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Destiny 2: The Shadowkeep guide - Release date, activities, raid and more

Everything you need to know about the Shadowkeep.

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Our Destiny 2 Shadowkeep guide contains everything we know so far about The Shadowkeep DLC, including a release date, activities, raid and more.

Destiny 2’s big Fall expansion sees the return of Eris Morn and a fan favourite planet, the Moon.

As the name suggests, the Shadowkeep isn’t a lighthearted jaunt through a colourful, docile planet. Instead, it’s a terrifying battle against an impending age of darkness, where players will “journey deep into a mysterious enemy citadel” and slay “nightmares” - splendid.

In a similar vein to Forsaken, the Shadowkeep will be another huge content drop for Destiny 2 and offer comprehensive reworks to some of the game’s key systems.

There’s a lot to take in, so we’ve put together a guide on everything that’s arriving with Shadowkeep and will continue to update this page as more information is revealed in the future.


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Destiny 2: The Shadowkeep - Release Date

Bungie has confirmed that the Shadowkeep will launch on all platforms on 17th September 2019.

It’s worth noting that Bungie is also making Destiny 2 and The Shadowkeep expansion available on Steam for the first time.

Pre-orders are available now via the official website, and there are three different editions to choose from:

  • Standard Edition: Shadow Keep expansion and Season Pass for Season of the Undying
  • Deluxe Edition: Everything included in the Standard Edition, alongside four Season Passes, Exclusive Eric Morn themed Exotic Emote, Ghost Shell and Emblem.

Collector's Edition

As you'd expect, the Collector's Edition contains a host of special goodies for Guardians who'll spend a little more Glimmer on the expansion.

Here's everything you'll get:

  • Everything included in both Standard and Deluxe editions.
  • Digital Shadowkeep Soundtrack
  • A 7.8 inch Hive cryptoglyph replica
  • 40-page Luna Mission handbook
  • 160-page journal with additional story content.
  • An exclusive emblem.

When the new expansion launches, the Season of the Undying will also kick off. This means each week will bring new content to the game, likely bolstering all the new activities introduced with the Shadowkeep. You will gain access to this Season when you purchase any version of the DLC.

Those who purchase the Deluxe and Collector’s editions will own four Season Passes. This will grant you access to the Season of the Undying and the following three future Season’s worth of content too.

Destiny 2: The Shadowkeep - What's been confirmed?

First and foremost, the Shadowkeep expansion is standalone. This means you don’t need any previous Destiny 2 expansions to purchase or play it.

Destiny 2 will be going free to play with the launch of Shadowkeep. Check out our New Light guide for information on how this will all work.

Cross Save is also launching alongside The Shadowkeep. Players on all platforms (Xbox One, PC, PS4 and Stadia) will then be able to save their progress across multiple devices with only one account.

Bungie is embracing the fact Destiny 2 is an MMO shooter, and it’s started doubling down on RPG elements, evolving worlds and character customisation.

Expect new missions, a new dungeon, quests, exotic weapons and armour to feature.

Eris Morn returns, and we’ll be going back to the Moon which is now twice the size as it was in Destiny 1.

The new raid is taking place in the Black Garden, a land inhabited by the Vex and undoubtedly a place harbouring the Darkness.

PVP will see some major tweaks, including playlist adjustments and returning game types. Bungie has described this as “rebuilding the foundation”, so expect to see a lot more in the near future.

Armour 2.0 is going live and will allow players to take the mods you earn and apply them to any piece of gear you own. Expect more mod slots and more ways of creating powerful, tailored builds.

Finishing Moves will allow players to execute enemies in cool ways. There will be different animations for each class and multiple finishers - nice.

Exclusives aren’t going to be a thing anymore. Previously Bungie had released content which arrived first on PS4 (the Lake of Shadows Strike, for example) and it took an age before it finally launched on other platforms. Fans will be pleased to hear every slice of future content will now arrive on every platform at the same time.

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