The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Destiny 2 Is Free On PC [Last Chance]

Suit up, Guardians.

50 Comments

It's officially your last chance to get Destiny 2 for free on PC. The game is available between now and November 18 for anyone with a Battle.net account. Get it, and it's yours to keep and play forever. Note that this is the vanilla version of Destiny 2, so it doesn't come with the numerous expansions that have arrived since the game launched last year. Even so, there's plenty to do in it.

While it doesn't include Forsaken, the big Year 2 update Bungie launched in September, buying Forsaken gets you all Year 1 content as well. And if you want a taste of what comes in Forsaken, you'll be able to try out Gambit, one of Forsaken's major new modes, during a free trial that runs November 9-11. Gambit is a mode that combines PvE and PvP, so you can take down computer-controlled enemies or, at certain points, invade the opposing team's side and battle against them.

No Caption Provided

Destiny 2 is a shared-world first-person shooter that's packed with PvE and PvP content you can take on to level up your character and amass a collection of armor and weapons. In our original PvE and PvP content, Kallie Plagge wrote, "In true Destiny fashion, if you do something once, you'll probably end up doing it many more times. The difference with Destiny 2 is in the variety and accessibility of what's available, which cuts down on a lot of the frustration associated with grinding." And if you're interested in the expansions, you can read our Destiny 2: Forsaken review as well.

If you've been holding off on trying Destiny 2, you might as well give it a shot now. Just make sure to download it before it goes back up to full price on November 18.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Destiny 2 Video Review

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 50 comments about this story
50 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for externalpower43
Externalpower43

519

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

Too bad its impossible to download. First Battlenet wouldn't connect then it wouldn't update now after pouring through forums and support pages its still not working. Amazing. What a third rate developer.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for santinegrete
santinegrete

4892

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 45

User Lists: 0

santinegrete  Online

@externalpower43: yeah, it's the only big glaring fault over the Steam client.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gunnyninja
GunnyNinja

775

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

Well, I was never going to buy it, that's ONE way of getting me to try this type of game...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for deactivated-5d4c0b80dcd76
deactivated-5d4c0b80dcd76

595

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

This game is like those hand card ads handed out on the street in NYC for comedy shows or entertainment venues with low foot traffic...nobody wants it, just wave em off!!

And you can keep your expensive micro transaction game!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for santinegrete
santinegrete

4892

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 45

User Lists: 0

santinegrete  Online

So it doesn't even have a level cap now? free vanilla, free free?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for nikon133
nikon133

1453

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

Sounds like D2 universe is getting quite desolate and they desperately need more life in it.

It is sad that D2 hasn't really pushed past D1... it should have been bigger and better than D1 in every possible way, but it looks like devs have, I don't know... rolled the stats within the same boundaries, and made something somewhat different, but still too much the same. That's really my impression, after playing it for couple of months. I was hopeful that latest expansion will really open it up, but it looks like it hasn't happened.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for datriax
datriax

584

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

What a great idea. Let me go download Activision's transaction machine for free. Can't wait to find out how much money I have to dump in to it, in order to updated it to current revision, and be competently equipped without having to grind until my eyes melt.

No, thanks.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for johnjohn69
johnjohn69

1

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

Does this mean I have destiny 2 on my battlenet account for me to redownload whenever or can I not download it to a different computer after Nov. 18?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for skipper847
skipper847

7334

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 9

User Lists: 0

Just downloaded battle.net and signed up and all that rift raft then it says you got to unlock it with sms text message. So you got to put your phone number in too. no thanks.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for s1taz4a3l
s1taz4a3l

334

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

Edited By s1taz4a3l

@skipper847: The sms is for battle.net, its a security measure and you can disable it...

I dont have it enabled and i could get the copy just fine, even tho my Bnet account was lapsed over 4 years maybe more.

Ignorance at its best, a millennial birthright.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for zerohournow
Zerohournow

705

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

Edited By Zerohournow

The Blizzard website makes ZERO mention of this free download but you can find the link in the gift section of your account or via a link on Activisions website.

5 • 
Avatar image for santinegrete
santinegrete

4892

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 45

User Lists: 0

santinegrete  Online

@zerohournow: tru dat, claimed it!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for theotherjeff
TheOtherJeff

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@zerohournow: Aaahhh, that's because they'd much prefer you to buy the expansion by accident.

