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Bungie has shared its exciting plans for the next few years of Destiny 2. In a massive stream last night, the developer revealed the Beyond Light expansion for September 2020, as well as two massive expansions for 2021 and 2020: The Witch Queen and Lightfall respectively.
"We don't want to put another number of the box," Bungie's Luke Smith explained during the stream. Don't expect Destiny 3 any time soon then, I guess. Destiny 2 is here for the long-haul.
"Destiny 2 is too large to efficiently update and maintain," Bungie later elaborated in an FAQ. "The size and complexity of the game are also contributing to more bugs and less innovation. Instead of building a Destiny 3 and leaving D2 behind, each year, we are going to cycle older, less actively played content out of the live game and into what we're calling the Destiny Content Vault (DCV)."
"This will allow us to add to and support D2 for years, including the three new annual expansions we announced today, starting with Beyond Light this fall."
Bungie has described the arrival of Beyond Light as a "new era" for Destiny 2. One which also marks the game's transition to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The developer confirmed that the online shooter will be playable at 60fps and 4k resolution on the next-gen consoles, and that this will be available as part of a free upgrade.
Cross-gen crossplay will also be enabled this year, while cross-platform crossplay is expected in 2021 if all goes to plan. Quite a lot to get excited about, then. But that's very much the tip of the iceberg.
As mentioned, the Destiny Content Vault (DCV) will be a way for Bungie to take certain content out of rotation. This means that a number of destinations will be taken out of Destiny 2 this year, including Mars, Titan, and Mercury. However, Beyond Light will introduce new and classic destinations, including the all-new Europa, and the returning Cosmodrome.
And just because content is vaulted doesn't mean it's gone forever. No sir. In fact, fans of the original Destiny will be glad to learn that there are plans to bring the much loved Vault Of Glass raid back next year.
"With Destiny 1, we solved the 'ever expanding, exponential complexity' problem by making a sequel in Destiny 2," Bungie said. "We left behind all of Destiny 1's content and many of the features players grew to love."
"We believe now that it was a mistake to create a situation that fractured the community, reset player progress, and set the player experience back in ways that took us a full year to recover from and repair. It's a mistake we don't want to repeat by making a Destiny 3."
"We don't believe a sequel is the right direction for the game and for the past two years we have been investing all of our development effort into new content, gameplay, and new engine features that directly support a single evolving world in Destiny 2."
So there we are. If you're still enjoying Destiny 2, I very much hope you'll look forward to the next few years of content. And if you've fallen out love with the game? Maybe Beyond Light is the perfect time for you to reignite your affair with the game.
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