Destiny 2 Goes Free-to-Play

Bungie is making Destiny 2 free-to-play as part of a massive update to the series.

Bungie has confirmed that it is working on a new version of Destiny called Destiny 2: New Light that is not only going to be free to all users from now on but will include all of the game’s year one content. That includes the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions and all other content updates released during the game’s first year.

On top of that, players will be able to purchase a Deluxe Edition of the game that includes four season passes that feature “a unique set of exclusive Seasonal activities, artifacts, and rewards.” The obvious comparison here is to Fortnite

Interestingly, Bungie will also stop its timed exclusivity agreement with Sony and the PS4 and make the game available on PC via Steam. This news is especially notable since a new cross-save feature will allow players to transfer characters and data between all current-gen platforms, PC, and Google Stadia.

As for Steam, it will now be the new home of Destiny 2 on PC. Bungie intends to release instructions on how this transfer and conversion from will work.

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Despite previous rumors, Bungie has also confirmed that it is bringing cross-save to the PS4. Sony had reportedly blocked a similar feature in the past, but it seems that the sides have come to an arrangement that should hopefully be completed soon. 

It’s rumored that this update will release alongside the game’s upcoming Shadowkeep expansion sometime in September. Players will be able to purchase the Shadowkeep expansion without owning any of the game’s prior DLC, which should help players jump into the game’s fresh start. Bungie has also confirmed that future season releases will be standalone, which means you can jump in and out of the game at any time as new content interests you. 

All things considered, it certainly feels safe to say that Destiny 2 is benefiting from Bungie’s split from Activision

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014