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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date: all the latest details on Bungie’s new expansion

From the release date and new raid to cross save and New Light, here’s what you need to know about September’s content drop

When is the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date? We’d like to know as there’s plenty to get excited about in Bungie’s upcoming expansion, from a new raid and cross-save support to the F2P Destiny 2 New Light and – of course – more loot to grind for. A lot of this information comes from Bungie’s June reveal, and confirms some recently leaked details about the size and setting of Shadowkeep.

The main reason we’re excited, however, is because of Bungie’s history with Destiny’s content releases. September is a wonderful month for the Destiny series as that’s when Bungie releases its best stuff, from Destiny 1’s Taken King expansion to Destiny 2’s Forsaken addition. These bigger releases tend to win fans over and lure more back as they contain a fresh story to follow, significant changes to the game’s meta, and sweet, sweet loot to chase. So, if history has anything to do with it, September’s return to the moon shouldn’t disappoint.

Anyway, enough chitter-chatter, throughout this guide we’ll go over everything we’ve collected from the reveal so far, from the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date to Destiny 2’s New Light launch.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date

If you’re looking to book some time off work for the upcoming expansion, then tell your boss not expect you in mid-September. The Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date is September 17, 2019.

The Destiny 2 Shadowkeep release date leaked before Bungie’s reveal, and it proves to be correct. On top of that, you’ll also be able to play Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, and the looter shooter’s myriad of expansions on Steam, too, as it’ll launch on that storefront alongside Google Arcadia. In fact, if haven’t got Steam you’ll need to download it as Destiny 2 is leaving Battle.net altogether.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep trailer

Those familiar with Destiny 1 will have plenty to get reacquainted with from the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep trailer. As per the reveal, we’re going back to the moon – though plenty has changed. If you’d like to see, check out the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep trailer above.

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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep story

As we learn from the trailer, Destiny 2 Shadowkeep sees the return of the enigmatic Eris Morn, who was introduced in Destiny 1’s moon-based expansion the Dark Below. She even makes a sly reference to that addition in the trailer. We see you, Bungie.

Anyway, all is not as we left it on the moon, and red structures have appeared on the moon’s surface. As Morn tells us, that ties into a new threat that needs sortin’ out. Bungie has confirmed that this extension will see the return of the Hive, alongside the addition of a new threat.

Details are thin on that front, but Bungie has said that the theme of nightmares is the inspiration here. So, expect dark and grim vistas and abominations to fight.

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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep gameplay

Bungie is overhauling the game’s armour and is introducing what it’s calling ‘Armour 2.0’ in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. That means more ways to tune the perks of your armour and enhance the way you want to play. For example, you’ll be able to pick and choose between your mods so you can craft armour that reduces your grenade’s cooldown and allow you to throw them further.

Also coming back from the original Destiny is the ‘artifacts’ system, which briefly existed to boost power and stats. This time, however, they’ll be much more profound, and you’ll be able to level them up with a choice of perks at each tier. Bungie even goes as far as to say that these perks will be close to Exotic-tier at higher levels.

Bungie also places a great emphasis on the PvP side of things in this update and into year three of Destiny 2. The Halo dev admits that the Crucible has become underserved in year two and that it will focus on improving the PvP experience going forward. Bungie remains coy when questioned on whether or not the three-on-three elimination mode Trials of Osiris will come back. It has, however, implied that it will do so after it manages to “repair the foundations” of PvP.

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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid

Details are currently scarce, but we do know that Destiny 2 Shadowkeep will feature a new raid. We don’t know what it will entail, but The Dark Below, which was Destiny’s last moon-based expansion, features a fight against a Hive prince called Crota. Eris Morn, who is returning for Shadowkeep, is also key to Shadowkeep. To that end, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Crota or Morn’s storyline continue in some shape or form.

As to when it’ll launch, however, it’s likely to be on the Friday following September 17, as that’s Bungie’s preferred route – that means the Shadowkeep raid release date is September 20, 2019. The Crown of Sorrow did launch six hours after the Season of Opulence went live. It should be said, though, that players didn’t have any story to go through so could get straight to the grind. As Shadowkeep has more in common with Forsaken in this regard, we’d wager that the raid will launch a little later.

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Destiny 2 New Light

Also launching alongside Destiny 2 Shadowkeep is Destiny 2 New Light, which is Bungie’s free-to-play repackaging of Destiny and it’s year one content. The main design goal here is to allow new players an accessible route into playing with their friends. To that end, when you boot up New Light, you’ll play an opening mission in the Cosmodrome before coming to the tower at 750 light, which is the current level cap in Season of Opulence.

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Destiny 2 Cross-Save

Destiny’s Shadowkeep expansion will also introduce Destiny 2 cross-save, which allows you to carry your progress and character between games platforms. Currently, it’ll be available on PC, Xbox, PS4, and Google Stadia. Whether it would come to PS4 was in doubt for a while, but a deal was pulled off at the last minute to allow it to happen, reportedly. Cross-save support will launch aside Destiny 2 Shadowkeep on September 17.

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So there you have it, everything we know about Destiny 2 Shadowkeep’s release date, new raid, Destiny 2 New Light, and cross-save support. Destiny 2 Season of Opulence is still going strong and has heaps of content for players to get stuck into. The future, however, seems exciting as more players will gain access to Destiny 2’s intricate universe. Regardless, if there was something you were looking to learn about Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, we hope you found what you were looking for.