Destiny 2 ‘going free-to-play’
Stadia, cross-platform saves expected to be announced Thursday
Bungie will announce on Thursday that online shooter Destiny 2 is moving to a free-to-play model.
That’s according to a report – since deleted, but republished on Reddit – from Engadget, which reveals that Destiny 2’s next expansion, Shadowkeep will release on September 17, the same day the base game will become available as a free-to-play download.
The free-to-play Destiny 2 will be subtitled ‘New Light’ and feature all year one content, including “foundational modes, activities and rewards”.
Bungie will officially unveil Destiny 2: Shadowkeep in a livestream at 10am PT (6pm BST) on Thursday. According to leaked artwork, Shadowkeep returns to the original game’s Moon environment.
Destiny 2 is also expected to be announced for Google Stadia in a livestream at 9AM PT / 5PM BST on Thursday.
It’s claimed that players will be able to transfer both characters and progress across Google Stadia, PC and Xbox, ditching the cumbersome process of creating new characters on separate platforms.
Bungie announced in January that it was ending its eight-year partnership with Activision and acquiring the publishing rights for Destiny, giving it control over the future of the MMO shooter series.
It’s thought the franchise had around six million players prior to Bungie acquiring the rights.