In Bungie’s weekly blog post for Thursday, Sept. 12, the studio revealed the upcoming calendar for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. The schedule begins on Oct. 1 — the discharge date for Shadowkeep — with the ultimate providing slated for the center of November, earlier than the vacation season.
Bungie additionally revealed some upcoming weapon modifications for Shadowkeep, and formally listed out what free gamers will acquire entry to in early October.
On Oct. 1, Bungie will launch Shadowkeep and the free model of Destiny 2: New Light. With New Light’s launch, all Destiny gamers can entry:
- The Moon
- The Seasonal Artifact
- Finishing Moves
- The Armor 2.zero system
- Two new Strikes
- Crucible updates
- Two reprised Crucible maps from the unique Destiny
- A brand new PvP map
- The Elimination mode in Crucible Labs
- Free Seasonal Rank rewards
- And extra
On Oct. 5, the Saturday after Shadowkeep, Bungie will launch the Garden of Salvation raid, and the seasonal Vex Offensive occasion. Players don’t know a lot about about both of those actions, though narratively talking it appears the Vex from the Black Garden have come to invade the moon. It’s doubtless gamers will start to grasp why that’s by way of the Shadowkeep marketing campaign.
It’s price noting that the raid is solely for Shadowkeep gamers, whereas the Vex Offensive requires the Season of the Undying Pass (included with Shadowkeep, but in addition purchasable by itself).
On the next Tuesday, Oct. 8, Shadowkeep gamers can activate the Hero or Legend difficulties for the mysterious Nightmare Hunts mode. On Oct. 15, per week later, Bungie will launch the Master issue for Nightmare Hunts. The first Iron Banner of Season Eight can even begin Tuesday, Oct. 15, free for all Destiny 2 gamers.
On Oct. 22, Bungie will reveal a brand new Exotic quest for gamers to trace down. The weapon is Leviathan’s Breath, the sequence first ever Heavy bow. This quest is a part of Season of the Undying, not Shadowkeep.
Oct. 29 is the largest date post-launch, with 4 completely different actions launching concurrently. Shadowkeep’s new dungeon hits that Tuesday, alongside a brand new Exotic quest for an Arc hint rifle, Divinity. Players who don’t personal Shadowkeep or Season of the Undying can try the Festival of the Lost Halloween occasion and the brand new Momentum Control PvP mode.
Finally, on Nov. 5, gamers can sort out the primary raid problem for the Garden of Salvation. Later within the month, Bungie will launch the ultimate Vex Offensive on Nov. 19. The closing offensive is the final occasion listed on the calendar, though Bungie might reveal extra at a later date.
Bungie listed the Shadowkeep calendar as October to December, regardless of there being no December dates. It’s unclear if Shadowkeep’s delay pushed the discharge for Season 9 into 2020, or if gamers ought to anticipate it in December like Destiny 2: Black Armory final 12 months.
In phrases of weapon modifications, Bungie supplied a preview of the upcoming patch notes.
The greatest change is definitely to enemy combatant well being. Minor enemies presently take double the precision hit injury as different enemy varieties. With Shadowkeep, Bungie will take away this bonus, making it tougher to one-shot enemies with a single headshot.
To compensate, Bungie is growing the bottom injury of a number of weapon varieties:
- Auto rifles
- Hand cannons
- Machine weapons
- Pulse rifles
- Scout rifles
- Sniper rifles
- Submachine weapons
These modifications ought to impression weapons with excessive precision injury greater than others, like bows and scout rifles. It’s unclear if these sorts of weapons can nonetheless one-shot-kill a Minor enemy, however the lowered precision injury for different weapons ought to enhance their viability.
Bungie can even alter just a few Exotics on Oct. 1, together with:
- Sweet Business (injury, journal capability, perk enhancements)
- Graviton Lance (injury)
- Sunshot (journal capability)
- Vigilance Wing (injury)
- Crimson (injury, bug repair)
- Merciless (bug repair)
- Ace of Spades (nerfed perk)
- Lumina (high quality of life)
- The Colony (perk enchancment)
Bungie will launch Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Destiny 2: New Light for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on Oct. 1. The studio will launch the Google Stadia variations someday later this 12 months.