Destiny 2 Lightfall expansion: Everything we know so far

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Bungie's upcoming Destiny 2 Lightfall expansion isn't just going to be one of the must-play FPS games of the year, but one of the key new games for 2023. The shared-world shooter's sixth anniversary is fast-approaching and Lightfall looks set to breathe new life into one of the best FPS games in recent history. 

This new Destiny 2 content will include a new campaign story to play alone or with friends (complete with a Legendary difficulty setting, should you want a real challenge), as well as a new destination to explore, Raid to battle through, and Exotic weapons to collect. There's also a brand new Destiny 2 Lightfall subclass to consider, which could drastically impact the composition of your Fireteams. On top of that, the biggest loadout update in the history of Destiny, dubbed "Buildcrafting Evolved," will kick off the new expansion with a bang. 

So whether you're wondering when Destiny 2 Lightfall is releasing or just want to get ahead of the biggest changes, keep reading to find everything we know about the new Destiny 2 expansion so far. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall Release date

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The Destiny 2 Lightfall release date is February 28, 2023. The launch of Lightfall for Destiny 2 also coincides with start of Season 20, although Bungie is yet to provide details on what this new season of content will look like. It's also worth remembering that a lot of existing seasonal content will be heading to the vault – so use the next few weeks of playtime wisely. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer

The Destiny 2 Lightfall showcase in August 2022 gave us our first glimpse into what the new expansion. It's the most recent Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer, which aired during The Game Awards, which has given us the clearest look at the game yet – including more info on the new story campaign, Neptune destination, and Strand subclass.

Watch the new Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer above.

Destiny 2 Lightfall preorder

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There are numerous Destiny 2 Lightfall editions available ahead of release. The standard edition contains the new Lightfall campaign, along with a new Raid, Destination, Exotic Gear, and more. There's also a Destiny 2 Lightfall Collector's Edition available, which includes a a suite of exclusive items – check out the Destiny 2 pre-order page for more info on that (opens in new tab) while stock lasts. 

Additionally, if you get a Destiny 2 Lightfall preorder in for any edition before February 28 you'll get instant access to some exclusive bonuses (which can be acquired from Master Rahool in the Tower). These include an Exotic Neptune Ghost Shell and a Legendary Emblem. If you purchase Lightfall and the Annual Pass together, you'll also have access to an Exotic Lightfall Weapon and an Exotic Emote. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall Annual Pass

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One of the current Destiny 2 Lightfall pre-orders sees the new expansion and an Annual Pass bundled together. The Lightfall Annual Pass will give you all Year 6 Season Passes (4 Seasons Total; 20, 21, 22, and 23), as well as access to two new dungeons during the Year 6 run.

The Annual Pass also includes a bunch of extras (opens in new tab), including a new Lightfall weapon – the Quicksilver Storm Exotic Auto Rifle, Catalyst, and Ornament – as well as an Exotic Sparrow, Dungeon Key, and four opportunities to access Rahool's Secret Stash. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall gameplay changes

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There's a lot of new additions coming as part of this expansion – including a new campaign, location, and subclass – but Bungie is also introducing some key changes to the Destiny 2 Lightfall gameplay. These are largely designed to improve quality of life, and make the onboarding a little better for new players. 

These updates include the introduction of a Guardian Ranks system, which is designed to help new players figure out how to play Destiny 2 and guide them through the vast amount of content available. The Guardian Ranks will also reward helpful Guardians will commendations, should you be willing to show a newbie around some of the more challenging activities, dungeons, or raids. 

Lightfall will also include new ways to manage equipment, with an In-Game Loadout and Mod Manager. While we're yet to try these new systems for ourselves, Bungie likens them the armor customization screen. The developer says it wants to make it easier to manage your loadout and mods, and make it easier to experiment. You'll also be able to save specific character builds for the first time in the Destiny series, and switch between them easily before loading into different activity types. 

A LFG Fireteam Finder is being developed too, which will help players search out Fireteams completing specific activities. This feature won't launch alongside Lightfall, but will instead arrive at a later date in 2023.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Subclass revealed

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There is a new Destiny 2 Lightfall subclass coming as part of this expansion. Strand will be available for each of the three main Destiny 2 Classes, and it's set to be a standout feature of the upcoming release. 

