Destiny 2 Season of Arrivals is the current season of content, and it'll lead into Destiny 2: Beyond Light in September, 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 2022!
The Witch Queen will be arriving in 2021, here's all we know so far.
Witch Queen Delayed - February 25
In its latest blog post, Bungie confirmed that the Witch Queen has moved to 2022 - but also announced a wealth of positive changes.
Find out more here.
The expansion arrives in 2021, and given the usual release cadence of the game's expansions, you should expect it in September.
With Beyond Light slipping to November, though, it could have a knock-on effect.
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.
Hopefully Beyond Light will tee up the Witch Queen expansion's story.
There's no trailer for the expansion yet, but you'll find its announcement late in 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.
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."
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
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 The Witch Queen will introduce a new raid, likely seeing us face off against Savathun in a climactic battle.
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."
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After The Witch Queen, we know that the next expansion (for 2022) will be called Lightfall.