Destiny 2 Witch Queen expansion leaks ahead of today’s stream [Updated]

    
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[We’re updating at the end with confirmation.]

Bungie is gearing up for a big stream for Destiny 2 today, with plans to reveal The Witch Queen, one of a pair of expansions it’s been teasing since 2020. It was originally set to launch this year, then pushed into 2022, and we didn’t know a whole lot more.

Unfortunately for Bungie – but fortunately for you – a leak this morning from the Australian PlayStation store has already scooped some of the high-level details. Obviously, don’t keep reading if you don’t want to know!

According to the early listing, the launch is set for February 23rd (for Australia), so 22nd for us (which makes it 2/22/22). It suggests players will “delve into Savathûn’s Throne World to uncover the mystery of how she and her Lucent Hive stole the Light,” tinker with a new “custom weaponry” system, and equip a new weapon, the glaive. “Master the new Glaive weapon type and unleash powerful melee combos, projectile attacks, and a deployable energy shield,” the leak says.

Bungie’s full reveal begins at noon EDT today.

Source: TrueTrophies via VG247
Update
Now we’ve got confirmation thanks to the stream and official tweets themselves. Bungie also says it’s working on anticheat with BattlEye.

“Master the Glaive, a new weapon archetype. Perform powerful melee combos, fire projectiles, and deploy a powerful energy shield. Discover the new weapon crafting system to forge new weapons and level them up with customizable perks, stats and more. The Light and Darkness saga will come to a dramatic conclusion in Destiny 2: The Final Shape. Make no mistake. Destiny 2 will continue beyond. Aspects, fragments, and more. Beginning with Void, Light subclasses will be updated every Season in Destiny 2 Year 5.”

Bungie paves the path to ‘The Witch Queen’ expansion with Destiny 2 showcase event: Studio announces details/pre-orders for upcoming expansion, unveils 30th anniversary celebration content plans coming later this year, and launches Season of the Lost

Today, during a special showcase event, Bungie announced the next chapter in the Destiny 2 universe with the worldwide reveal of its next expansion – Destiny 2: The Witch Queen – which launches on February 22, 2022. In addition to the expansion, Bungie unveiled the first details of the studio’s upcoming 30th Anniversary celebration, which begins in Destiny 2 this December, and offered a first look at the next Destiny 2 Season – Season of the Lost – which starts today.

In The Witch Queen, Guardians will face enemies that are unlike any they’ve encountered before, and will unravel the truth behind Savathûn, the Witch Queen. Players will explore a brand-new destination in Savathûn’s Throne World and will face her Lucent Brood – Hive enemies who are infused with the same Light that powers Guardians. To face those considerable threats, for the first time ever, players will forge weapons of their own making with the brand-new weapon crafting feature.

The Witch Queen is the latest chapter in Destiny 2’s ongoing Light & Darkness saga and will continue in 2023 with the release of Lightfall. In the showcase, Bungie also revealed the name of the final chapter of the Light & Darkness saga, called The Final Shape.

With Bungie’s 30th anniversary approaching, today’s showcase also revealed the first details of Bungie’s 30th anniversary celebration plans, including the first look at the celebratory content arriving in Destiny 2 this December. In addition to free content available to all players inspired by games from the studio’s past, Bungie also announced the upcoming Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack for Destiny 2, which will feature a new treasure-themed dungeon inspired by the “Loot Cave” from the original Destiny, new weapons and armor inspired by Bungie games of yore, and more.

Finally, today’s showcase showed off details of Season of the Lost, which launches today and acts as the narrative precursor to the events of The Witch Queen, featuring new activities, a new Exotic quest, and much more. Coinciding with the launch of Season of the Lost, players will be able to take advantage of Destiny 2’s new Cross Play feature, uniting Guardians to take on challenges together across platforms.

Both The Witch Queen expansion and the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack for Destiny 2 are available for pre-order starting today. Season of the Lost also launches today in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

For years, Savathûn’s schemes have unfolded, as she has assumed the identities of trusted allies and woven a web of lies that has spanned the galaxy. With the upcoming launch of Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Guardians will learn the truth behind her infernal plans and face a challenge unlike any they’ve encountered before: Enemies who are infused with the very Light that Guardians hold dear.

Weapons and Crafting: With the new weapon crafting feature, for the first time in Destiny’s history players will be able to forge weapons, complete with unique combinations of mods, shaders, and advanced stats. Guardians will also wield a new weapon type – the Glaive, Destiny’s introduction to a 1st-person melee weapon, which will be capable of powerful melee attacks, mid-range blasts, and shielding its wielder.

