Destiny 2 to Add Fortnite-Like Season Pass with Shadowkeep Expansion

Destiny 2 to Add Fortnite-Like Season Pass with Shadowkeep Expansion

Seasons in Destiny 2 will look a little more familiar, with the implementation of a two-track season pass offering rewards to players.

With an expansion in Shadowkeep and a free-to-play model in New Light on their way to Destiny 2, it’s fairly obvious to say that some big changes are coming. If that somehow wasn’t evident enough, look no further than game director Luke Smith’s massive blog post detailing these changes on Bungie’s website. Extremely long story short, Destiny 2 will have a new approach to seasons moving forward in Year 3, with the new Season Pass looking a bit familiar.

To add some transparency and predictability to in-game rewards, the Season Pass for Destiny 2 will resemble battle passes from games like Fortnite and Apex Legends. That is, the pass will include tiers and Ranks with set rewards, with two tracks—one for all players participating in the season for free, and one with the paid Season Pass. After Shadowkeep’s Season of the Undying, future seasons will be $10 to purchase, separately from the Annual Pass previously featured in the game.

There’s also the Seasonal Artifact, which will be available to all players of the game. These Artifacts can be leveled up and will allow players to unlock mods for their Guardian. As Smith says, Bungie is “both excited, and a little terrified, to see how high players will manage to raise their Artifact Power during the Season.” At the end of a Season, the Artifact Power and mods will reset, with players earning a new Artifact and doing it all over again the following Season.

Just to summarize, here’s everything that Season of the Undying, which comes with Shadowkeep or can be bought separately, includes:

  • Season Pass owners get access to a new seasonal activity, the Vex Offensive, which includes:
    • Four Legendary Weapon drops
    • Additional weekly and daily bounties
    • Additional weekly challenges with powerful rewards
  • A new weapon quest for an Exotic Bow, Leviathan’s Breath
    • Exclusive to Season Pass owners
  • A new Exotic Hand Cannon, Eriana’s Vow
    • Awarded on Rank 35 of the free track
    • Awarded on Rank 1 of the premium track
  • Three seasonal Legendary armor sets (one for each class)
    • Collect a complete set during the first 25 ranks of the free track
      • NOTE: This is a change from the Annual Pass, where you were required to purchase gear from the Season.
    • On the premium track you get all three sets on Rank 1
    • These also drop within the Vex Offensive seasonal activity
      • If you want versions with higher stat tiers, you’ll need to play Vex Offensive to earn them
  • Some additional premium track rewards:
    • Three universal ornament armor sets (one for each class)
    • An Exotic weapon ornament for Eriana’s Vow
    • Two Legendary weapon ornaments
    • A new finisher
    • An Exotic emote
    • An Exotic ship

And that isn’t to say that players, regardless of whether or not they pick up Shadowkeep, will be left with nothing new, as all Destiny 2 players can also access the following:

  • Patrolling the Moon destination
  • The opening mission of Shadowkeep
  • Two new strikes
  • Crucible Updates
  • Two returning PvP maps from the D1 era—Widow’s Court and Twilight Gap
  • Elimination in Crucible Labs
  • Armor 2.0 build customization
  • Eye of the Gate Lord Seasonal Artifact
  • New finishers
  • Two new pinnacle weapons: one for Gambit and one for Crucible
  • Free Seasonal Rank rewards, which include:
    • New Exotic weapon—Eriana’s Vow
    • Three Legendary armor sets (1 per class)
    • Two Legendary weapons
    • Best of Year 2 Bright Engrams
    • Glimmer and upgrade modules

A recent trailer for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep was included in a recent Stadia Connect stream, and cross-save came to the game a couple of weeks ago. Both Shadowkeep and the free-to-play New Light will launch on October 1.