Dedicated Destiny 2 players are eagerly awaiting the release of Shadowkeep, but on the same day a whole new contingent of Guardians is going to join the fray: free players. Bungie is making a considerable swath of Destiny 2's content free-to-play with the New Light update to coincide with Shadowkeep's launch, and a newly-released infographic outlines exactly what players can get without putting in any cash.
Some of the terminology in Bungie's infographic might not mean much to a brand new player, but it's still the most straightforward accounting of what parts of the game are becoming free-to-play.
Generally speaking, free players are getting all of Destiny's Year 1 content, plus some PVE and PVP bonuses from Year 2, and access to every free roam destination added to the game so far (including Shadowkeep's new Moon area). They won't necessarily get all the loot that can be earned in those newer modes and areas, though—free players can collect Year 1 Exotic weapons and armor, which presumably means that playing any Year 2 or 3 content won't entail corresponding Exotic drops.
There are a few subtle catches listed in the infographic that could use some explaining. The Black Armory Forges are just one component of the Black Armory update released last year. Also, it looks like free players may be able to access non-Year 1 strikes if they come up in the strike playlist, but will be strictly limited to Year 1 strikes while directly launching a strike or when tackling Nightfalls.
If you're going to start your Destiny 2 journey with the launch of free-to-play on October 1, just refer to that infographic and check out our extensive Destiny 2 guides section for more help on whatever activities and modes you need some help with.