Destiny 2 Beyond Light arrived on 10 November 2020 and it's safe to say that in the months that followed, and every new season, the story has started to ramp up significantly. This isn't to say Beyond Light was inconsequential, but at no point did the stakes ever feel very high for our guardians.
Already though, The Witch Queen expansion feels big, important and like it's going to have huge implications on the game's storyline in the same way that the Forsaken expansion did with the death of Cayde-6.
Season 15 will likely have a big say in how this action unfolds, but Season 16 could be where everything properly kicks into gear.
With that in mind, here's everything we know so far about Season 16 of Destiny 2.
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25 August 2021 -
Destiny 2 Season 16 will arrive alongside the games next big expansion, The Witch Queen.
As noted by Bungie and multiple retailers, Destiny 2 Witch Queen Expansion will include "Seasons 16-19".
Quite how Bungie plans to bridge the gap between Season 15 until the release date - February 22, 2022 - we don't know, but that's neither here nor there.
We also imagine that the story and lore throughout Season 15 will hold many clues as to how the next season will play out. So keep your eyes peeled for the Destiny 2 Weekly Reset for updates.
Destiny 2 Season 16 Release Date
As noted previouslyt, Destiny 2 seasons have traditionally run for three months apiece, but Bungie has confirmed that Season 16 will launch alongside The Witch Queen.
Previously The Witch Queen was meant to release in 2021, but was delayed until February 22, 2022.
As such, Destiny 2 Season 16 has a confirmed release date of February 22, 2022
Destiny 2 Season 16 Story
By now we know full well that Savathun is Destiny's next big bad villain and in Season 15 it seems likely that Bungie will be setting up all the necessary parts ahead of the Witch Queen expansion.
But a lot rests on when Season 16 is released. If the plan is for Season 16 to arrive with Witch Queen, then it's going to be a huge season for the games wider story and lore.
Either way, we should expect to see plenty of leaks and rumours throughout Season 15 which give us some clues as to what is coming next.
[Update - The same PlayStation store leak has given us our first tidbit of information: "Delve into Savathûn’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. A twisted wonderland of corruption and splendor, Savathûn’s Throne World plays host to a fragile balance of power. From her palace to the swamp, all that she hides can be found here."]
New Destiny 2 PVP Maps In Season 16
Destiny 2's Assistant Game Director Joe Blackburn revealed some time ago that there were no plans for new Crucible maps in Season 15. Sorry PVP fans.
However, Blackburn did explain in his lengthy Twitter thread that there were plans for new maps coming in Season 16. This looks to come in the form of two reprised Destiny 1 maps.
The full quote can be seen below:
New maps take time to get right, so to open the faucet for S16, the team is working on porting two vaulted Destiny 2 maps to be compatible with our engine updates. - Joe Blackburn
It's worth also noting that though Season 16 is only adding 'older' Destiny 1 maps, Season 17 will add a completely new map.
New Destiny 2 Season 16 Features
Some time ago it was revealed that Bungie was testing destructible environments (thanks, Forbes). We're not sure if this is something coming in Season 15 just yet, but on the off chance that this is a new feature that comes a little too early for Season 15 we can imagine it's a feature coming to Season 16 further down the line.
If you want to see this new feature in action, check it out below, with trees that can be destroyed:
Destiny 2 Season 16 Price
If you've got the deluxe version of Beyond Light, then you'll have access to all seasons heading into Witch Queen – that's seasons 13, 14 and 15.
However, Witch Queen was delayed and pushed back into 2022, so it's still unknown if Season 16 will arrive before Witch Queen launches, or if Bungie is planning for a longer Season 15 instead.
If It arrives before Witch Queen, Bungie could give it away for free for those who bought the deluxe version of Beyond Light. For anyone who didn't buy the expansion, expect to pay up with yet more silver, for roughly £10.