Bungie have revealed the next season for Destiny 2 and it all kicks off on November 10th when the next expansion, Beyond Light, launches. However, the is Season’s story mission and new Wrathborn Hunts activity will commence the week after on November 17th.
They have also revealed the roadmap for the rest of the year which you can see below.
“Starting with Season of the Hunt, most of the Seasonal content and all of the sweet gear will be sticking around for all of year 4,” say Bungie. “We hope this alleviates some of the FOMO that has been present with past Seasons. Now you can jump back in and experience past Seasons’ story, activities, and loot anytime during year 4.”
Bungie have been hinting that the Darkness (not the pop rock band with Justin Hawkins on lead vocals) is going to disrupt everything we have thought about the game, which has always suggested that Light is the only way to go. Is the Traveller as benevolent as we have always thought?
There are also rumours of a live event to begin the expansion, and that Guardians may be returning to the original Tower from Destiny 2.
Bungie have previously explained some of the new technical improvements that will be coming in the forthcoming expansion, Beyond Light. When that launches on November 10th a fair chunk of content will be vaulted including Strikes, Raids, and entire planets including Mars and Mercury, and to facility the huge change you are going to have to redownload the entire game again.
“We know this will be painful for those with slower or metered internet connections, and we’re sorry about that. To help mitigate this, we’re planning to enable Beyond Light preloads sometime in the evening of November 9, Pacific Time, which should give everyone at least 10 hours to download before the gates open,” say Bungie.
The good news is the new version of the game should be 30-40% smaller, clocking in at around 59GB to 71GB depending on the platform you play on. The rebuild of the game also means that Bungie should be bale to patch bugs quicker and also gives them more development time per season.
The game will also be changing to a “Physics Host” rather than a “Mission Host” which means new raids, strikes and other missions can be more complex than they are now. “The Physics Host knows exactly where enemy combatants are and what actions they recently performed – while the Mission Host only knew how many combatants were alive in a squad and what that squad was generally trying to accomplish,” say Bungie. This also means you will be able to meet your Fireteam in the Tower much faster, but they do warn there may be one or two bugs in the old missions that are left in the game after Beyond Light launches.