Bungie Outlines The Future Of Destiny 2: Cross-Save, No Exclusives, Free-To-Play Base Game

Bungie today went in-depth on the future of Destiny 2, delivering a heartfelt video presentation in which franchise bosses Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy talked about their Activision-free vision: a Destiny 2 that’s continually updated and playable just about anywhere.

Smith and Noseworthy said that one of their goals was to embrace the “MMO” aspects of Destiny 2, bolstering the game’s social aspects and focusing more on RPG stats. Another of their goals is to make the game feel more like a “single evolving world,” while the third is “play it anywhere.”

Reading between the lines sure makes it seem like Destiny 3 ain’t coming, but we’ll be probing Bungie about that one in the near future.

Here’s the news:

  • On September 17 we’ll see the next Destiny 2 expansion, Shadowkeep, which is set on the Moon and features the return of the fan-favourite (lol) space wizard Eris Morn.

  • This one is “completely standalone”—no need to buy Forsaken or any other parts of the game to access it. Same thing with future seasons.

  • The game will get some big changes alongside that release—it’ll get cross-save across PC, Xbox, and Google Stadia (as we reported yesterday), and the PC version will move from Battle.net to Steam. It’s also coming to PS4! (This was a very last-minute decision.)

  • No more exclusive content! No longer will Sony be able to pay to deprive non-PS4 Destiny players of maps, weapons, and strikes.

  • The base version of Destiny 2 along with all year-one content (Curse of Osiris, Warmind) will be going free-to-play with a new title: Destiny 2: New Light.


    *arches eyebrow*

    Hm. My wallet just got interested. It is attracted to pro-consumer behaviour as much as it is repelled by anti-consumer behaviour.

    hmm so i wonder how the transistion from Battle.net to Steam will work. will this mean we can finally just invite people to raid/strike/whatever without having to actually add them as an actual friend like it currently works on battle.net?

      Apparently it'll be just like moving house, somehow.

      I think I had to make and tie my blizzard account to a Bungie account so when they divorce from Blizzard, it should be easy if all the information is saved already onto the account (I just got to remember wtf said account is lol)

      must admit I'll miss my friends list on battle net

    Actually, this is the most exciting thing I've seen all year.

    So basically...every wrong with Destiny was in some way Activisions doing. Glad thats finally been confirmed.

    While Cross-play is being added, Cross Saves is just as good. Can finally play on Xbox while being able to play with friends on PS4 and PC. Just curious how DLC works if you own one on one console but not the other.

    I was hoping they'll get rid of the annual pass but it seems they made it a la carte and you're paying by the season going forward

    not sure if that's a good thing or not since there's no pricing details

      $55AU Shadowkeep preorder includes Destiny 2 + season 1 pass (Warmind/Osiris - no Forsaken).
      $88AU Shadowkeep Deluxe preorder includes the above, plus digital deluxe, which includes some kind of 'season pass' that's actually... four season passes?

      This bit's confusing, to me:

      "Four Season Passes*, each offering a unique set of exclusive Seasonal activities, artifacts, and rewards
      *Season Pass redeemed when logging in. If players already own the current Season Pass, they will receive credit toward future Seasons up until Season 11. Any credits beyond Season 11 will be exchanged for an equivalent value of Silver."

      Mostly because I don't have a fucking clue which season they're up to, how many seasons there are, when Season 11 is supposed to be up to, and what they're planning for the future, how often seasons come out or how much they cost individually.

      It seems... potentially fucky. Lotta room for them to be douchebags and bury it/quibble over its detail.

    Does that mean DLC purchases will also be cross platform?

    I have all the DLC on xbox one but only the base game on PC. Will my DLC purchases be synched across to pc?

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