The Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Launch is Getting Hit Hard With Errors and Premium Currency Issues [Updates]

The Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Launch is Getting Hit Hard With Errors and Premium Currency Issues [Updates]

Forget the wizards on the moon—there are technical difficulties to squash.

Update 2: Bungie's emergency maintenance on Destiny 2 and Destiny 1 ended at 8:54pm ET on October 1.

Update: At 5:13pm ET, Bungie announced on Twitter that it would be taking Destiny 2 and the original Destiny offline across all platforms for emergency maintenance. Prior to taking the servers for both games offline, Bungie restored the ability to purchase Silver on Steam. The original post continues below.

After a day of maintenance, Destiny 2 servers are back online for the simultaneous launch of the Shadowkeep expansion and the New Light update, Bungie's push to make the base Destiny 2 experience free-to-play. As is often the case with big launches for live service games, things break straight away. On the PC, Bungie is temporarily disabling the option to buy Silver, Destiny 2's premium currency, and players across all platforms are reporting difficulties with getting onto the servers at all.

Numerous players have taken to Twitter and Reddit after encountering various Destiny 2 error codes, including "Squirrel," "Weasel," and "Beaver." On its official support line Twitter account, Bungie has acknowledged a general increase in "Weasel" errors and a Steam-specific increase in "Beaver" errors—both networking errors.

Destiny 2 seems to be most troubled on the PC at the moment, with today marking its official Steam launch. On top of having to disable the option to purchase Silver on Steam due to an unspecified "emergent issue," it appears that the aforementioned "Squirrel" error may be tied to a compatibility issue concerning names on Steam and what Destiny 2 is able to display in-game.

Not only that, but players appear to be confused by the particulars of the new Destiny 2 update, the cross-save process, and how progress was transferred from over to Steam. Some players have missed Bungie's previous warnings that PC players would temporarily be unable to access content from last year's Forsaken expansion after the 24-hour maintenance and that all Guardians' power levels would be raised to a floor of 750 with the release of Shadowkeep.

Beyond acknowledging the “Beaver” and “Weasel” error increases and warning Steam players of the temporarily Silver inaccessibility, Bungie has not issued a more detailed statement or timeline on when players can expect these launch issues to be resolved.

If you're having trouble accessing Destiny 2, either to get at the new Shadowkeep content or start a fresh free-to-play journey with New Light, keep your eyes on Bungie's support Twitter. USG's guide section has everything else you need to know about Destiny 2, what Shadowkeep is adding, and what you get for free with New Light.

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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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