The core Destiny 2 offering is set to go free-to-play as part of a shift towards a Fortnite-style business model.
The news came via an article on website Engadget, which appears to have been accidentally published ahead of developer Bungie’s planned official announcement set for later today. The article was pulled, but of course the internet caught a glimpse.
According to the report, the core Destiny 2 game that’s going free-to-play will be called Destiny 2: New Light, and includes all of the year one content, as well as what are called “foundational modes, activities and rewards”.
The article also confirms the recent leak of the Shadowkeep expansion, which it says comes out on 17th September 2019.
Now free from the deal it signed with publisher Activision, Bungie appears to be trying new things in a bid to rekindle interest in Destiny, with this free-to-play move the first step. It’s worth noting Shadowkeep won’t require players own previous Destiny 2 expansions to either buy or play, so those interested can jump straight in when it comes out later this year.
It also looks like Bungie is going for a Fortnite-style business model. Pre-orders for Shadowkeep popped up on the Microsoft Store (thanks, True Achievements), and the listing included details of a Deluxe edition. This Deluxe edition includes four season passes, “each offering a unique set of exclusive Seasonal activities, artifacts, and rewards”. Sounds a bit like Fortnite’s method of releasing a new battle pass every season.
Destiny 2 is also about to get cross-platform save between Xbox One and PC, including Google Stadia, but not PlayStation 4, according to the Engadget article. This will let players access the same characters from their primary account on different platforms. According to Engadget, Destiny 2 is moving from Blizzard’s Battle.net over to Steam, too.
And another detail: apparently Bungie says there will be no more platform-exclusive weapons, armour, maps or activities, which is certainly a welcome change.
And finally, for all you Eris Morn fans out there, Destiny’s moody Hive-lover is back, sparked by horrible monsters spewing out from the moon. Lovely.