Destiny 2 is officially going free-to-play on September 17

Polycount

TS Evangelist
Staff member

Though Destiny 2 didn't have the best launch in the world, like many "live services" of its ilk, the title got much better as it received more DLCs, updates, and bug fixes. However, some players have argued in the past that they shouldn't be paying full price for a game that is "unfinished" on launch -- particularly when it also features microtransactions, as Destiny 2 does.

Fortunately for those players, it seems Bungie is finally taking that feedback into account following its split from Activision earlier this year. The studio has decided to take Destiny 2 free-to-play, renaming it "Destiny: New Light" in the process. As part of this transition, the up-front cost of the game will obviously be removed, and all of its year-one expansions will be part of the core, free experience. Future expansions, including the upcoming Shadowkeep, will be charged for "a la carte."

Furthermore, the game will be coming to Steam, which wasn't hard to see coming. After Bungie parted ways with Activision and took the Destiny franchise with it, there was no longer any reason (legal or otherwise) for Destiny 2 to be a Battle.net exclusive. Later this year, it will arrive on Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform as well.

As part of Bungie's free-to-play announcement, the company also informed players that it will bring "Cross Save" tech to Destiny 2 this fall, which will let you access all of your characters from one "primary account," across multiple platforms.

Obviously, these are huge changes, and anyone who has recently purchased a full copy of Destiny 2 might be a bit frustrated by this news. However, Bungie is giving its customers plenty of time to get used to the idea, as Destiny: New Light won't officially roll out until September 17.

Permalink to story.

 

tomkaten

TS Maniac
I haven't played a FPS since the Quake years, but I'm really hooked on this one. Amazing production quality and a great experience overall.

I've actually bought two copies on Bnet, one with the annual pass for myself and a standard Forsaken one for my son. I'm curious to see how they will transition the existing accounts to Steam. Or will it remain playable on Bnet as well ? Anyone knows ?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Morris Minor

Hexic

TS Evangelist
This game died years ago... I don’t see this announcement doing much to help it. D2 wasn’t much more than an expansion to D1. Not impressive, just... expected updates.