Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Release date, trailers, gameplay & everything we know

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Release date, trailers, gameplay & everything we know
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


22nd Aug 2023 18:42


Destiny 2 The Final Shape is the final chapter in what Bungie refers to as the 'Light and Darkness Saga'. Destiny 2 may continue beyond it, but the current story will conclude with the next expansion. The Final Shape is getting a proper reveal in a few days, and we have all the details on the game's next expansion so far.

Here is everything we currently know about Destiny 2 The Final Shape ahead of the Destiny 2 showcase this week.

SPOILER WARNING: This guide contains story spoilers for Season of the Deep, Lightfall, and Destiny 2 The Final Shape trailers, so be sure to proceed at your own risk if you're not quite caught up.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date

Ikora as she appears in the first trailer for The Final Shape
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The release date for Destiny 2 The Final Shape is February 27, 2024. As expected, the release date was revealed during the Destiny 2 showcase on August 22, where the first proper glimpse of the expansion was shown to the world.

The release date follows the tradition in recent years of Destiny 2 expansions releasing late in February. This date will also kick off the new Destiny 2 Episodes, which will replace the seasonal model beyond The Final Shape.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Destiny Showcase

The promotional image at the end of the teaser trailer, showing the details for the Destiny showcase
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The Final Shape was announced several years ago to be the final expansion in the current story, but little was said about it until the PlayStation Showcase 2023 on May 25. During this, we got a glimpse of what's to come in the teaser trailer.

Fans eager to know more were also given a date to put in their calendars. A Destiny showcase took place on August 22, where more about The Final Shape was revealed.

Check out the teaser trailer below. and be sure to snag a free emblem.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Trailers

Cayde reappears in the first trailer for the Final Shape
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The first trailer for The Final Shape was revealed during the PlayStation Showcase 2023. The trailer shows Ikora recounting the events of the last few years to a reborn Cayde-6.

As Cayde points out they have no idea where they are, they are revealed to be in a lush world of greenery and rivers. Looming overhead is the triangle-shaped portal that the Witness opened in the Traveller, seemingly implying that they have travelled to wherever that portal leads.

Then during the Destiny 2 Showcase 2023, we got the official reveal trailer for The Final Shape. This trailer revealed much about what is to come, such as the events that set up this final confrontation, and the campaign.

During the showcase, we learned that players will enter the Traveller and journey through the Traveller's Pale Heart, which is the location for The Final Shape. The location will begin as a linear campaign space, where players must journey to the Witness' stronghold and confront it.

Along the way, the player and their allies will be joined by Cayde-6, who has been brought back as a Virgil-like guide through this journey. The Pale Heart takes on the form of places that are important to those inside, meaning the location will be made up of locations from Destiny's history.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Platforms

A screenshot from The Final Shape trailer
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Despite Bungie now being owned by Sony, the franchise won't become exclusive to PS4 or PS5. That's perhaps not a big surprise given the large install base on Xbox and PC, too.

Players can expect The Final Shape to arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: Price

Guardians entering the new location in The Final Shape
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The Final Shape can be purchased for $50/£40, with a bundle of The Final Shape and the new annual pass (which includes the new Episodes) for $90/£80.

If you're looking to catch up on Destiny 2, Bungie offers a Legacy Collection pack that bundles together 2019's Shadowkeep, 2020's Beyond Light, and 2022's Witch Queen.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape: What we know so far

A Ghost in The Final Shape trailer for Destiny 2
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We've collated bits and pieces of information about The Final Shape since Lightfall dropped, and even before then.

There are new supers coming in The Final Shape, one for each of the Light subclasses. Warlocks get a new Solar super that is reminiscent to the classic radiance super, which powers up the Warlock's melee and grenades, while also buffing nearby allies.

Titans get a new Void super that involves throwing three Void axes into the ground, which explode and do huge damage. Guardians can then pick those axes up and use them as melee weapons. Finally, Hunters are getting a new Arc super that involves throwing a dagger and blinking to it.

The Final Shape will bring new weapon archetypes, such as rocket sidearms and support auto rifles, which will be able to heal allies as well as dealing damage.

They've also teased big changes to the game's progression system.

"In The Final Shape, we’re making big changes to the progression system that will help to connect even more players and remove barriers keeping friends from taking on the same content together," the August State of the Game reads.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Progression System tease
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This new progression includes systems that make it easier for players to link up over shared interests, and also the new Fireteam Power Level system. This brings the power level of players in a fireteam up to just below that of the highest player, in order to make sure everyone can play together.

The seasonal system that Destiny 2 has employed for the last few years is changing with The Final Shape, being replaced by the new Episodes. The Episodes will continue the story beyond The Final Shape, with three Episodes over the following year.

The devs have also revealed updates are coming for the Gambit in the year of The Final Shape, but haven't revealed what those are just yet.

Keith David, known for his roles in video games like Mass Effect, Halo 2, and the original Modern Warfare 2, will debut as the new voice of Commander Zavala in Destiny 2: The Final Shape following the passing of Lance Reddick in March 2023.

That is everything we currently know about Destiny 2 The Final Shape. For more useful info, check out our list of Destiny 2 promo codes to get yourself some free emblems and shaders.

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