Several months ago, Bungie was able to buy its freedom out from under Activision’s shadow. Now, as the company gets ready to launch the next Destiny 2 expansion, Shadowkeep, big Destiny 2 changes are coming. All of these were revealed on Bungie’s most recent livestream, and promise a whole new era for Destiny.
To start off with, Destiny 2’s newest expansion, Shadowkeep, will be taking us back to the Moon to fight a new threat from the Hive that once again threatens Earth, with the help of Eris Morn.
However, paling in comparison to that is the reveal that Destiny 2 is going free-to-play. Yes, you read that right. To make it easier for people interested in Destiny to join up, the game is going free and becoming Destiny 2: New Light.
The game’s content up until Shadowkeep will also be going free to play, with no more timed exclusives between the Playstation 4 and other consoles, and now yearly expansions, rather than various smaller expansion packs released throughout the year like the earlier model.
Another part of the Destiny 2 changes is where you can get it. As part of Bungie moving out from under Activision’s shadow, the game will also be leaving the Battle.net launcher, and will instead be moving to Stadia and Steam.
Destiny 2 will also be getting cross-save potential, even to the Playstation 4, so that players will be able to download the game and play it anywhere with the same character, the same gear, and the same amount of progress.
Bungie is saying that the Destiny 2 changes mark a big change for Destiny as a whole, and while this might mean we won’t get an actual Destiny 3, it seems more in line with Bungie’s original vision as a continuously evolving world for players to run around in.
The Destiny 2 changes will take effect everywhere on September 17 when Shadowkeep runs out, so until then, you all should brace yourselves; Destiny is about to get a whole lot bigger.