After a leak showed Destiny 2’s third year would kick off with a major expansion titled Shadowkeep, Bungie has outlined what players should expect from the DLC.
Guardians will find the moon “twisted, reshaped, and haunted by the trials of our past.” The expansion also makes the return of Eris Morn, a vanguard hunter who was the main quest-giver in the original Destiny’s The Dark Below expansion.
A new “ViDoc” trailer details much of the expansion, and also outlines Bungie’s ongoing strategy for Destiny 2. Shadowkeep is also part of a move by Bungie to further dive down the RPG grinding that has tainted the experience previously.
Bungie have stated that they are changing the way armour works with “armour 2.0”. Mods can now be applied to any piece of armour. There’s a new seasonal artefact item with upgradable perks, the last tier of upgrades, Bungie says, will offer perks that feel akin to what an exotic provides.
Other details are listed as:
- Finishing moves add an extra flourish to combat, but little information is known about these, yet.
- New exotics, including a bow with knockback capabilities, and trace rifle that creates an enlarging weak point as it hones in on an enemy, and a hand cannon that fires special ammo to burn enemies.
- Crucible playlists will be getting reworked.
- The endgame climb will be changed drastically; Bungie wants players to feel like they’re always in the midst of the endgame.
- The next raid will return guardians to the original Destiny’s Black Garden location.
- The “New Light” free-to-play option will have a new intro that returns to the Cosmodrome
- The New Light content will be available to all players, along with new ones.
- After finishing the New Light mission, you will receive a series of short missions that will slowly unlock each destination.
- Season eight of Destiny 2 will focus on the crucible.
- Shadowkeep will continue some of the loose plot threads from Destiny 2’s base campaign.
The expansion will launch on September 17, and can be purchased standalone, meaning players won’t need to buy Forsaken or last year’s Annual Pass to jump in.