The Throne World: A twisted wonderland of corruption and splendor, Savathûn’s Throne World plays host to a fragile balance of terrifying power. Guardians will explore this brand-new destination and uncover the mysteries that reside in both the Darkness and the Light.

Lucent Brood: Aim down sights at enemies who are infused with Light – the same Light that powers Guardians – complete with sinister abilities at once familiar and terrifying.

New Activities: The Witch Queen brings new challenges, including a new six-player matchmade activity, a new raid set in the heart of a sunken Pyramid ship, and more.

Players can pre-order Destiny 2: The Witch Queen now to get instant access to a special Exotic Ghost Shell, Legendary emblem, and bonus items. Digital Deluxe owners also receive instant access to the new Exotic Enigma emote. Pre-orders for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen are available now on Steam, Stadia, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One via the Microsoft Store, and the PlayStation Store.

DESTINY 2: THE WITCH QUEEN DELUXE EDITION – The Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order now and includes:

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion + All Year-5 Season Passes (4 Seasons Total)
Access to two Dungeons released in Year 5
Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell and Legendary emblem
The Enigma Exotic emote
Exotic Submachine Gun with Exotic catalyst and ornament
Throne World Exotic Sparrow

THE WITCH QUEEN DELUXE EDITION + 30TH ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE – In addition, Bungie unveiled details on the Destiny 2: The Witch Queen + 30th Anniversary Bundle, which is available for pre-order now and includes:

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion + All Year-5 Season Passes (4 Seasons Total)
Access to two Dungeons released in Year 5
Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell and Legendary emblem
The Enigma Exotic emote
Exotic Submachine Gun with Exotic catalyst and ornament
Throne World Exotic Sparrow
Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack
New Dungeon
Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher with Exotic catalyst and ornament
New weapons inspired by past Bungie worlds
Thorn armor set
Bungie streetwear ornament set
Marathon-themed ornament set
Unique helmet ornament
Exotic Sparrows
Exotic ship
Emblems, shaders, emotes, and more

DESTINY 2: THE WITCH QUEEN COLLECTOR’S EDITION – For Guardians who want the ultimate Destiny 2: The Witch Queen experience. This edition includes a digital code for The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition and a code for the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack.

Also included are the following physical items: a hidden psychic investigation kit, Hive Ghost replica, hidden keycard, lore booklet, and other mysteries from Savathûn’s Throne World.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will launch on February 22, 2022 in Destiny 2. For more information please visit: https://www.bungie.net/WitchQueen.

Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack

With 30 years of history creating worlds that inspire friendship, Bungie will be celebrating three decades of amazing games this December in Destiny 2. In addition to new activities available for free to all Destiny 2 players, players will also be able to experience exclusive content as part of the Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack, including a new dungeon, new weapons, armor, ornaments, and more.

New Matchmade Activity: The celebration kicks off with a free six-player matchmade activity, new secrets to unravel, and collectible rewards that commemorate Bungie’s storied history.

A New Dungeon: Inspired by famed Cosmodrome loot caves of yore, this new Dungeon will see Guardians spelunk into the unknown, earn the new Thorn armor set, and hunt for lost relics.

Gjallarhorn Returns: The beloved weapon makes its debut in Destiny 2! Unlock the classic Exotic Rocket Launcher, then charge its catalyst for maximum firepower.

Iconic Gear: Celebrate the past with gear for the future. Weapons, armor, ornaments, emotes, Sparrows, Ghost Shells, and more, representing 30 years of Bungie, a legendary community, and a birthday party that could only happen in Destiny.

The Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack is available for pre-order now as part of The Witch Queen + Bungie 30th Anniversary Bundle.

Destiny 2: Season of the Lost

After a prolonged absence, Mara Sov, Queen of the Awoken, has finally returned to the Dreaming City. And although her return is unexpected, her intention is clear: to seek an audience with Savathûn, the Witch Queen.So begins the next chapter in Destiny 2’s ongoing narrative, as forces converge, unlikely partnerships are formed, and mysteries deepen.
Season of the Lost begins today, offering players new adventures to take part in, new activities to try, and more.

Astral Alignment and Shattered Realm: Breathe life into slumbering Awoken technology and triumph over those who fear the Light in Astral Alignment, a six-player matchmade activity. Align the ley-line network and then Wayfind through the Shattered Realm in search of Mara Sov’s lost tech witches. Rescue them and use the power they bestow to see this mysterious landscape with new eyes – to reach the unreachable.

New Exotic Quest: A weapon of great power, locked away by Mara Sov for her brother, Uldren. The hands that hold Ager’s Scepter hold the keys to areas of the Shattered Realm previously barred. Untangle the layers of Awoken security and reach the Exotic weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.

