Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Launch Trailer Has Moon Battles, Tanks... and Beck

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Launch Trailer Has Moon Battles, Tanks... and Beck

Ever listened to Guero, Guardian?

If Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's return to the Moon isn't activating your brain's nostalgia centers for the halcyon days of early Destiny in 2014, maybe the sound of Beck's "E-Pro" will help get you there. Bungie just premiered the launch trailer for its first Destiny 2 expansion since leaving Activision, and it definitely presents a blend of old and new.

The trailer opens with some impressive shots of Shadowkeep's Moon environments before giving us a glimpse of the new Nightmares—resurrected specters of past Destiny villains—that will harass us in the lunar locales. Eris Morn, the spooky Hive-seeking Hunter at the heart of Shadowkeep's story, narrates the first chunk of the trailer. We know Morn set off from Earth before the events of Destiny 2 fearing a new threat, but now that she's found it she seems ready for a fight. "You know that thing that goes bump in the night?" she asks. "Become that thing."

Then the Beck fully kicks in with the help of some bassy tank blasts and the trailer runs through some new stuff that's coming to Destiny 2 in Shadowkeep: more Exotic loot, quests and activities, strikes, Crucible content, a dungeon that looks like the Hive's version of the show Wipeout, and a new Vex-themed raid called Garden of Salvation. There's a good mix of creepy, cavernous temples and large outdoor melees on display. It definitely feels like that massive Vex portal looming over the lunar surface might have something to do with the raid.

Bungie also takes a moment to show off finishers, remind folks of the new Armor 2.0 system, and highlights that access to Season of the Undying, normally $9.99 USD on its own, will come bundled with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep ($34.99). If you buy Shadowkeep after that season ends, you'll be comped access to whatever the active season is when you purchase it, as Bungie wants players engaging with its new battle pass-like approach to seasons and limited-time content.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 1. On the same day Bungie will release the New Light update, which will make Destiny 2's base game free-to-play. For more on Shadowkeep, check out our guides and Bungie's content roadmap.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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