play a surprisingly good video game as a result of it costing sixteen cents an hour instead of fifteen, sure, I guess, do you.

It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me, though. We make out like fucking -bandits- on this hobby compared to literally everything else humans like to do, even if sometimes the companies that make games are shitty to us (and they surely are).

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Dug From The Earth

I find it incredibly weird how there is always at least one person who reads into things.

1. I said I bought the original game
2. No where did I say im still playing, or that ive been playing for “All this time”

In fact, the fact I mentioned how I dont have the Forsaken expansion sorta says, “They probably arent playing the game because Bungie has made the game really hard and unrewarding to play if you dont have the latest expansions”

I stopped about 3 months into the games release. Because it felt like an incomplete game. An incomplete game that I paid 90 bucks for.

Then they released Forsaken expansion for 40 bucks. People raved about how it FINALLY made the game what it SHOULD have been at release. I wasnt going to come back to the game, pay ANOTHER 40 bucks just to have the game FINALLY be what it should have been at launch. Maybe I would have paid 20 bucks… so I was waiting for a sale… but even then I didnt feel like I should have to PAY for something that should have been part of the initial package I bought.

Now, instead of the hopes of a 40 dollar expense becoming 20… its now 60!!

disingenuous?

hardly…. this is grade A corporate rip off mechanics in action.
The disingenuous thing is only from Bungies end… because they did this SAME exact BS strategy with D1 (taken king).

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BalsBigBrother

So according to the Eurogamer article linked the free to play for Destiny 2 will launch on September 15.

You know what releases two days prior to that? A game that also happens to be a shoot and loot co-op experience, its a small game you probably never heard of called Borderlands 3 (Sept. 13)

So yeah not the best launch window for Bungie to pick in my opinion but what do I know. Going to be interesting to watch what happens in a slow motion car crash sort of way.

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Ernost

Interesting. I wonder if this contributed to them choosing Steam, i.e. since Borderlands 3 will be an Epic Store exclusive, choosing Steam gives Bungie an advantage (Steam’s gigantic userbase).

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BalsBigBrother

It would have been even more interesting to see if they were both on Steam so we could do a direct comparison of numbers. Sadly as Epic are not so transparent in that regard its going to confuse things a little. Either way I expect the PR machines will go into over drive on both sides.

Personally I expect that Borderland 3 is going to take the lions share and keep folks interested longer in this particular battle. While Destiny 2 will probably pick up some more folks thanks to being on Steam along with its free to play option I think interest in it will fall off again pretty quickly.

Still I am going to be watching this one and will be interested to see how it play out.

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Bannex

Im kinda surprised more games don’t do this. At some point the box price is actually potentially making you lose money while your team is pushing out seasonal content.

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Randy Savage

I got the base game for free from that promotion they were running awhile back so I might come back to check out all this new content unlocking for free, but I’m pretty happy with the Division 2. The loot feels far more rewarding.

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Greaterdivinity

I’m irrationally salty over this because I paid full price for all that content, but between not having played the game since Warmind and the fact that I got my monies worth early on I’m not actually mad.

This should be great for the game though. Sounds like Bungie is making some big moves now that they’re on their own, and the influx of players should really help the population and their bottom line. I’m curious to see how they’ll handle post-launch support for the expansion.

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Tobasco da Gama

When we go to the moon, will there be Wizards there?

I have to admit, I’ve been a little curious about Destiny 2 since Bungie bought itself out from under ActiBlizz, but not so curious as to pay the $60 entry fee or whatever. So from my perspective, at any rate, this is a pretty good move.

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cursedseishi

I’d argue anyone would be crazy to pay for Destiny 2 at full price. The issues that were at launch , though, did guarantee the game’s used price dropped sharply. I had bought it used a year ago or so for near 7-8 bucks, and this just means I get the rest of the ‘basic’ content free.

Though I’d also argue that just because the game is going free to play? They’re likely going to go harder on the ‘seasonal pass’ content they are doing now, and there’s no telling what the pricing is on the rumored and teased expansion.

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Nathan Aldana

Gotta love PR demanding their staged moment of reveal for fans who demand being :surprised”

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Greaterdivinity

Except that’s not how things work. PR reaches out to writers to offer them early information under embargo so that they can have timely articles when the news drops without a poor writer frantically typing away and likely missing information in their rush to get the story up. Writers agree to these embargoes because they’re mutually beneficial, and often time allow for some quick questions etc. to help them write their pieces. Sometimes it can be scummy (like post-launch review embargoes), but media can tell PR to pound rocks too.

Yes, PR wants it staged for when it’s revealed to the public. How dare they want to do their jobs by maximizing the media impact of a major announcement, those dastardly devils.

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Schmidt.Capela

Yes, PR wants it staged for when it’s revealed to the public. How dare they want to do their jobs by maximizing the media impact of a major announcement, those dastardly devils.

While I agree with review embargoes up to the game’s release date for the reason you pointed, I sincerely see most other kinds of media manipulation in order to create hype as a signal the publisher, and perhaps even the devs, care more about perception than game quality. This is a factor in why I spend a couple dozen dollars on indie games for every dollar I spend on big publisher games; an indie’s media presence feels more sincere, which puts me more at ease when spending money on their games.

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Nathan Aldana

Yes. I agree completely. They are the devil.

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Greaterdivinity

Why must you hate me ;___;