Cross Play Is Here: Play with and against your fellow Guardians across the solar system, regardless of platform.

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Danny Smith

I was wondering what reshuffle of existing models and animations they would use for a “new” enemy type. again. This one just makes me wonder if its a test bed for ai guardians to fill they dying pvp with bots. Hell its so full of hackers on pc i doubt most of the people still playing d2 pvp would notice.

Also its just kind of lame in my opinion. Bungie has always been pretty lazy with these “no we wont actually add a new enemy, just reskin the existing ones and give one new move that stands out” all the way back on the ps3 with taken king up to beyond light but hive guardians feels a little too 90’s cartoon show “nega-blank” meets shadow the hedgehog for me. Its no lazier than the others it just seems kind of dull and really uninteresting when its the sort of thing getting pulled in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 30 years ago.

and of course with the userbase in stark decline they are pulling out the Gjallerhorn again.

In case you can’t tell its not exactly selling me on coming back. I expect another “this is the greatest threat, but for real this time” 4 hours story chasing 3-5 scaled up models with a stomp and add waves before a noneboss finale you nuke before being told to finish it in a raid or piss off and go back to daily grinding for your battlepass.

if its not and Bungie breaks their now 3 console generation one trick pony design ethos i will be shocked.

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Arktouros

and of course with the userbase in stark decline they are pulling out the Gjallerhorn again.

What are you even talking about?

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Danny Smith

The pvp userbase not the whole thing. At its absolute peak it was never more than a quarter of the userbase yet it is consistently used as a major metric for balancing everything in the game. They wanted another Halo both in terms of a popular campaign and a pvp esports darling and destiny has just never been that. But they keep trying to pull people in. Even after hacking, win trading and rage quitting has lead to things like the infamous 4000 player clear season for trials. Its been like this since 2018 and kept getting worse.

But hey heres gjallarhorn again. Enjoy it for a week before the few thousand still trying to “get sweaty” in pvp complain it needs nerfing and back to whatever middle of the road weapons remain consistent in pve as usual.

Its a majority userbase suffering for a minority that has been shrinking since the game released and in a looter in particular it just sucks.

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Arktouros

I’m not sure what Gjallerhorn will really impact in PvP. We already have homing rockets with Eyes of Tomorrow or Truth and neither have a big impact in PvP outside of Gambit. Heavy ammo is exceedingly rare in PvP outside of Mayhem.

Also not sure when the last time you read some patch notes but they’ve been separating out PvP and PvE changes now for a while. That isn’t just weapons either, they do it for abilities and sub classes as well. There’s still the occasional global nerf to something for both modes but there’s almost always an explanation for their reasoning now why it’s getting it in both modes.

Also I really struggle to think of examples where PvE player base has ever really “suffered” in the wake of a PvP nerf in the last 2 years. Most of the exotics, builds, artifact mods, and such that are fantastic in PvE aren’t good in PvP. Maybe the Stasis Behemoth but that isn’t exactly top-tier PvE in competition with Cuirass of the Falling Star. Even my annoyance over a 600 Autos getting slightly adjusted (still not bad) it didn’t matter because the next season’s mods were SMG and Side Arm or whatever so I didn’t touch an auto for another 6 months until it became relevant and by then there were better options.

The problems you state just aren’t issues anymore. Such is the nature of constantly updated titles. It’s like I think GreaterDivinity took afront at lore entries only being webpages and side books rather than happening in game and that hasn’t been the case for a long time now. That doesn’t mean you likely wouldn’t find new issues or new problems with the current game, just the ones you’ve clung to are getting more and more unrepresentative of the current game by the day.

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Arktouros

Basically almost all the leaks were true from what I’ve been reading after the reveals.

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angrakhan

Sounds cool. I’ll put this back on my radar. I used to play D2 like crazy, but quit after the split with Activision and the move to Steam (for no particular reason other than it was just played out at the time for me). A new weapon type will definitely get me to load this back up. I enjoyed the addition of bows.

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Immoral

If a new Darkness subclass isn’t coming with Witch Queen, it would be nice to see the light ones receive aspects and the level of customization Stasis offers. I got burned out with the last season and focused on single player games but I’m all in on Destiny 2 until New World and Diablo release next month.

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Arktouros

Supposedly part of the leak, which also supposedly so far has been proven more and more true, is that over the next few seasons in Y5 the light subclasses will receive an overhaul to function with fragments/aspects like Stasis currently. However that’d all be a year from now time table wise since Witch Queen comes out on 2/22.

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Arktouros

Follow up, they confirmed it with Void in Season 16 with Witch Queen.