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[Original Story] - Destiny 2's latest season, Season of the Lost, is here - and we're in for a long one. That's because the game's next expansion, The Witch Queen, was delayed, it'll run all the way to February.
We've got The Witch Queen, starting with Destiny 2 Season 16, followed by a year of content before the launch of Destiny 2 Lightfall in 2023. Following on from Lightfall we also know that the next expansion after that, currently titled Destiny 2 The Final Shape, will launch around 2024, suggesting that Bungie's loot-shooter MMO is likely to keep going for a fair while yet.
To keep things simple, we're keeping all the relevant info together in one place, so here's everything you need to know about The Witch Queen.
15 October 2021 -
It's a bit slow for Witch Queen news, what with the launch of the Festival of the Lost earlier this week, so for now, why not catch up on some lore courtesy of My name is Byf.
In this latest video (added further down the page in our Lore section, Byf delves into how Mara Sov, Queen of the Awoken silenced Savathun The Witch Queen, but not before Savathun got under her skin. Give it a watch, we're sure you'll learn something.
13 October 2021 -
There's some speculation that the Witch Queen Power Level could rise as high as 1710, this seems to be based on the max power level on some new Festival of the Lost Halloween Masks.
For context, the Destiny 2 Season 15 Max Power Cap Level is currently set to 1330 in Season of the Lost.
However, Bungie has already confirmed that the power increase will be +10 each season, and +50 for major expansions, so we doubt we'll be jumping up to 1710 anytime soon!
11 October 2021 -
For those curious, check out the website http://destinyemblemcollector.com. It includes a filter to display emblems that might be entering the Destiny Content Vault when Forsaken gets vaulted with the launch of Witch Queen.
8 October 2021 -
Although fans will mostly be over the moon at confirmation of the Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost start time coming next week, there was some even bigger news shared by the developers This Week at Bungie blogpost.
Bungie has announced they'll be vaulting Destiny 2’s Forsaken Campaign & Tangled Shore for the release of The Witch Queen Expansion. Follow the link for all the details from the developer.
6 October 2021 -
We've added some new lore to the page further down, courtesy of My name is Byf. This time around the Destiny expert is delving into why the Hive God Xivu Arath is hunting Savathun.
It's a very good watch, especially for those who don't always delve into the games more obscure lore.
1 October 2021 -
Bungie Teases a Major Death in Destiny 2's Next Expansion Witch Queen. That's all we'll sat, you'll have to click the link for all the juicy details.
29 September 2021 -
In an interview with GameSpot, game director Joe Blackburn and general manager Justin Truman have explained how they're approaching onboarding new players to the Witch Queen expansion.
"So we really want to start attacking all of our systems that are sprawled out in the complexity and find out, 'Okay, this is the stuff that's working for us. What's the stuff that feels like corruption now? How can we get rid of that?'... And then that the really good thing for us with our big beats is that that question becomes really easy to answer when you start talking about the Witch Queen. And that we really think about that a lot as the Witch Queen as a great place to come back into Destiny or get into it because if you're into it for the first time, it's like, 'Okay, I should do this thing.' And then you're going to get dumped into the first mission of the Witch Queen."
In addition, it sounds as though the team are considering the best way to onboard new players when the game is releasing new seasonal content every few months. "That can be really intimidating for a player that's coming in season 15, now," Blackburn said.
"We're always working on tweaks in UI and UX. So you can always feel like, 'Okay, this is the thing that my friends are talking about. I want to get this done and maybe I'll go play around with some stuff that they did three years ago in the background, but here's what I need to be doing to stay relevant."
24 September 2021 -
There's a brand new Destiny 2 Witch Queen teaser and it sure includes several big teasers. We're 5 months from launch and Bungie are dropping teasers already.
Come on Bungie what are you trying to do to us!
17 September 2021 -
Bungie creative director Joe Blackburn has been speaking with GameSpot and gave a bit more insight into Season 16, which launches alongside the Witch Queen expansion. If you follow the link you can read the full quotes, but as a teaser, Blackburn is calling Season 16 "the next big boiling point for us".
14 September 2021 -
Added some new lore from MyNameisByf, available further down. This time around the Destiny Lore expert is taking a look at Savathun's Throne world & how Throne worlds work. A very important piece of info since the Witch Queen expansion will see us entering Savathun's Throne world (as seen in the trailer). Go give it a watch, it's very enlightening and you'll enjoy it we're sure.
10 September 2021 -
We've added some new lore from MyNameisByf which is available to watch further down. This time, Byf is looking at the implications of Savathun saying "Oh Guardian Mine..." in her conversations with Guardians.
8 September 2021 -
As per DestinyNews+ on Twitter, it would seem as though Destiny 2 has been steadily growing in popularity over the past year and we imagine it will continue to snowball as we approach the release of The Witch Queen. Don't believe us, here's a look at the player counts for each new season on launch day:
- Season of the Chosen: 132,225 (Feb 9)
- Season of the Splicer: 157,679 (May 11)
- Season of the Lost: 178,241 (Aug 24)
We're not taking bets, but we think Witch Queen can easily surpass 200,000 by February 22.