It's a 50 step process, because If you're giving away something for free, you have to make it as hard as possible to guarantee a sense of accomplishment.

Anyway, the steps are :
1/ Create a battlenet account, (if you already have one, you can skip to step 12)
12/ Enable SMS protect (I don't actually know if this is necessary but saw somewhere that it was need in order to claim the free copy)
26/ go to https://www.destinythegame.com
27/ Scroll down to find the "get destiny 2 for free"
29/ select "Claim the game"
32/ Download the game
50/ Start playing with the character you've just finished making.

Have omitted a few of the more obvious steps, if anyone needs those feel free to tell me about it.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kiggor
Kiggor

237

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@theotherjeff: it really isnt hard nor does it take anywhere close to get the game........ i already have a account so when i got on it was gifted to me. i didnt have to go to the site to claim it at all. also how can there be so many different steps in between theses? haha

Upvote • 
Avatar image for theotherjeff
TheOtherJeff

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@kiggor: I was exaggerating a bit in a poor attempt at humour. (Except steps 26-29, think I may have actually missed one there.)

With that said, I spent some time actually finding out what was required in order to get to the point where one could claim the game, because the info given in the article was a bit lacking, figured I'd post the primary steps as I did check the comments before starting the search and figured a few others might do the same and I could save them some effort.

The D2 site did a crap job of showing you where to go, homepage had a "Get it now" notice that took up pretty much the whole screen, which took you to the deluxe edition page of the store. If you went to the storefront it didn't even have an option for the standard edition. It was genuinely a few clicks and some scrolling to get to point where you got the option to claim as pictured in the above article.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kiggor
Kiggor

237

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@theotherjeff: well if you used some common sense then you would have just went to the battle.net launcher and click only once to get the game and no more haha. thats simply your fault. to actually get the free game is very easy and fast. you made it hard on yourself.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for theotherjeff
TheOtherJeff

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@kiggor: Gosh, why didn't I think of that.

OK, so steps -20 to 0 was stuffing about with battlenet, it may have been because at that moment I didn't have sms protect enabled, but battlenet only wanted to sell me a destiny 2 with the forsaken expansion. So yeah, Double points to activision blizzard for making stuff convoluted

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kiggor
Kiggor

237

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@theotherjeff: BS. destiny 2 was gifted to everyone that had a battlenet account. that why if you just went to its launcher and go to destiny 2 tab, you just hit the claim and its all yours free to download whenever too because it lock with your account forever. there is no other steps no them trying to sell the dlc too. THATS IT! so good job making it 100 times harder for no reason.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for theotherjeff
TheOtherJeff

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@kiggor: I'm glad it was easy for you to claim. It was available to claim by anyone who had the SMSProtect setup on their battlenet account. If like me, you didn't have that setup, you had to go and stuff around in order to find out that it was required, and most articles like the one above failed to mention it (Hence my mentioning it as step 12 of my "how to claim it" post), then activate it, and then find it to claim.

Prior to going through the above mentioned hoops, I logged into my battlenet account and went to the destiny 2 tab and got offered destiny 2 with the expansions at full price. There wasn't even a base Destiny 2 option and there wasn't an option for claiming a free copy, possibly because I didn't have SMSP enabled. Tried the store and had the same problem, there wasn't even any mention that you could claim a copy if you had SMSProtect enabled. Once I had it enabled I didn't bother looking on battlenet as I had already done that.

I don't really care if you thing I'm talking BS, that's your prerogative. I'm saying Activision-Blizzard made it overly complicated and failed to communicate basic information. Pretty much everything they've done in the last couple of months they could have done better, this is one of those things.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for VampireLord123
VampireLord123

255

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

Edited By VampireLord123

Wow amazing, people complaining about a company giving you a game for free. I had the game already and it is not that bad, a little disjointed storywise. As a multiplayer game, to be honest it feels like just anything else that other MMOs (Warframe for example) do already, so there is nothing special there unless you are really into the lore and the aesthetics.

Now days nobody seems to talk about how MMOs and multiplayer games are getting really staled, pretty much every developer copies and pastes the same formularover and over again with only a few changes, it is really worrysome.

3 • 
Avatar image for theotherjeff
TheOtherJeff

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@VampireLord123: I would hope it's not so much the complaining about a free game, but more about the fact that the developer is saying it performed way below expectations, but hey, you can have it for free, please go wild on the microtransactions.

Totally agree on the MMO & Multiplayer being stale. Have my own theory about that, it's not something I had thought about much and then got reminded a few days ago that the heads of most of the big publishers are former marketing. They were all good at marketing, I don't think anyone could argue that, however it's not the right skillset to have as someone in charge of a creative industry. Previously, they got given a product, which had features A, B C & D and they did a great job marketing it. Now they've got products W, X, Y & Z and they're selling ok, but as marketing guys they go, hey this demographic isn't buying game X, they're playing game Q instead, they're similar but Q has feature 3, X only has 1 & 2, so if we add 3, that demographic will play it. But at the same time the publishers of Q are thinking the same of game X and are getting features 1 & 2 add to it. And neither of them want to impliment features 5 though 9 because they're new and you don't want the audience being scared away by new features.

It's also why the publishers are telling you what you want, EA says you don't want singleplayer, it's crap no-one plays it, is what they would like you to believe, they're not alone, there are other publishers with the same view-point. Ubisoft thinks you should only buy 1 game with small frequent & probably expensive (transaction laden) expansions & only play that one game for the next 50 years. Activision-Blizzard, I don't know actually, getting the impression they want you to be playing on your phones with your family, cause nothing says quality family time like slaying demons with your 5 year old kid.



2 • 
Avatar image for VampireLord123
VampireLord123

255

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

@theotherjeff: Yes you are right everyone wants a piece of the cake so they try to copy each other out because if they dont add this new feature that X company put in there games, they are going to miss out profit, and that is what is all about for big publishers.

I think what happen in the gaming industry is similar to what happen to the fast food chain restaurants, like McDonalds, BurgerKing, KFC, etc. At some point these restaurants had be very good because otherwise they would not have been able to grow the way they did. Just what happen with EA and Mass Effect 1 + 2, Ubisoft Assasins Creed 2, Activision with Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Once these franchises went sky high, then came the real profits. And these people like anyone else always want more profit and revenue so they have to keep growing no matter the cost. It is true for every business, they always have to keep growing, otherwise you end up like Telltale games.

However the cost of this, is a declining in quality content, they will just keep repeating the same over, and over because is the safest way to keep getting more money. Just like fast food restaurants they will add some new item to their menus, but in reality these new items or features is just a marketing trick to keep going to the same restaurant and keep buying the same stuff.

I think we are stuck in this place because the masses prefer games like this over quality content, because it is familiar and they know what to expect. Sometimes trying something new can be a little stressful and might take a while to get use to but it can be better, I think a company that prove this was CD Project Red with Witcher 3 and after their big success, instead of milking it, they went forward and even try something different like Cyberpunk 2077. This company deserves respect because is more worry about quality than quantity.

3 • 
Avatar image for Peazo
Peazo

155

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Edited By Peazo

I never played the first one and recently I've been playing Warframe which I'm enjoying due it's variety in game types from relic finding, sorties, giant beasts on the plains, even fishing, all of which I can do with other people forced together in groups if i choose.

So far in Destiny 2, which i downloaded for free, it's been mainly a solo game as I'm terrible at PvP. Theres a few alerts but more often than nought this has been solo, or with a someone who happens to be in the same spot. Even then it feels disconnected, no communication or a feeling we are really working together.

I'm only level 15 and raids will apparently be available later, it just feels like a solo space shooter at the moment with some nice cutscenes.

It's ok but does seem lacking in creating a great multiplayer game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for VampireLord123
VampireLord123

255

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

@Peazo: The campaign is pretty much a single player game. The multiplayer aspect comes at the end game with raids and other events you can play and they are quite hard. So you need a squad to play with at the end, that for solo players like me is very hard to find.

Warframe i think it has a better matchmaking system and the community is a lot better, so it is easier to find help with other people.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for attirex
attirex

1979

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By attirex

Most ppl would be rather tortured and murdered than play D2 for free.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for santinegrete
santinegrete

4892

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 45

User Lists: 0

santinegrete  Online

@attirex: are you a fan of Metal Gear Solid games?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for attirex
attirex

1979

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@santinegrete:

I bought MSGV (first MGS game I've played) and have tried it for a few hours, but got sidetracked by other games. So wouldn't say I'm a fan at this point....

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kiggor
Kiggor

237

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@attirex: wtf why? haha

Upvote • 
Avatar image for dont_redirectme
dont_redirectme

73

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Nope. Still not interested.

It's hard to a want a game when its prequel isn't even available on your platform.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

3823

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Glad I didnt buy it, but having a hard time enjoying this game.

The shooting isnt better than something like Doom 2016, and enemies feel very bullet spongy.

It's just not very much fun to play IMO. But for free? I'll spend a little time with it. Maybe a dozen hours or so will change my mind.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for tidus_ff
tidus_ff

313

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Enjoyed Destiny for what it was, it had problems but the gameplay was great, some of the best shooting and movement I've ever experienced in a FPS.

I never bought Destiny 2 because of the problems I had with the first, but fair play for giving it away free. I downloaded it last night and only played a shortwhile but it's still the same tight shooting with some tweaks and seems to be a lot more accessible than the first. Whether I'll get the expansion... probably not, unless there's a massive sale because its stupidly expensive.

5 • 
Avatar image for mike468
mike468

698

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: -2

User Lists: 0

Great news, now all Bungie needs to do is enable cross save, so console players who want to jump to PC can transfer their characters and progress.

Would gladly make the jump form Xbox, if i could transfer my progress and gear.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for bigfootpart2
bigfootpart2

1131

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By bigfootpart2

80GB install. Game looks painfully mediocre. Even free is too much for this game. Maybe I'd play this if I was getting paid to do so. Lol at anyone who paid money for this garbage.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for J_P-
J_P-

624

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 42

User Lists: 0

Edited By J_P-

Well I enjoyed the game until I beat it and saw how painfully short it is without its DLC expansions, I still wouldn't call it mediocre but I sure wouldn't pay for it.

2 • 
Avatar image for Speranza318
Speranza318

166

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 24

User Lists: 0

This game is still around? Amazing, the same thing happened during Destiny 1's failure. I would say I feel bad for everyone who bought Destiny 2 full price on PC and ended up with a dying game a year later, but they didn't learn from Destiny 1's lack of success.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Barighm
Barighm

14724

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 27

User Lists: 0

@Speranza318: Game is a massive success, dude. The game earned back the entirety of Activision's 500 million investment within a few days, and apparently D2 was the highest revenue earning console game in September. It's an okay game dragged down by anti-consumer practices and deserves to be forgotten, but saying it's a dying game is just foolish.

3 • 
Avatar image for attirex
attirex

1979

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

hate.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

15921

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Let's not sugar coat it - they're taking their MMO free to play. That's the last desperate step of a failing game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for santinegrete
santinegrete

4892

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 45

User Lists: 0

santinegrete  Online

@Thanatos2k: well at least it smells like a typical failure.

2 • 
Avatar image for JustinGoSka
JustinGoSka

1261

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@Thanatos2k: Starcraft 2 was very successful, but that's free on battle.net also. I think Blizzard counts on the game being good enough that people will buy the expansions.

3 • 
Avatar image for Barighm
Barighm

14724

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 27

User Lists: 0

Edited By Barighm

@Thanatos2k: It was the highest earning game in September. Not failing at all.

2 • 
Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

15921

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@Barighm: But strangely low on the top selling games in September. Could it be the predatory microtransactions?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for blazingsonic
blazingsonic

159

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Welp not buying a damn thing but free is free. and I don't need to pay to play it online, Isn't that right Sony?

8 • 
Avatar image for Saladudo
Saladudo

1043

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

Edited By Saladudo

"You can download this piece of garbage because it has never reached our expectations. And please, please! buy some DLC before we break some dev's neck" -PSA from Activision Board, 2018.

6 • 
Avatar image for iamrafy
iAmRafy

99

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

@Saladudo: Destiny made more money since Forsaken came out than Fortnite tho...Forsaken was a huge success, do you even comment on game you play?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Saladudo
Saladudo

1043

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@iamrafy: Who does?

Upvote •