Yesterday Google and Bungie tag-teamed a series of Destiny 2 news announcements that prepared players for a new chapter of the game’s lifecycle.
The big reveals were that the game was coming to Google Stadia and Steam (instead of Battle.net), and that cross-save was happening for all platforms. They also stated that the base portion of Destiny 2 was going free-to-play, and over the course of the evening, further clarified some of the finer points of that facet of their future (and noted that they won’t be attending E3 traditionally, with a booth).
First off, as they intimated on stream, Battle.net PC players will be able to move their PC purchase off of the platform and onto Steam for free. They’re announcing the process “later this summer,” and it will consist of “just a few quick steps” to move your character, vault (bank), and all progress over. Bungie says to “watch this space,” as the process has its own landing page. Similarly, the “first steps” to cross-save will happen later this summer, facilitated through Bungie.net.
As for the free-to-play version it’s actually called “New Light” and will be available on the same date as the upcoming expansion, September 17. “Every platform” will allow you to download New Light, and you basically get everything before Year Two of the game (so no Forsaken) for free, as well as the chance to participate in open world activities with friends. If you want the Year Two Forsaken expansion and its season pass (its bundled now) you pay up and you can play it. The same goes for the upcoming expansion.
The last bit of Destiny 2‘s Year Two content, the Season of Opulence, also arrived. You can find a full “known issue” list below so you know what to watch out for. Outside of Opulence and some other ancillary live updates, you’re waiting until September 17’s Shadowkeep expansion as far as major content is concerned.
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Bungie clarifies some aspects of the ‘new era’ of Destiny 2