Bungie has confirmed the names for the Strand subclass are as follows:

  • Warlock: Broodweaver
  • Hunter: Threadrunner
  • Titan: Berserker

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Strand is unique in that it's a power that will not be gifted and is discovered as you play through the new Destiny 2 Lightfall campaign – making it the first time in the Destiny universe that it has ever been used. While it' derived from Darkness, Strand appears to draw from something called the 'Weave' – an intangible psychic dimension that connects all minds, but the power of Strand allows Guardians to pull at the psychic threads and make it into a useful tool for movement and destruction. 

There aren't any specifics on any abilities just yet, but we do know that all Strand Subclasses will have access to the grappling hook-like ability that will allow you swing around the battlefield (or even hitch a ride from your teammates). Each Subclass can weave Stand in unique ways: Warlocks can create sentient creatures and barrages of Strand missiles, Titans can use huge claws for deadly spinning strikes, and Hunters get a flashy rope dart for acrobatic attacks. Strand will also follow the Subclass 3.0 format with Aspects and Fragments for customizable builds.

Destiny 2 Lightfall campaign details

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Destiny 2 Lightfall will introduce a new campaign that builds on the success of The Witch Queen's refined format. As well as being crucial to learning about Strand, the Destiny 2 Lightfall story looks to be pivotal, as new characters and major players clash in the beginning of the end with the Witness' invasion in full force. Trailers have revealed plenty of out-of-context story moments, leaving us with more Destiny 2 Lightfall theories than we know what to do with.

The Destiny 2 Lightfall campaign will also have the option of Legendary difficulty, as with The Witch Queen campaign. If you're up for the challenge, the Legendary campaign will provide a higher tier of rewards, allowing you to get Raid-ready faster.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Neptune

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Destiny 2 Lightfall is introducing a brand new space for us to explore: Neomuna, the capital city of Neptune. This is a advanced, neon-lit city built by an alternate version of humanity that has been around since the Collapse, although no one knew about it until now. This secrecy has allowed this variant of humanity to seemingly thrive, but the fight to prevent another Collapse has arrived on their turf with Lightfall. Guardians will ally with the city;s super-soldier defenders, known as Cloud Striders, to protect the city under siege from new foes.

Destiny 2 Lightfall enemies

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A new package of Destiny 2 Lightfall enemies are being introduced as part of the expansion. Between the campaign and suite of new activities, you'll be facing off against Calus' brutal Shadow Legion – a new army of Cabal enhanced by the Witness' power and Pyramid technology. These enemies sport a new look and carry suppression devices that can take away some of your Super and abilities.

Fighting alongside the Shadow Legion are new Tormentor enemies. These boss-like Pyramid enemies are colossal, and are set to cause you real problems on Neomuna – with an array of ranged and close-up attacks, one of which uses a massive scythe, expect the Tormentors to be a serious challenge. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall Raid and Dungeons

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There is a new Destiny 2 Lightfall Raid. This endgame activity is yet to be properly detailed by Bungie, although we're expecting to see it release a week after the expansion – that's when Vow the Disciple launched for The Witch Queen, at any rate. 

As for what we should expect to find in the Lightfall Raid, a blurb on the Bungie website says that "a haunting presence has been detected within [REDACTED]" – nice and vague. Regarding loot, we do know that the Raid's Adept weapons can roll with enhanced perks.

Looking beyond Lightfall, Destiny 2 will also be getting two more Dungeons, with one dropping in Season 21 and the next in Season 23. Obviously we don't know anything about these yet, but you will need the Destiny 2 Lightfall Annual Pass to access to them. That leaves a mystery endgame activity for Season 22, which will likely be a reprised Raid of some kind, although who knows if it'll be a classic Raid from Destiny 1 or a Destiny 2 Raid that's currently in the content vault.

Destiny 2 Lightfall is one of the most anticipated upcoming PS5 games, upcoming Xbox Series X games, and upcoming PC games of the year. For even more on the expansion, check out our exclusive Destiny 2 Lightfall interview with game director Joe Blackburn and assistant GM Dan McAuliffe.

Will Sawyer
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