Destiny 2 Free-To-Play, Expansion Release Date Leak Ahead of Announcement

Destiny 2 Free-To-Play, Expansion Release Date Leak Ahead of Announcement

Big changes are coming to Destiny 2, including a move to Steam.

Destiny 2's next big expansion, Shadowkeep, is going to bring some big changes. According to an early post of an article, Shadowkeep will be arriving September 17 and will mark Destiny 2's move to free-to-play.

The article, which was quickly taken down but archived on the Destiny subreddit, says the new core game will be called Destiny 2: New Light, and will feature all year one content including "foundational modes, activities, and rewards." Bungie will be offering more content in paid form, "à la carte," with expansions like Shadowkeep. Destiny 2 will also reportedly be coming to Steam, as part of Bungie's newfound independence from Activision Blizzard.

This isn't the first Destiny 2 leak this week either; its plans to enable cross-save functionality also seeped through the cracks thanks to datamining of a new in-game banner. The name Shadowkeep also leaked out in similar fashion, advertising a trip to Earth's moon to take the fight to the Hive.

Destiny 2 has had a tumultuous go of it, with former parent company Activision Blizzard saying its most recent major update, Forsaken, "underperformed" in a financial call last November. In January, Bungie broke loose from Activision and struck out on its own as developer and publisher of Destiny. Shadowkeep represents not only a new slice of Destiny 2 content, but Bungie's first on its own. It could set the tone of Destiny 2 to come, and from these various leaks, it seems Shadowkeep will do more than simply add a few new missions into the mix.

We can expect to see confirmation of this during a livestream later today, where Bungie will officially unveil Shadowkeep. In the meantime, if all these leaks have you excited for E3 2019, check out our E3 2019 schedule guide.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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