The Destiny franchise is getting into its sixth yr, and the primary full yr of content material whereas not beneath the Activision umbrella. After going unbiased and using out what remained of this previous yr’s Annual Pass releases, October 1 will mark the start of Bungie’s renewed imaginative and prescient for Destiny. More than only a contemporary yearly growth, Shadowkeep and the free-to-play New Light will essentially change how gamers interact with the sport. It’s designed to have much less roadblocks and permit extra individuals to play extra content material, nevertheless it’s include its justifiable share of confusion as individuals strive to determine how one can inform new, returning, and even current gamers what they’ll must buy to get totally different content material.

I believe a lot of the confusion comes from attempting to narrate the brand new Destiny 2 DLC construction and monetization plan with the way in which that Destiny’s been doing issues for the final 5 years. From the growth passes for smaller expansions, greater yearly expansions, annual move, seasonal content material, and Eververse cosmetics, there was rather a lot to absorb. The finest approach to start understanding every thing is to fully neglect how issues have been carried out earlier than. Starting October 1, right here’s how every thing will work:

Destiny 2 DLC Structure, Seasons, and Monetization

Destiny 2: New Light – Free

Destiny 2 goes free-to-play, and there’s rather a lot that gamers can take part in with out ever opening their wallets. The base model of the sport consists of every thing that got here with Year 1 of the sport, plus a couple of extra bonuses. Here’s what’s included free with Destiny 2: New Light:

  • Full Destiny 2 base recreation
    • The Red War Campaign
    • Includes the Leviathan Raid
    • New gamers will tackle a brand new mission within the Cosmodrome, mirroring the unique Destiny opening mission the place Ghost revived the participant for the primary time
  • Curse of Osiris growth
    • Includes Eater of Worlds Raid Lair
  • Warmind growth
    • Includes Spire of Stars Raid Lair
  • Strike Playlist
    • Includes all Strikes, together with the brand new ones in Shadowkeep
  • Crucible PvP
    • Includes all maps, modes, and updates
  • Gambit and Gambit Prime
    • Even although it was launched in Forsaken, Gambit is being added to the free-to-play Destiny 2: New Light for all gamers to take pleasure in
  • All patrol places
    • Do public occasions, misplaced sectors, and simply hang around on any one among Destiny 2′s places
    • Even growth places like Shadowkeep’s Moon and Forsaken’s Dreaming City can be found to patrol on without cost
    • This will presumably embody any future growth places added
  • Seasonal Events
    • Events like Festival of the Lost and The Dawning might be free to all gamers
  • Seasonal Artifact
    • Each season a brand new Seasonal Artifact will change how gamers interact with the sport with a wide range of Season particular mods to unlock
    • All gamers could have entry to this Artifact
  • Free Seasonal development observe
    • Each season could have a battle pass-like development system, and gamers can nonetheless earn seasonal rewards by collaborating within the free observe for Seasonal development
  • Shadowkeep opening mission
    • What higher approach to hook gamers than to provide them a style of what Shadowkeep gives?
  • Certain Annual Pass content material
    • It looks like some Annual Pass content material might be accessible without cost to gamers
    • This might embody sure Exotics that launched throughout Year 2
  • Regular updates
    • New programs like Armor and sandbox adjustments, New Light gamers will obtain all free updates
  • Cross-Save
    • All gamers can Cross Save their characters to any platform, no matter free-to-play standing
    • Note that sure actions might not be accessible if you don’t personal entitlements to content material on different platforms
  • More to come back
    • Bungie will proceed to maintain the free-to-play model of the sport lively with new content material for gamers

Destiny 2: Forsaken + Year 2 Annual Pass – $25

Simplifying the flexibility to get Destiny 2 Year 2 content material and actions, the Year 2 Annual Pass is now packaged in with Forsaken. Players can get every thing from Destiny 2’s second yr simply by shopping for the Forsaken add-on.

  • Forsaken growth
    • Forsaken marketing campaign
    • The Last Wish Raid
  • Certain Year 2 Exotics and Exotic quests
  • Certain Year 2 gear
  • Shattered Throne Dungeon
  • Weapon Forges
  • Reckoning
  • The Menagerie
  • Scourge of the Past Raid
  • Crown of Sorrows Raid

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep – $35

Getting every thing by Year 2 is pretty simple. When we attain Year Three is the place issues begin to get somewhat bit extra difficult, as a result of Bungie is altering how Seasons in Destiny 2 work. First up is simply buying the Shadowkeep growth:

  • Shadowkeep growth
    • Shadowkeep marketing campaign
    • Garden of Salvation Raid
    • New Dungeon
    • Nightmare Hunts
  • Season move for the at the moment lively Season
    • Includes entry to present Seasonal content material and actions
    • Premium observe for Seasonal rank development (for that Season)
    • (every new subsequent Season requires a brand new Season Pass to be bought)
  • Certain Shadowkeep gear

Destiny 2 Season Pass – $10

For the sake of narrative development for the in-game world and to stop the sport from getting slowed down by content material (each from a participant diffusion and sheer file dimension standpoint), Destiny 2 is shifting to extra lively occasions for its Season to Season adjustments. Activities will come and go, permitting every Season to inform a cohesive story, evolve the world, and transfer ahead into the subsequent one.

In the curiosity of this, Bungie is permitting gamers to primarily “subscribe” to the content material every Season, to play what and after they wish to. Seasons will final about three months every

  • Season Pass for the at the moment lively Season
    • Includes entry to present Seasonal content material and actions
    • Premium observe for Seasonal rank development (for that Season)
    • (every new subsequent Season requires a brand new Season Pass to be bought)

Additional Monetization

There are a couple of further elements of this new lively free-to-play monetization mannequin.

  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Deluxe Edition – $60
    • Includes 4 Season Passes (successfully a full yr of entry to Seasonal content material)
  • Eververse cosmetics
    • Exclusive emotes, armor, ornaments, and different beauty gadgets are nonetheless accessible to buy from the Eververse retailer
    • Eververse gadgets may also be bought utilizing Bright Dust, which will be earned doing actions in-game

Destiny 2: New Light and its subsequent expansions and Seasons at the moment are applied in such a approach that no one is walled off from any content material that they wish to take part in. Players don’t want to select up the most recent growth to take part within the present Season. And in the event that they don’t wish to pay something, they will benefit from the wealth of content material and actions accessible inside the free-to-play base expertise. The new Seasonal mannequin acts extra like a three-month subscription to Destiny 2, permitting gamers to step out and in of enjoying the sport as they like, one Season at a time.

Moving to this new mannequin retains gamers collectively inside a lot of the content material, permits Bungie to meaningfully evolve and transfer the world of Destiny ahead in actual time, and makes buy stipulations far much less complicated than the earlier stacked mannequin (which required gamers to personal earlier expansions earlier than shopping for the brand new content material). It additionally provides Bungie lots of freedom to create attention-grabbing parts that interweave all through the worlds, as all gamers could have entry to each location and a majority of playlist actions.

Still have any questions on Bungie’s new mannequin for Destiny 2 expansions and Seasons? Throw them into the feedback under and we’ll attempt to clear up any confusion that you just would possibly nonetheless have.