Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep expansion has just been announced with a release date of September 17, but some of Destiny 2’s biggest news comes from what’s happening to the existing game.
Destiny Shadowkeep will be a completely standalone expansion, meaning that unlike all previous Destiny expansions you won’t have to purchase any of the previous ones to play it.
At the release of Shadowkeep, Destiny 2’s core game, including all year one content, will be completely free-to-play.
The new free-to-play base game will be called Destiny 2: New Light and includes Destiny 2, its original raid, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind will all be playable for free.
To play the most recent Forsaken expansion though, you’ll still need to pick up the Forsaken DLC as well as the Annual Pass. Both of which are now being sold in a bundle for $40.
If you’re on PC, you’ll also have the delight being moved over to the Steam launcher. Previously, Destiny 2 was exclusive to Activision Blizzard’s own Battle.net launcher, but since Activision and Bungie’s split the game needed a new home.
In the announcement for Destiny’s store switch up, Bungie poked a little fun at the idea of getting “an Epic partnership”, but then announced the move to Steam.
All save-data, guardians, and purchased content will be transferred seamlessly as well. Bungie says that there will be a complete guide on the transfer process closer to the release date of Shadowkeep and the date of the move.
On top of all this, Bungie also announced the beginning of full cross-save support, meaning you’ll be able to play your saves with your guardians on any platform. And this includes the upcoming Google Stadia, which Bungie has newly partnered with.
Destiny looks to be on a bright new path after its split from Activision, and its future will be an interesting one if it continues with promising moves like this.