The Destiny 2 subscription datamine was “a joke”

Destiny 2 Lightfall artwork header

Over the holiday period we, and many other sites, reported that a group of reputable dataminers had found files that suggest Destiny 2 may be getting a monthly subscription service.

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 were:

  • \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

They seem to be advertisements for a subscription service for up to twelve months worth of content. Elliot also revealed that 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″.

It turns out that this was all a ‘joke’.

“Was just gonna let this keep on going, but since it grew really large and people are actually worried outside of the server we just wanted to formally apologize and admit that we trolled everyone”, writes Elliot. “This will probably make a lot of people angry, but it was all meant to be done non maliciously. If there are any future joke posts I’ll label them from now on. ”

When reporting the data mine we did suggest this was old data as Bungie did not mention this new subscription service when they revealed Lightfall.  As the dataminers had a proven track record there was no suspicion that they would be trolling everyone.  A rather silly joke as now no one will believe anything they post.

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.

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

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