UPDATE, 7:30pm: Bungie has now formally unveiled its future plans for Destiny 2, with nearly the whole lot leaked earlier now confirmed to be true. The one notable addition, nevertheless, is that PlayStation 4 may even assist cross-save.
Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep growth will arrive on 17th September and can be fully standalone, that means no different earlier purchases are required to play. On the identical day, Bungie can be launching Destiny 2: New Light, a completely free-to-play model of the bottom recreation incorporating all Year 1 content material – which is to say, the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions.
Equally thrilling is affirmation that Bungie can be introducing a cross-save system when its retooled Destiny 2 arrives. This allows gamers to shift between platforms as they see match, selecting up from the place they left off earlier. This will work on Xbox One, Stadia, and Steam – and Bungie has confirmed that PS4 is supported too.
Fascinatingly, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reviews that Sony solely gave the go-ahead “on the final doable second”, sooner or later earlier than Bungie’s stream aired. That’s supported by the video itself, with PS4 notably absent from screens proven as a part of the pre-recorded cross-save reveal.
“We wished cross-save earlier than we shipped Destiny 2,” defined normal supervisor Mark Noseworthy within the video. But though a lot of the function was able to go at launch, it by no means emerged “due to ‘capital R’ causes…and lots of of these causes have disappeared”.
As Bungie’s head of neighborhood Eric Osborne notes later within the video, the studio (which lately parted methods with long-time writer Activision) is now free to construct Destiny “within the imaginative and prescient we would like it to be in…that is not dictated by a industrial mannequin or a marketing strategy…however our inventive imaginative and prescient, and what we wish to do for our gamers and what they need us to do.”
Destiny 2’s moon-based Shadowkeep growth is printed extra completely in Bungie’s positively jubilant “Out of the Shadows” announcement video under.
ORIGINAL STORY, 2.32pm: The core Destiny 2 providing is about to go free-to-play as a part of a shift in the direction of a Fortnite-style enterprise mannequin.
The information got here by way of an article on web site Engadget, which seems to have been by accident printed forward of developer Bungie’s deliberate official announcement set for later in the present day. The article was pulled, however after all the web caught a glimpse.
According to the report, the core Destiny 2 recreation that is going free-to-play can be known as Destiny 2: New Light, and contains the entire 12 months one content material, in addition to what are known as “foundational modes, actions and rewards”.
The article additionally confirms the latest leak of the Shadowkeep growth, which it says comes out on 17th September 2019.
Now free from the deal it signed with writer Activision, Bungie seems to be attempting new issues in a bid to rekindle curiosity in Destiny, with this free-to-play transfer step one. It’s price noting Shadowkeep will not require gamers personal earlier Destiny 2 expansions to both purchase or play, so these can leap straight in when it comes out later this 12 months.
It additionally appears to be like like Bungie goes for a Fortnite-style enterprise mannequin. Pre-orders for Shadowkeep popped up on the Microsoft Store (thanks, True Achievements), and the itemizing included particulars of a Deluxe version. This Deluxe version contains 4 season passes, “every providing a singular set of unique Seasonal actions, artifacts, and rewards”. Sounds a bit like Fortnite’s technique of releasing a brand new battle cross each season.
Destiny 2 can be about to get cross-platform save between Xbox One and PC, together with Google Stadia, however not PlayStation 4, in line with the Engadget article. This will let gamers entry the identical characters from their main account on totally different platforms. According to Engadget, Destiny 2 is transferring from Blizzard’s Battle.web over to Steam, too.
And one other element: apparently Bungie says there can be no extra platform-exclusive weapons, armour, maps or actions, which is actually a welcome change.
And lastly, for all you Eris Morn followers on the market, Destiny’s moody Hive-lover is again, sparked by horrible monsters spewing out from the moon. Lovely.