Destiny 2 Beyond Light kicked off a new trio of expansions, but Bungie took the unusual step of confirming the names of the game's next big expansions - meaning we know what to expect right up until 2023, sort of.
Lightfall was supposed to be arriving in 2022, but that could have changed now after The Witch Queen was delayed.
Destiny 2 Lightfall Release Date
The Witch Queen was intended for 2021, but has been delayed until 2022 - likely pushing Lightfall back, too.
In a blog post about the Witch Queen delay, Bungie had this to say:
“Last summer, we outlined our ambition for the next era in Destiny 2 by announcing the full arc, starting with Beyond Light, followed by the Witch Queen and Lightfall. As we began to scale production on the Witch Queen last year, we made the difficult but important decision to move its release to early 2022; we also realized we needed to add an additional unannounced chapter after Lightfall to fully complete our first saga of Destiny.”
With the expansion still two years (and two expansions worth of content) away, we don't know a lot about the story.
The logo shows the pyramid ships of the Darkness, suggesting they'll tie into the narrative.
Witch Queen will focus on Savathun, Oryx's sister, so it'll be interesting to see how the universe stands after we've taken her on.
There's no trailer for the expansion yet, but you'll find its announcement at the tail end of this Destiny retrospective.
Things are a little up in the air here. While Destiny's larger expansions have usually been in the £30 - £40 range, the move away from seasonal content might see the game experiment with new pricing strategies.
We'll hopefully find out more soon enough - and with Beyond Light launching into Game Pass, we could see the same happen here.
Season Passes are back for Beyond Light, but Bungie has learned its lessons from previous passes. In a blog post, the devs had this to say:
"In Year 4, we are going to build a better-interconnected narrative and, more importantly, let players be a part of that narrative no matter when they enter the current year. This means if you start playing in March 2021, you could go back and experience the Season 12 and Season 13 narrative content. We want our stories to feel more cohesive, flow with meaningful momentum Season over Season, and lead to an exciting climax each year."
"We haven’t preserved enough history for a player who comes in mid-year to have any concept of what came in that year’s prior Seasons. As a result, players can feel left behind later in the year and unable to experience the stories or to acquire prior Seasons’ weapons and gear. The Forsaken Season Pass allowed its content to build up over the course of the year, and that’s where we’re heading in Year 4."
Does that mean they'll continue into Lightfall? It's hard to say, but the Witch Queen is likely to give some indication.
We don't know what's coming as part of the expansion, but we'd expect the following:
Every class is in a constant state of flux in Destiny 2 as they're constantly being balanced, but with Beyond Light introducing the new Stasis damage type to wield, expect more tweaks than usual over the course of the next year.
Maybe we'll get a new damage type, too?
Destiny's "sandbox" is a general way of describing how the game plays, and it'll likely be getting hefty updates with the expansion.
There's a good chance that Lightfall will introduce a new raid, hopefully pitting us against the Darkness at long last.
Every major expansion has introduced a new raid – and we can't see Bungie changing that now.
Old Content Returning From Destiny 1?
At the reveal event, Bungie announced the game's older content will be cycled in and out of Destiny 2. When it's out, it'll be in what's known as the "Destiny Content Vault". This allows Bungie to rework game modes and missions, and also allows for content from Destiny 1 to be cycled into the game.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Game Director Luke Smith said not all expansions will unvault prior content.
"Each expansion is going to include a brand-new destination," Smith explained, "so The Witch Queen is not going to unvault one."
"For a destination to be unvaulted, it has to be updated to the latest context for the universe, so even with Cosmodrome, we updated a bunch of it to the latest context."
Find out more here.
With Witch Queen in 2022 and Lightfall in 2022, we're excited to see what could come next for the long-running loot-shooter, but Bungie is understandably not ready to talk about that just yet.