UPDATE: Dataminers find files that suggest Destiny 2 may be getting a monthly subscription service

Destiny 2 Lightfall artwork header

UPDATE: This was a hilarious ‘joke’ – more info here. 

Destiny 2 already has a the equivalent of a battlepass, each season brings a new 100 level pass which bestows the player with currency but recently dataminers have uncovered files that seem to suggest an additional subscription service may be on the way.

A chap called Elliott over on the D2 Datamines Discord server found and shared some file names hidden in the code of the game. They are:

  • \season_20\data\subscription_upsell_month1_ad_banner_000_004.v2.tif
  • \season_20\data\subscription_upsell_month3_ad_banner_000_005.v2.tif
  • \season_20\data\subscription_upsell_month6_ad_banner_000_006.v2.tif
  • \season_20\data\subscription_upsell_month12_ad_banner_000_007.v2.tif

So you can see they seem to be advertisements for a subscription service for up to twelve months worth of content. The file description has more details and show that a subscription would include “Lightfall, two new dungeons and raids, 1 month of premium content in Destiny 2 Year 6, a new Exotic Sparrow, Quicksilver Storm catalyst and ornament, and Rahool’s Secret Stash: four Exotic accessories and premium materials pack delivered throughout Year 6″.

This seems to be an alternate way of purchasing Lightfall and the four seasons. Rather than paying £80 upfront, you will be able to pay monthly instead.  Bungie did not mention this new subscription service when they revealed Lightfall so the files may be old and the idea has been cancelled.

Lightfall is the next year-long expansion for Destiny 2, kicking off a pretty wild new story arc. Calus is back with the new Shadow Legion, and new enemies like Tormentors and foes that can drain your super energy.

That’s far from everything, though, because the new centrepiece is the city of Neomuna on Neptune. This isn’t just any old city, but rather home to another completely separate race of humans who’ve been chilling out there while everything else in the solar system goes completely to pot – thanks for the help, eh? Its inhabitants are called Cloud Striders, while their city has a vibrant, neon-filled Cyberpunk aesthetic.

Their introduction will also come with a new variation of Darkness called Strand – a connection to the psychic universe that is like a “third eye” opening, according to Bungie. This gives Guardians whips and a grappling hook that they can use to augment their movement – seems that Bungie are still Halo fans, eh? While using Strand, each class gets a new super ability, the Hunter getting a Rope Dart, Titans some massive spinning claws and Warlocks Strand missiles.

Destiny 2: Lightfall will launch on 28th February 2023 across PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: Discord

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