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Destiny 2 from bungie is here.
Yes, you’ll still be shooting aliens throughout the solar system. But a lot has changed for the sequel to one of the most popular yet polarizing games in recent memory, and we’re here to help answer all your burning questions about how Destiny 2 works.
We’ll continue to update this FAQ with additional details as we learn them. In the meantime, you can read our review of Destiny 2 for detailed impressions.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I PLAY DESTINY 2?
Destiny 2 launches Sept. 6, 2017, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Windows PC version won’t be released until Oct. 24, and it will be available exclusively through the Blizzard app, aka Battle.net.
OK, BUT WHEN EXACTLY CAN I PLAY IT?
Bungie and publisher Activision are doing a rolling midnight launch around the globe by country (and in some cases, region). Generally, you’ll be able to start playing once the clock strikes midnight on launch day somewhere in your country. For instance, Destiny 2 will go live for everybody in the U.S. at 12 a.m. EDT on Sept. 6 (9 p.m. PDT on Sept. 5).
We don’t yet have details on the rollout of the PC version.
WHERE SHOULD I PLAY IT, THOUGH?
That’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself. But you should know that once again, Activision has partnered with Sony for a bunch of PlayStation-exclusive content. The items for Destiny 2 will remain exclusive to the PS4 version of the game until “at least fall 2018.”
The other versions of the game will miss out on a number of items for a year (or longer):
- a strike, Lake of Shadows, which means there will be six strikes on PS4 and five on PC and Xbox One
- a set of legendary armor for each class: Terra Concord (Titan), Tesseract Trace IV (Warlock), Icarus Drifter (Hunter)
- a ship, City Apex
- an exotic sniper rifle, Borealis
- a Crucible map, Retribution
THE PC VERSION WILL BE THE BEST-LOOKING AND BEST-PERFORMING OPTION
That may be enough to sway the decision of anybody who owns both consoles, although you should also consider where the majority of your friends play Destiny. The exclusive contract doesn’t affect launch timing — Destiny 2’s expansions will be released simultaneously across all three platforms.
Bungie isn’t launching on PC for more than seven weeks after the console debut. But the PC version will support all kinds of advanced visual features like 4K resolution, frame rates up to 144 Hz and 21:9 “ultrawide” monitors. And the PC beta showed off a well-optimized game, with solid performance even on older hardware. It seems like a sure bet that the PC version of Destiny 2 will be the best-looking and best-performing option — if you’re willing to wait.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT DESTINY 2’S EXPANSIONS.
So far, Activision and Bungie have announced two planned expansions for Destiny 2. The studio has only confirmed the name of the first one, Curse of Osiris, following multiple leaks. It is reportedly scheduled for release in December 2017. Curse of Osiris will add a fifth playable destination, Mercury, and a new social area, the Lighthouse.
An Expansion Pass that will grant access to both expansions costs $34.99. The pricing suggests that once again, the add-ons will cost $19.99 individually.
WHAT IF I PRE-ORDER? WHAT BONUSES DO I GET?
Destiny 2 costs $59.99 on its own, and $89.99 bundled with the Expansion Pass (a $5 savings). There are three editions of the game that are more expensive, and all of them also come with the Expansion Pass.
Destiny 2’s Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) includes three digital items: a legendary sword, a legendary emote and a Cabal Empire-themed emblem. A physical Limited Edition is available for the same price, exclusively at GameStop. That package contains the Digital Deluxe Edition’s items and comes in a Steelbook case inside a Cabal-themed box along with four physical items. There’s also a $249.99 Collector’s Edition that comes with two exclusive physical goodies.
All Destiny 2 pre-order customers, regardless of platform, will receive an exotic weapon: a trace rifle named Coldheart. (It is exclusive to pre-orders until Dec. 5, 2017.) Pre-orders at Battle.net, the PlayStation Store or the Xbox Games Store also come with the Salute emote and Kill-Tracker Ghost. PlayStation Store pre-order customers will receive a dynamic theme for the PS4 dashboard as well. And individual retailers may throw in either the emote or the Ghost.
Of course, you can only pre-order Destiny 2 on consoles until midnight on Sept. 6.