Oops! In what looks to be an accident, Engadget has posted an article that detailed Bungie’s plans to possibly save Destiny 2. Pretty much everything that Bungie was planning on announcing during today’s live stream has been leaked ahead of time. While I really wish companies would stop doing this, it also means we’re able to get a look at what’s planned.
First up is the announcement of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, the expansion that was data-mined from the recent update. The new expansion will be released on September 17, 2019. This also coincides with all the prior expansions for Destiny 2 going free to play. Meaning you’ll be able to download and play them ahead of the release of Shadowkeep. However, newer content will still be paid. And just like it was rumored a few months back, looks like this expansion will be head back to the moon. A location that was playable in Destiny 1, and was also a location that many players wanted Bungie to take them back to. Looks like they got their wish.
Also with this, the baseline game of Destiny 2 will see a name change to Destiny 2: New Light. Again, which will include all of the year one content, Curse of Osiris and Warmind.
The article also provided confirmation on yet another rumor, Destiny 2 on Stadia. With both Bungie’s and Google’s Stadia live conference taking place today, we figured we’d hear something about this. Now we know this is definitely going to happen. Which also will include cross-platform and cross-save support for not just Stadia, but also for the Xbox One and PC. Apparently, Sony wasn’t on board with this so the PS4 community will be left out. We’ve been asking for this even before Destiny 2 launches, so I’m happy to see that it’s finally happening.
Also gone is the exclusive content issue, that has been a problem for all Destiny 2 players. Previously the PlayStation 4 would see new content that wouldn’t be available on the Xbox One or PC for months on end. That’s going away and I for one am glad to see this happening. I really disliked the idea that I had to choose one platform or another just due to 3rd party content.
However, the biggest change is that Destiny 2 will depart Activision/Blizzard’s Battle.net and will move to Steam. Which is odd as it was mentioned previously that Destiny 2 would stay on Battle.net for the foreseeable future. Looks like either Activision changed their mind or Bungie wanted to get away from Activision completely. Either way, that’s huge news for Steam and also gives the players something else that they wanted.
When Destiny 2 was announced to be headed to Battle.net, it wasn’t taken very well by the PC gaming community. I wonder how the transfer process is going to work and how many issues we’re going to encounter. There’s currently no listing in Steam and I wasn’t able to find it in SteamDB. But if it’s coming to Steam, it will likely up there during or at the end of the live stream. I’ll also add that putting Steam into the big is a huge push in a certain ongoing digital store war.
Speaking of which, the Destiny 2 live stream will take place today at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. You’ll be able to watch it via Twitch, YouTube and Mixer.