Destiny 2 gets some big changes and a new expansion in SeptemberPlatforms: All | Google Stadia | Sony PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Xbox One | PC
Destiny fans have a lot to look forward to on September 13th, as developers Bungie unveiled their plans for the next major content drop coming to the first-person MMO.
A new expansion, Shadowkeep, will return players to Earth's Moon for the first time since the original game. Players will fight through more psychologically terrifying enemies, including visions of their past from Destiny and Destiny 2. Bungie also confirmed a renewed focus on deepening the game's RPG systems, which is sure to delight longtime fans who felt Destiny 2 was a little "dumbed down".
The new content will contain a new campaign, a new raid, and plenty of surprises as the Moon's explorable area has been doubled. The first content announced since Bungie's split from Activision, players can jump directly into Shadowkeep without needing to own prior expansions.
In fact, a new free-to-play version of Destiny 2 will launch alongside Shadowkeep. "New Light" will give players a brief intro within the Cosmodrome, before allowing them access to all Year One content - including Raids - while also offering Strikes, Crucible and Gambit content.
If you're a veteran of Destiny 2, you'll be able to port your Guardian, equipment and progress across from any platform with new Cross-Save functionality. This applies to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players.
Speaking of PC players, Destiny 2 will be leaving the Battle.net launcher and moving over to Steam. If you've already purchased everything, don't panic - all your existing software licences (including DLC) and your progress will carry over to Steam.
One of the main issues for Destiny players has been exclusive content being locked to a certain platform (namely PlayStation 4). Thankfully, this will no longer be the case going forward, so Xbox players like myself will no longer be left in the dust.
Finally, Destiny 2 is coming to Google's new streaming platform, Stadia. Being able to battle aliens on your phone or tablet, before using cross-save to jump back to your console of choice sounds excellent.