Destiny 2 announces three expansions, including Beyond Light, and launches Season of Arrivals

    
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Bungie ran a whopper of a Destiny 2 reveal stream today, announcing literally all the things. OK, just four or so of the things, but they’re big things! First and foremost, there’s the Beyond Light expansion, launching September 22nd. “A new power is born out of the ancient Pyramid ship above Europa, and a dark empire has risen beneath,” the studio says. “In the Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion, Guardians will explore a changed universe, with a new destination, new adventures, and even new powers to explore.”

“● Explore Europa: In Beyond Light, Guardians will be called to a new destination: Jupiter’s frozen moon of Europa. Brave the unrelenting glacial frontier, infiltrate the Golden Age Braytech facility, and uncover the secrets that lie deep under the ancient ice.
Wield the Darkness: As a new threat emerges, so too does a mysterious new power – Stasis. Rooted in Darkness, Guardians will wield this new elemental power alongside Arc, Solar, and Void to summon epic supers and control the battlefield. Titans, Warlocks and Hunters will each use Stasis in a different way. More details on Stasis to come later this summer.
A New Raid: Below the frozen tundra of Europa lies the Deep Stone Crypt. For decades it has remained dormant. Guardians will test their skill and teamwork in this brand new six-person raid, where glorious rewards await.
The Rise of Eramis: The splintered houses of the Fallen have rallied and built their new empire on Europa, united under the banner of the Fallen Kell of Darkness, Eramis. Abandoned by the Traveler and left by the Light, Eramis is on her own journey into the Darkness, and towards a collision course with Guardians.”

Collector edition package details and preorder info – you knew this would be up for preorder already, right? – are already up on the official site, plus Bungie announced that Destiny 2 is en route to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. In fact, PS4 purchases will “upgrade to the PlayStation 5 for free.”

In the shorter term, the studio is kicking off new content today dubbed Season of Arrivals, beginning with a new dungeon, Prophecy, new gear and other rewards, and a new public event. Season passes cost 1K silver.

And in the much more distant future? Bungie also announced the two expansions coming after Beyond Light: The Witch Queen, launching in 2021, and Lightfall, launching in 2022.

The studio dropped a truckton of new images and videos today to go along with the reveals; we’ve embedded everything down below.

Source: Press release, official site

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Vorender

I haven’t enjoyed a game as much as I have Destiny 2 these past few months in a long time. Guess it was just the right kind of game at just the right time for me. I know the game gets a lot of hate, but considering what else is out there, I’m not really sure why. Ahh well, back to the glorious grind! :)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Destiny Vault is just about my gaming nightmare. It’d be even worse if I spent money on that stuff.

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velimirius

Bungie reinventing the wheel here, charge money for expac that removes content instead of adding it lol

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Tee Parsley

They are apparently still selling the Forsaken DLC, yet you don’t seem to be able to access it if you are up to date on this season. No real disclaimers that I could see about it either.

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Danny Smith

So they spend the whole year riding a paid battlepass FOMO hustle that recycled the same gameplay on a loop with a different skin each season to double back in a 180 to ‘vaulting’ most of their game to resell you destiny 1 content again?

I have played on an off since the first beta test but i think i can safetly get off at the next station without looking back, hoo boy. The games always felt kind of flip-floppy and directionless in the longterm but this feels like a mad clamour to find some way to revitalise a game thats been running on creative fumes for quite a while.

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Arktouros

Retiring content seems risky but when the alternative is them abandoning the current game and just pumping out another game things like retiring content, sunsetting equipment and otherwise don’t seem so bad. Removing Red War, Osirus and Warmind is okay to me. It’s been there a long time for free, and even New Lights like myself have gotten the content if you wanted it (I have all the exotics done except one) the only thing I’d be missing is a full set of skins for transmog later. I can live without.

Story wise everything is coming together and it’s done pretty well. The last year has been about ending the threads that Destiny 2 had started and many ways concludes what would be a normal game story. Shadowkeep revealed a new threat was coming back and immediately pit us against the Vex Mind and ending them as a serious threat. The following season wrapped up Osirus and the Light House. The last season wrapped up the Red Legion and it’s Almighty while powering up the Warmind to fight against our new enemy. Loose threads are tied up. Those stories are finished.

This is the same trend we’re seeing in a lot of Live Service style games. Beyond Light is essentially Destiny 3 in all but name. This is little different than Blizzard calling it’s new Overwatch expansion “Overwatch 2” or Path of Exile releasing “Path of Exile 2” as basically a huge content patch with a new story line. These are actually good trends for us as consumers because it means these companies are respecting our monetary investments and in some cases time investments we’ve put into these games.

I’m still not super sold on what they’re selling by any means, but I’m willing to at least look at it and give it a chance.

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Dug From The Earth

Its so hard to get hyped over this. Destiny is FULL of lore. Massive amounts of in depth, well written lore.

However, as a player, you dont every really experience the lore or story through gameplay, or even many cut scenes. 95% of the story lore is experienced through cards you read.

They should take a hint from Warframe, where you get to PLAY the story, not just show up after its all happened and read about it in the menu.

Bungie clearly knows how to tell a story, if only they knew how to let players experience it as well.

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mysecretid

Amen, Brother Dug! Amen

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Danny Smith

Thats the thing isn’t it? since the very beginning its been a case of “oh this looks super cool what will we see in game?!?”

and you get a 45-70 minute ‘campaign’ and then its back to grinding dailies where the only activity is “shoot the thing” or “pick up the material” on repeat. Forever.

Granted Bungie had a *lot* of industry brain drain around the time of the first game and D2 saw a lot of staff replaced by inexperienced, untested staff whos claims were things like “i was a scarab lord in WoW” and not “heres my critically acclaimed writing work” so its not that surprising in retrospect but still it feels like a game where “next time it will be what i always imagined it would be!” is the selling point and has been for 7 years and theres has to come a point where something trying to be a retail product and not an endless beta has to have hit the limits of their fair shake and what was a rocky beginning is now the baseline normal experience.

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James Crow

as fan of the franchise i played from D1 until the last expansion of D2.

the last expansion content was so thin i cant even call it DLC, i had the first 4 seasons bc i bought the edition but the seasons content were just a reskin of the same thing.

so i didnt had the feeling to even complete any of the seasons.

sorry but if they going to make a 3 missions and called it expansion i think im going to skip it like i skip the whole last year “content”

if they want me back they need to make another forsaken expansion and not what they doing now.
most of the companies also give you points to buy next season but in destiny you get nothing, just few skins that really not impressive.

sorry about the my words but bungie dont know what they doing – its great to see future titles for expansions but that what it is – titles without content.

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MegaManchild

“In fact, PS4 purchases will “upgrade to the PlayStation 5 for free.”

Does this mean to imply that the same won’t be true for Xbox purchases? I know Microsoft has said in the past that its games will be backwards-compatible, but now I’m not sure if this includes Bungie or not. Bungie has been pretty shitty towards Xbox players for a while, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re left out in the cold here, but some confirmation would be nice. I can’t seem to find anyone discussing it on Reddit so I’m wondering if I’m just being gunshy here.

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Greaterdivinity

It means it’s not confirmed yet.

As for Bungie being “Shitty towards Xbox players”, not really. They have exclusivity deals with Sony stemming from the days when Activision was the publisher. Sony paid for timed exclusivity and likely included huge co-marketing value adds, so since they shelled out they get something special.

Once those deals are fully over (I believe they should be by now?) it’ll be up to Bungie to decide if they want to do ongoing exclusives with either platform or not.

Just wait a bit, still a ton of information coming out about next-gen titles/cross-play etc.

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MegaManchild

I understand your point of view, but I disagree with it. Even though they’ve no doubt helped Bungie out, exclusivity deals still feel scummy from the consumer side, especially when the “timed” aspect of them is undefined (I seem to remember one of them lasting beyond the usual-for-Destiny one-year period, but nobody knew until that one year had passed and the exclusivity still hadn’t expired).

And, to be clear, I’ve been on both sides of the exclusivity, so this isn’t JUST sour grapes talking. It’s always felt gross to me.

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Arktouros

Basically the new generation consoles aren’t upgrading their operating system. So almost all the stuff that worked on the current generation of consoles will also exactly work on the new generation of consoles. Also future games that come out after the consoles release will still work on the old consoles even. So even if you don’t upgrade to the new generation console and want to buy a game, that game will be available on the new generation when you do upgrade.

This is true for both Xbox and Playstation per their announcements.

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MegaManchild

Thanks. I understand that the consoles are capable of running the software. But my worry is that Bungie won’t allow purchases from the current generation to carry over.

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Arktouros

They said everything will carry over.

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Greaterdivinity

Well, for me all this really did was confirm that I’m pretty firmly off the Destiny 2 train. Been one foot off the train for a while and nothing about what they announced personally excites me.

Plenty of good stuff coming, but this guardian is hanging up his guns and calling it a lifetime. Enjoy, guardians.

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mysecretid

Aye, I really enjoyed Destiny and Destiny 2 for quite a while, but the current game seems to be caught in a “recursive content loop” these days, at least from where I’m standing.

Simply put, every story addition now seems to go like this: “A fearsome Big Bad and the faction they lead have appeared in the solar system to wreak havoc, and the players must fight against this”. The names change, but it’s effectively the same plotline, again and again and again, with only cosmetic variation.

What set Destiny and Destiny 2 apart from their game-alike competitors — at least for me — is that they had NPC characters and storylines giving context to the core pew-pew.

Lately, however, the major NPC personalities seem to serve as little more than glorified quest givers in the latest round of “Oh no! We’re being attacked/invaded! Go get ’em, players!”.

All power to those who still enjoy the franchise, as you say, but I too am out for the forseeable future.

Cheers,