Destiny 2 and all expansions including Beyond Light are coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Destiny 2 and all of its expansions are coming to Xbox Game Pass.

Bungie announced its Game Pass enrollment at today's Xbox Games Showcase. Everything from Destiny 2's first year has technically been free since the launch of its New Light entry point, so really, the big news is that its Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions will come to Game Pass this September. Not only that, when the now-delayed Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion launches this November, it will also be on Game Pass on day one. Additionally, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subs will be able to play Destiny 2 on mobile devices through Project xCloud game streaming. 

Note that Game Pass is getting the standard editions of these expansions, meaning seasonal content – anything included in season passes – will still be sold separately. In an FAQ released after the show, Bungie confirmed that seasonal content from previous years will not come with its corresponding expansion. In other words, Year 2 seasonal content like the Black Armory and the Menagerie won't be included with Forsaken on Game Pass. This seasonal content isn't available to purchase on its own, so you'd need to buy the Forsaken bundle to access it. 

Likewise, the season pass for the ongoing Season of Arrivals won't be included with Shadowkeep. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will still need to buy it separately for $10. The same goes for the three season passes which will follow Beyond Light in 2021.

This FAQ also confirmed that, in the event Destiny 2 or any of its expansions leave Game Pass, "players will need to purchase the expansions to continue playing expansion content."

Even with these limitations, this shift will make Destiny 2 much more accessible and affordable for a lot of players. Xbox Game Pass is more than worthwhile in its own right, and soon everyone who has a subscription will be able to experience almost everything in Destiny 2 – certainly the best parts – at no additional cost.

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Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature.