In a recent livestream, developers Bungie have announced the next expansion for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep.
There was a great deal of debate regarding the future of the Destiny franchise following the announcement of Bungie’s split from Activision. As a self-publishing entity, Bungie has pledged that the only people who will have a say in the future of Destiny are itself and the community. It would seem that Bungie are stepping off on the right foot with Shadowkeep.
Shadowkeep will start off Year 3 of Destiny 2 with a bang. We’re not sure on size yet, but it appears to be another big expansion like Forsaken. Shadowkeep will see Guardians return to Luna – a location we haven’t seen since Destiny 1. A new threat has arisen in the Hellmouth of Earth’s moon, and Eris Morn returns to enlist our help to combat it. The flavour text reads: “New nightmares have emerged from the shadows of our Moon. Called forth by haunting visions, Eris Morn has returned. Join her to slay these nightmares before they reach out beyond the Moon to cast humanity back into an age of darkness.”
It’s all very creepy and atmospheric, here’s the announcement teaser:
The expansion will include new story missions, new quests and adventures, a new patrol zone, a new raid, AND (following the immense success of The Shattered Throne) another dungeon. I, for one, am grateful for the return of a proper expansion story campaign. Don’t get me wrong, each of this year’s annual pass offerings told a story. They each added to the greater narrative of Destiny in their own way and were worthy additions to the lore, I just feel that the storytelling was hindered by the method of delivery.
As well as the new teaser Bungie released a 15-munite ViDoc entitled “Out of the Shadows,” detailing how becoming a self-published studio has changed their creative process. It shows some very bold and interesting ways which Bungie hopes to go with Destiny moving forward. It’s clear that the staff have been aching for change for some time and now that they are unfettered by their partnership with Activision, they are able to evolve the Destiny experience.
As a result of their split from Activision, Destiny 2’s days on Battle.Net are numbered. That’s why Destiny 2 is dropping all PS4 exclusive content going forward, and will be coming to Steam starting this September. Destiny 2 will also be coming to Google Stadia in its entirety when the service launches this November.
Another big change coming to the game is the addition of Cross-Save. Cross-Save allows Destiny players to link all their accounts together across multiple platforms. So if you own Destiny 2 on both PS4 and Xbox One, or Xbox One and PC, you’ll be able to take your Guardians with you wherever you decide to play. With Cross-Save, you will select your main account and then that trio of Guardians will carry across to all platforms. Expansions and annual pass content will not carry over between platforms however, so access to all content across all platforms will still involve multiple purchases.
Perhaps the most shocking development of all is that Destiny is going free to play, at least to an extent. Bungie is developing a new edition of Destiny 2 entitled Destiny: New Light, aimed at attracting new players to the franchise, New Light will incorporate all of Destiny 2’s Year 1 content and partner it with a brand-new opening sequence much like the original introductory mission from Destiny 1. New Light will enable aspiring Guardians to experience the world of Destiny from the very beginning of their journey – their initial revival and the first meeting with their Ghost.
Destiny: New Light will go live on September 17th 2019 – the same day that Destiny 2 becomes available on Steam, which coincidentally is ALSO the same day that Shadowkeep will launch across all platforms. So it looks like Bungie are going to have their hands full juggling all of that, but if it all goes smoothly this will be the start of a bright future for both Destiny and its creators. You can watch the full 90-minute reveal stream here:
Shadowkeep is available to preorder right now and comes in three editions: the Standard Edition (digital), the Digital Deluxe Edition, and a physical Collector’s Edition available exclusively through the Bungie Store. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Destiny: New Light will be out September 17th 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC.