E3 2019: Destiny 2's Future Revealed In Bungie Stream -- Free-To-Play, Cross-Save, Shadowkeep DLC

Here's what's to come for Destiny 2 in the next year-plus.

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Now Playing: Destiny 2 Shadowkeep DLC, Cross-Save, And Stadia Version Announced - GS News Update

Destiny 2's new Season of Opulence (which is the final piece of new content under the game's current annual pass subscription) is here. So, what does that mean for the future of Bungie's first-person loot shooter? Well, it turns out that the developer isn't quite ready to move on to Destiny 3 just yet; director Luke Smith explained that the studio is focused on continuing to build out Destiny 2.

This vision for the game is entirely what Bungie has in mind: With the studio having assumed control of the franchise from former publisher Activision, it's now able to do what it wants. Bungie gave us our first look into what that future looks like during a livestreamed event on June 6. Alongside the new Shadowkeep expansion (first showcased during the Google Stadia Connect event), we learned about some major developments, including a free-to-play version of the game, cross-save support, and more. Here's a rundown on all of the big news about Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 Cross-Saves Are Coming

Perhaps the most exciting news from the event didn't concern new content. Bungie will be introducing Destiny 2 cross-save support across all platforms. This leaked ahead of time, but it seemed as if PS4 would not be included. Instead, players on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia (once it's available) will be able to move back and forth between platforms without having to start a new character.

Shadowkeep

Again confirming a leak, the new DLC expansion for Destiny 2 is Shadowkeep. This story centers around a return to the moon, and Destiny 1's Eris Morn is making a comeback. It'll feature a wide slate of new content, including a raid. Notably, it will be a standalone expansion--you won't have to own Destiny 2 or any of its existing DLC to play. Additionally, a new annual pass is coming, and that content will also be sold a la carte, which is the general model that will be used going forward. Shadowkeep will cost $35.

Destiny 2 Coming To Google Stadia

While Destiny 2 is already available on PC, it's also now coming to the cloud streaming service Google Stadia. Combined with cross-save support, it means you'll be able to take your existing Destiny 2 character and play on a phone or tablet, along with everything else that supports Stadia. The Stadia Pro subscription includes free access to the complete version of Destiny 2, including Shadowkeep and the new annual pass.

Destiny 2: New Light Is A Free Version Of The Base Game

New Light is a "new entry point" for Destiny 2 that can be downloaded and played for free. It will include all Year 1 content so that anyone can jump in and begin playing without the typical restrictions of a trial version.

You'll be able to visit all destinations, including those from Forsaken. If you want to purchase Forsaken, it will be available in a bundle with the existing Annual Pass for $40.

Destiny 2 Leaves Battle.net For Steam

Destiny 2 players on PC are being moved over to Steam. The move should be seamless--your progress will transfer, and anything you own in terms of the game and DLC will transfer for free. Shadowkeep and future content for the game will launch through Steam.

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Original Story: On Twitter, Bungie teased a livestream set to take place at 10 AM PT on Thursday, June 6, to discuss "the next chapter of Destiny 2." Datamined leaks suggest that next chapter is Shadowkeep, a new expansion that will return Destiny 2 players to the moon, a location we haven't visited since Destiny 1.

It's been clear to Destiny 2 players keeping up with the annual pass--the second since the release of Destiny 2--that Bungie is building its story in a particular direction. The endgame content that came with the Forsaken expansion, concerning the besieged Dreaming City, has slowly unfolded over the last two seasons, hinting that secret enemies are executing plans of which we've only seen the edges and margins. That conflict might come to a head in the Season of Opulence, but that seems unlikely since the next content drop returns players to the Leviathan, the scene of Destiny 2's first raid, and concerns a different group of characters.

The Dreaming City situation doesn't seem primed to wrap up anytime soon, and that suggests there's more content coming for Destiny 2 before the release of the seemingly inevitable Destiny 3. A third year of Destiny 2 content is in line with what a lot of players have been expecting, and it would make sense for Bungie to hold back a new Destiny title to correspond with the start of a new console generation.

The timing of the announcement also seems remarkable. Breaking with the usual pattern, Bungie is releasing Destiny 2's new raid, Crown of Sorrows, with the start of the Season of Opulence, rather than waiting a few days for players to gear up for it. Bungie's announcement about Destiny 2's future takes place two days later, which would give the game's top raid teams all the time they'll need to finish Crown of Sorrows--and discover whatever story implications it presents. Since the raid deals with the Hive, who famously came from the moon in the first game, it would make sense as a precursor for Shadowkeep.

It's also worth remembering that the Season of Opulence marks the last of the announced Destiny 2 content from before Bungie's split with publisher Activision. Whatever comes next, it'll be the first Destiny content Bungie creates purely on its own. With the way Destiny's story has been going of late, suggesting the approach of more evil aliens and the possibility that some heroes could fall to darkness, there's a lot the developer could explore.

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untouchables111

watching all the updates kinda gives hope this game will recover but im not sure im going to wait around. Shadow keep look interesting but Datto nailed in in the interview...

Why so much recycling of content.. the moon is not new.. tossing old bosses back in seems real lazy... all the people grabbing screen shots of old exotic and blowing their load like... take my money....again...

i just cant get behind this again... my fav part was when they asked why havent we seen actual closure to any of the story lines...i agree.. they keep a half eaten carrot out there just lame

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Aryanith

@untouchables111: I completely agree even though I never played d1. Almost 3 years of 60% rehashed content is not what you want from a game like this..or any game(unless it's mhw. then you want everything from prev games). That said, I'm still holding out, paying the occasional fee for the occasional gratification like a junkie.

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Vilified_Signals

I'm really curious how the cross play (EDIT:SAVE) stuff is going to work. Will I be able to combine my characters? Stash stuff in my vault and go from there; will all of my PS4 gear be available with my Xbox One gear?

Or will I have to choose one or the other? If that is the case, do I have to choose an account wide save? Or can I choose which characters I keep?

I hope it's the former.

EDIT: Yes, I did mean cross save not cross play. The brain just auto corrects it from save to play.

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Imavnas

@vilified_signals: You mean Cross Save right? Because if you do then yes, it is the former, to an extent. You'll get to choose which three characters you want to bring forward, so basically, you grab everything you want to bring along from the characters you don't bring over and put it in your vault/the characters you choose, and voila.

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Vilified_Signals

@Imavnas: Yeah, I did mean cross save. The brain auto corrects save to play.
But what you said isn't true. There is currently no information on how cross saves will work. Personally, I'm hoping I'll be able to combine my collections and vault into one collection and vault. And replace my PS4 titan with my xbox titan.
But I want my PS4 warlock and hunter to be my primary ones for those classes.

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untouchables111

@vilified_signals: there was no announcement for cross play..

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Vilified_Signals

@untouchables111: the brain tends to auto correct from cross save to cross play.
You know that you can take the step to logically assume that is what I meant, right?

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untouchables111

@vilified_signals: except that its was abundantly clear it was cross save. so no i dont

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Vilified_Signals

@untouchables111: egotistical and antagonistic. I don't believe you're here for actual conversation. And are probably just trolling.

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untouchables111

So long as they keep adding water to the games actual challenges... ill never play this game again.....

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Vilified_Signals

@untouchables111: Then, seriously... Stop talking about it. Stop looking at the news. Stop caring.

But you keep commenting. You keep looking into the news. You're obviously still playing occasionally. Because if you really didn't care, you stop having anything at all to do with it.

Case in point: I didn't start playing till curse of osiris. I didn't look in to the news at all. Then I stopped until season of the drifter/Forsaken. But during the times I didn't play, I stopped looking at the news for Destiny. I stopped looking at what Xur was selling. I didn't spend time commenting on things that I didn't play because I required validation and virtual pats on the back.

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untouchables111

@vilified_signals: i dont play...at all.. i gave 3.5 years of my time to the franchise.. having hope they rebound the game from its trash state is not a crime...

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Vilified_Signals

@untouchables111: Sure. It's not a crime.
But that isn't what you're doing commenting on this. You are actively looking for validation for your ideas and beliefs.
And the ones who play the game are not here for your validation.

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BDRTFM

Hate to be that guy but, does anyone play Destiny anymore? I mean when a publisher and developer tear up a 10 year contract, something is not right. Activision would not let a money making game go that easily. According to their original timeline, they were supposed to release Destiny 4 next year. They're still working on releasing Destiny 2 content. First they leave Microsoft and give up the Halo IP. Then they join Activision, a far worse company and agree to a 10 year contract to make a new IP for them. They kick out Martin O'Donnell because: reasons and try to steal his shares of the company. Then they get some Chinese company to invest in them and likely spent a fortune on obtaining the publishing rights to the Destiny IP when it's supposed to be reaching end of life cycle. And now they want to make multiple franchises when they still haven't gotten Destiny quite right. Who is making their decisions, a monkey?

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gamingdevil800

@bdrtfm: Well look at Sekiro an Activision published game plus Destiny had a $500 million budget so I'd say a lot of fault lyes with Bungie too.

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cboye18

@bdrtfm: Avarice has blinded Bungie to the point that they lost any sense of direction. Serves them right I'd say.

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Imavnas

@cboye18: I see lots of hyperbole here. Bungie may have made some mistakes, but this is the absolute first time in the developer's history (at least since they've had a large studio, lets not count marathon here) that they aren't working under the heels of a publisher, and out of the gate their promising fixes the community has been asking for since day 1 in 2014. Basic logic dictates give them a chance.

And YES, absolutely YES do people still play Destiny. It was Number one on Twitch the day of the new Raid Release on Tuesday. No dead game can achieve that. At it's lowest point during season 6, which was the worst received season of the season pass, it still had half a million active daily players. Right now its sitting at a little over a million. It might not be as impressive on Twitch because of the removal of Trials, but believe me, its active.

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gamingdevil800

I'm sure that Morgan fella will enjoy it anyway.

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DoubleM-K

@gamingdevil800: "Mogan"! But yes i am very sure that you are correct :) Though he has been quiet for a while now..

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Barighm

Hard to say where things go from here. On the one hand, Activision is no longer associated with Destiny and Bungie is free to do whatever they want. On the other hand, a lot of Bungie's questionable decisions and failures have been the result of their own rotten attitude, so I don't see how being free of Activision will really change anything.

If it were me, I would have gone the route of making Destiny like any Halo game with 3 player co-op and all that except there would be loot to find and levels to gain, multiple routes to find complete with their own secrets and optional bosses, and each difficulty mode would require higher levels and better loot. Mythic levels would be like raiding and require flawless teamwork.

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gamingdevil800

@Barighm: Honestly it could do with more rpg elements but i think it's too late for this franchise.

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Imavnas

@gamingdevil800: A million + active daily players means its most definitely not too late for the franchise. A version of transmog and cross save have been massive day 1 asks from the community for this franchise and their delivering on them, along with more.

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Barighm

@gamingdevil800: That's the thing. After the split, Bungie said there are a number of things they wanted to do with the franchise they couldn't do before, but now they can. So there's hope for a rebirth. At the same time, Bungie is the best at hyping, so who cares what they say. Thus the whole "on the one hand..." statement.

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Imavnas

@Barighm: You should definitely care what they have to say now, as now it's not just them hyping whatever they were able to produce under a publisher's requirements. Now it's exactly what they feel the game should become. They may very well fail in the end, but, at least in this vidoc, it was filled with quite a bit of good news for the community from them.