It's never been easier to start playing Destiny 2 ahead of The Final Shape as Bungie makes expansions free

It's never been easier to start playing Destiny 2 ahead of The Final Shape as Bungie makes expansions free
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Written by 

Lloyd Coombes


8th May 2024 11:10

While Destiny 2 is many things to many people, it's a bit of a nightmare for newcomers. Which expansions do I buy? What does each one include? What about the season passes?

Even though it may get a little simpler with The Final Shape shifting to post-launch Episodes rather than four seasonal drops, Bungie just made it a whole lot easier to catch up on the Light and Darkness saga that's coming to an end with next month's release.

Bungie makes Destiny 2 expansions free for a limited time

Hot on the heels of making Lightfall free for PlayStation Plus members in May, players can now play through Shadowkeep, Beyond Light, and The Witch Queen at no extra cost. This comes along with the last four seasons - Season of Defiance, Season of the Deep, Season of the Witch, and Season of the Wish (which is still ongoing).

It's a great opportunity to catch up, aided by Into The Light's Gift of the Thunder Gods, which will get your character to Power Level 1810. Here's what you can expect:

Shadowkeep arrived in 2019 and took Guardians to the Moon to tackle the Hive again. The campaign finally started to introduce The Witness, the big bag we'll be going toe-to-toe with in The Final Shape. There are also some fun exotic weapons like the Deathbringer and Xenophage.

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That was followed by Beyond Light in 2020, which took players to Europa, a new frozen location, and gave them their first Darkness subclass - Stasis. You can use it to freeze opponents and shatter them, and the campaign reveals more about the Darkness as you progress.

The Witch Queen is still the best campaign in Destiny, and while there's no new subclass, there are plenty of narrative developments and great new loot to chase. There's also the first appearance of light-wielding Hive to take down.

We've got a full rundown of Destiny 2's mountain of DLC, but this is as good a chance as you're going to get to catch up - especially with seasonal activities like Deep Dives and The Coil included.

If you're a lapsed player, you may be surprised at how much has changed, depending on when you left. Either way, it's worth giving Destiny 2 another chance—and be sure to snag Lightfall to unlock the Strand subclass, too.

We'll see you in the new PvP maps when you're ready.

Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes
Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.
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