Today, Destiny 2's Season of the Forge sorta begins. Or at least, it soft-launches, as it's officially scheduled for December to kick off. It's part of Destiny 2's new seasonal structure, where new content is added on a seasonal basis to keep the game bustling. For what's to come in Destiny 2, Bungie has outlined its plans in a new blog and video detailing the self-described "advent calendar"-like structure.
Starting today there are new ranks, new weapons across many modes (namely Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard), as well as new Triumphs. But it's only the beginning of the Season of the Forge, which will last from December to February, to be followed by the Season of the Drifter. The seasonal structure is split into two tiers: content that is free to all players (players who own Forsaken get some bonus content too, like a Power Increase), and content that is locked behind the new $34.99 Destiny 2: Forsaken Annual Pass.
For Season of the Forge, under the Annual Pass players who subscribe will be getting a new raid on December 7 (the same release day as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), black armory forges throughout the season, black armory weapons and gear, and more. Season of the Forge will also host the return of the winter-themed event The Dawning on December 11, which is available for all players. Crimson Days will follow once again in February too. Season of the Forge officially commences on December 4, when players will be "invited" to the Black Armory, where new quests (and rewards) await.
Destiny 2's most recent expansion Forsaken launched back in September, and brought with it a host of huge gameplay changes. It's debatable whether it was enough to save Destiny 2, but it still enacted a lot of the changes that players were wishing for. In the meantime, Destiny 2's new seasons are sure to either excite or annoy fans, but at least Bungie's being transparent in what it has planned for the future of the shared world shooter.