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Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Expansion: Everything We Know So Far

Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer is the current season of content, but Destiny 2 Season 15 is fast approaching. Following on from the release of Beyond Light in 2020, Bungie took the unusual step of confirming the names of the game's next big expansions.

The Witch Queen will be arriving in 2022, followed by Destiny 2 Lightfall in 2023. To keep things simple, we're keeping all the relevant info together in one place.

All official info will be updated as and when it drops, but there should be plenty coming soon with a special event planned for August.

Read More: Destiny 2 Lightfall - Everything We Know

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Savathun's True Form Revealed? July 21

Spoiler alert through the link here, but it appears that Savathun's true form has been leaked - and she's pretty scary.

We're not embedding the tweet, as we're trying to avoid spoilers.

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New Lore Reading - July 15

As part of the Bungie Foundation's Giving Campaign, Bungie rewarded players for their generosity with a new lore reading called "To The Witch Queen" from Nicole Olson, of the Community Team.

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Witch Queen Expansion Event - July 7

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Destiny 2 has celebrated Bungie Day with the announcement of a new Destiny 2 Showcase coming in August.

The plan is for the developers to showcase what is coming next, which is likely the Witch Queen expansion. It might be delayed until 2022, but there's still plenty of teasing to come. Here's what Bungie told their fans:

This morning, we sent out a save the date for next month. We hope you can join us on August 24 for some exciting news about the future of Destiny. These are our favorite times, and we look forward to sharing more with you, but for now... no spoilers.

Quria Defeated - July 2

This week's story quest had Guardians defeat Quria, The Dreaming Mind. That's caused some celebration in the Last City, but it feels as though there's more to come.

Find out more here.

Release Date

Despite being intended to launch in 2021, The Witch Queen has been pushed back to 2022.

As per a blog post in early 2021:

“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.”

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Expansion Story

This expansion will focus on Savathun, sister of the Taken King, Oryx.

Savathun has been referenced in plenty of Destiny content so far, so we're looking forward to finally facing off against her.

With theories suggesting Savathun has already infiltrated the Vanguard and the Last City, things are getting more exciting than ever.

Expansion Trailer

There's no trailer for the expansion yet, but you'll find its announcement late in this Destiny retrospective.

New Location - Old Chicago

The teaser image Bungie shared has set fan speculation wild, suggesting that we could be heading to the swampy region of Old Chicago.

Europa was featured in some early Destiny 1 art, before making its way to the sequel as part of Beyond Light, and another piece of that early art showed an area called Old Chicago.

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This spookier area definitely gives off 'Witch Queen' vibes, and is mentioned in Graviton Lance's lore text.

Chicago, in Destiny's universe, was hit hard by the collapse, falling into a swampy state and filled with aggressive enemies that hunted civilians – and Guardians. Could this be where we face Savathun?

Price

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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 expansions could also be part of Xbox Game Pass.

Season Pass

Season Passes return, but Bungie has promised some changes from the implementation in 2019's Shadowkeep.

"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."

New Features

We don't know what's coming as part of the expansion, but we'd expect the following:

Subclass Changes

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.

We may even get an additional damage type as we did with Stasis.

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Sandbox Changes

Destiny's "sandbox" is a general way of describing how the game plays, and it'll likely be getting hefty updates with the expansion.

New Raid?

There's a good chance that The Witch Queen will introduce a new raid, likely seeing us face off against Savathun in a climactic battle.

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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.

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.

What Next?

After The Witch Queen, we know that the next expansion (for 2023) will be called Lightfall.

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