27 August 2021 - No New Darkness Subclass
Don't expect a new damage type in Witch Queen - instead, we'll be getting a full rework of our Void abilities.
August 26 - The Remaining Questions
Bungie's epic reveal stream was incredible, but it's opened up a bunch of new questions. Join us as we attempt to break them down.
August 24 - Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Expansion Revealed
We've updated this page with a wealth of knowledge from Bungie's reveal stream - so the information below is as up to date as possible!
Witch Queen Release Date
Despite being intended to launch in 2021, The Witch Queen has been pushed back to February 22, 2022. To make it easier to remember, that means it'll launch on 2/2/22.
“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.”
That additional chapter is Destiny 2: The Final Shape.
Witch Queen Story and Campaign
This expansion will focus on Savathun, sister of the Taken King, Oryx.
The PSN description reads:
"Delve into Savathun's Throne World to uncover the mystery of how she and her Lucent Hive stole the Light. Learn the secrets to crafting new weapons, the new Glaive, and survive the truth within her web of lies."
According to a press release, players will "unravel the truth" behind Savathun, while also coming face-to-face with her Lucent Hive.
In short, these are Hive that now hold the power of the light - they've got their own supers, subclasses, and even their own Ghosts.
Bungie specifically compared the campaign to the likes of DOOM and Titanfall 2, suggesting a more unique approach than we've seen in recent story content.
There's also a new Legendary difficulty that Bungie says will challenge players but also offer better rewards.
Witch Queen CGI Trailer
The first CGI Trailer for The Witch Queen has been revealed, showing Guardians arriving on the Hive Throne World.
Witch Queen Gameplay Trailer
Check out the first gameplay for The Witch Queen below:
New Location - Hive Throne World
The teaser image Bungie shared has set fan speculation wild, suggesting that we could be heading to the swampy region of Old Chicago, but it actually appears it'll be the Hive Throne World instead.
As glimpsed in the teaser below, expect lots of... uh, water and debris? You can get a better look in the gameplay trailer above.
New Weapon Type - The Glaive
There's a new weapon type coming with Witch Queen. It might look a lot like a spear, but it's actually a Glaive, which is traditionally a polearm featuring a single-edged blade.
This new first-person melee weapon has a lot of defensive capabilities, but also offers Guardians the chance to unleash "powerful melee combos, fire projectiles, and deploy a powerful energy shield".
Take your first look at the new Glaive weapon, just below:
Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Price
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 the expansion could also be part of Xbox Game Pass.
Season Pass and Deluxe Edition
Witch Queen will kick off the next few seasons of Destiny 2, and Season 16, 17, 18 and 19 will be included in the game's Deluxe Edition.
Players will also get two Dungeons, an exotic SMG, catalyst, ornament, and sparrow - according to the PlayStation Store.
Pre-order customers will get an Exotic Ghost Shell, emote, and a new emblem.
Does The Witch Queen Add A New Subclass
Despite some rumours of a new subclass called Vapor, we won't be wielding any new Darkness-based powers in Witch Queen. Instead, our Void abilities will be brought up to the standard of Stasis, with customisable Fragments and Aspects.
Want to know more? We've detailed all the big changes, here.
A New Raid In The Witch Queen Expansion
The Witch Queen's Raid will take place in a Pyramid Ship on the Throne World. Expect it to form some of Witch Queen's most challenging combat.
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.
That's a huge deal, especially with confirmation that the original game's first (and best) raid, Vault of Glass, will be coming to Destiny 2 sometime in 2021.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Game Director Luke Smith noted that expansions won't necessarily reintroduce vaulted content – specifically noting that The Witch Queen will not.
"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.
Will A Major Character Die In The Witch Queen?
Ominous it appears the answer could be yes.
In Season Of The Lost, the Legendary sidearm 'Spoiler Alert' made a return with the weapon description plainly stating: "Someone is going to die."
It's worth noting the last time Bungie took it upon themselves to start dropping the weapon at current Power levels was right before the release of the Destiny 2 Forsaken expansion; which as noted, is when Bungie killed off Cayde-6.
Speaking to GamesRadar, senior narrative designer, Nikko Stevens, stated "It's not a coincidence. That's all I'll say."
Nobody is safe it seems.
The Witch Queen Lore
Have you heard of My Name Is Byf? He's arguably one of the most authoritative fountains of knowledge when it comes to Destiny 2 Lore and backstories. This is incredibly important when so many story beats are hidden in journals, small bits of conversation between players and more.
So to answer some of the biggest burning questions about The Witch Queen, give some of these Lore videos a watch:
Mara Sov silenced Savathun, but not before The Witch Queen got under her skin.
What We Know About Savathun's Throne world
How Hive Ghosts Were Made By Savathun?
What we know about Savathun's Hive Guardians
This is why Xivu Arath is hunting Savathun
"Oh Guardian Mine..." Why Savathun says it, what it could mean
What Comes After Destiny 2 Witch Queen?
After The Witch Queen, we know that the next expansion (for 2023) will be called Destiny 2: Lightfall and following that expansion, there is one last expansion set to arrive.
Destiny 2: The Final Shape will bring an end to the franchise's narrative threads with a "dramatic conclusion".
Bungie also describes this moment as a "transformative moment", instead of an ending.