The third year of Destiny 2 heralds with the new expansion Shadowkeep, in this country fortress of shadows. At the same time, with the release of the expansion, the eighth season - the season of the immortal - starts in Destiny 2. And it gets even better: Destiny should win many new players, because the main game will be converted to a free-2-play version. “New Light” will be available for free from October 1st on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Then Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will also appear and bring many innovations. 

With the switch to Free-to-Play, it doesn't take much to get started with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep - or to start again: The only requirement for the new expansion is the main game, which will be completely free for PC and Xbox from October 1st One and Playstation 4. Previous expansions or DLCs are not necessary to play “Fortress of Shadows”. After separating from Activition, Bungie also publishes Destiny 2 on its own - then via Steam.

Reboot could make Destiny 2 the best free-2-play game out there

If you haven't played Destiny 2 before, you start at the very beginning and will probably start the game at the perfect time. The switch to Free-2-Play not only makes content from the base game available in the free version, but also the first two DLCs “Curse of Osiris” and “War Spirit”.
Bungie makes all content from the first year playable for free, but gives F2P players some additional content, including the Armor 2.0 armor system, the new finishing moves, the Festival of the Lost event and world patrols including the new moon . Particularly nice: 17 strikes are available in the free “New Light” version.
If you already own the main game of Destiny 2 as a disc version and have pre-ordered Shadowkeep, you should ideally reinstall the game once - in the digital version including the expansion. At the moment there seem to be occasional problems when players try to use the disc version as a basis for the expansion. Bungie has not officially confirmed this.
Even Free-2-Play players can try out the new "Shadowkeep" expansion for free and play the introductory mission. Image: Bungie

In the new expansion “Shadowkeep” even Free-2-Play players of Destiny 2 can get a taste of it for free and play the introductory mission. Image: Bungie

Everything is not included in the free main game for Destiny 2, the two big expansions are missing. Owners of Destiny 2: Forsaken get the annual pass for free - that should have been the case since September 17th.
With the start of “New Light”, the paid content primarily includes:
  • Premium rewards of the seasons
  • Story campaign from both major expansions
  • Raids from Forsaken, Shadowkeep and the annual pass
  • New content like the Vex Invasion
  • New quests for exotic weapons
  • High level nightmare hunts and raid challenges

If you play the free version of Destiny 2, you can also earn seasonal rewards. With the release of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Season 8 starts, as is well known, where F2P players can get some rewards. To get in the mood for the brand new content, the free version also includes the introductory mission to the new Shadowkeep expansion.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is getting big

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will be a real chunk of content, not as extensive as Forsaken, but larger than the first two DLCs. According to Luke Smith, the size of the new expansion should be roughly on par with “The Iron Lords” from the first part.

Shadowkeep drives the story of Eris Morn forward: The crowd connoisseur experiences nightmares and thus calls forces on the plan that haunt the moon. This is already noticeable in the external appearance of the celestial body - green ravines tear open the surface everywhere and the red fortress that gives it its name appears. The darkness is here - and more present and dangerous than ever before.

The sheer horror: the surface of the moon is covered with green cracks - and then there is the red fortress. Image: Bungie

The sheer horror: the surface of the moon is covered with green cracks - and then there is the red fortress. Image: Bungie

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep also brings a lot of new challenges, including the one new raid “Garden of Redemption”, in which six players visit the scene with the black garden that is already known from the first Destiny. The alternative reality of the Vex should be a lot nicer and will probably become a central starting point for the expansion for many players. Another new one is Dungeon for a trio of players.

The nightmare hunts, which are intended to entertain in the endgame of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, are also aimed at a troop of three players. There are three different levels of difficulty, each with their own modifications, and it's all about rewards. As part of this mode, there is a matchmaking system on the two lower levels. If you want to play “Legend”, you have to prepare a team. There will also be a subdivision for the Nightfall Strikes: Adept (LL 750), Hero (LL 920), Legend (LL 950) and Master with a recommended light level of 980.

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A must for fans are new items, and many of them will come with the new expansion for Destiny 2: More, particularly rare, exotic weapons can be earned - the “yellow items” are mainly used as motivational factors for veterans. The bow "Leviathan's Breath" is one of the two well-known exotic weapons from Destiny 2: Shadowkeep; the other is the “Eriannas' Vow” sniper pistol. At the same time, the weapon mods were also adapted, which are no longer usable.
Not only offensively, players can strengthen themselves with Shadowkeep. Bungie also has some innovations in the defensive area. With the completely redesigned Armor 2.0 armor system - which Free-2-Play players can also use - more combination options and individual configurations should find their way into the game. With this, Bungie will further increase the role-play factor of Destiny 2. 
The launch trailer for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep whets the appetite for publication.

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Also exciting are the season-dependent artifacts, new armor that appeared in the first part of Destiny, but have now been conceptually revised: With each season, players get a new artifact with new special abilities to level up.

Good prospects for October and November

Those who want to get very close to the enemy will be happy to practice the nine finishing moves that are introduced into the game with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Enemies with little life energy can be hit particularly spectacularly on the virtual pines with the help of the attacks: For successful moves there are then bonuses, depending on the chosen orientation - such as energy for super attacks, life energy or ammunition.

However, Bungie has made slight changes to PvP. Some maps have been removed from matchmaking and the modes have been adapted. A new ranking system with fame ranks could be particularly interesting because the skill rating has a high influence on the awarding of points.

Starting October 5th, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will be allowed to raid. Image: Bungie

Starting October 5th, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will be allowed to raid. Image: Bungie

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will be released on 1. October for PC-Steam, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The raid opens according to the roadmap to Destiny 2 on 5. October, from 8. October heroic and legendary nightmare hunts are then on the agenda. The hunts in Grand Master mode are even more difficult 15. October, then Eisenbanner also starts. The exotic quest chain for the heavy bow begins a week later, on 22. October, shortly before the end of the month, the three-player dungeon raid opens and the PvP mode “Momentum Control” begins - as does an exotic series of quests.

Contents are even known for November: Am 5. November starts the raid challenge on 19. November then the Vex “Last Attack” offensive. 

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep costs 34,99 euros in the standard version and 59,99 euros in the deluxe version. There will also be a Collector's Edition: at a proud price of 159,99 euros. Without a game, the collector's item costs 94,99 euros. Those who still had hope will be disappointed: The collector's edition is already sold out at Bungie - perhaps because physical goodies always attract fans particularly well.

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