Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Showcase – Recap

The Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Showcase has just wrapped up, jam-packed with information about Destiny 2‘s future, including the freshly launched Season of the Lost, the titular ‘The Witch Queen‘ expansion and beyond. In this article, we will be recapping the entire showcase from start to finish. Strap in!

The Witch Queen Reveal Trailer and Release Date

The presentation started off strong with a cinematic trailer of The Witch Queen, giving us our first look at Savathûn and her ‘Hive Guardians’. The trailer finishes with the long awaited release date, February 22nd 2022. You can view the trailer right here:

The Witch Queen Gameplay Trailer – New Enemies, Destination and Weapon Archetype

The presentation continued, giving us details about the expansion’s setting and the enemies we will be facing. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen‘s new Destination will be Savathûn’s Throne World. For veteran Destiny players, you’ll know exactly what awaits you. Throne Worlds are mini-universes belonging to powerful members of the Hive within The Ascendant Plane. The Ascendant Plane being an extradimensional plane linked to The Darkness.

Since we’ll be fighting in Savathûn’s own world, the presenters ensured a shake-up of gameplay compared to the Destinations we’ve explored before. The gameplay trailer also revealed that Savathûn has somehow gotten her hands on The Light, resulting in Hive versions of Guardians and Ghosts the player will have to face.

We also got a glimpse of a brand new weapon archetype, glaives. A first person melee weapon that also features projectile attacks and an energy shield. Glaives cannot be found by the usual methods, but rather crafted.

Year 5 will include two dungeons, a raid and a “legendary” difficulty for the campaign. The campaign was compared to games like Doom and Halo in terms of its gameplay and story this time around.

Finally, Year 5 of Destiny 2 promises to update existing Light subclasses, adding features such as Aspects and Fragments, similar to Stasis. The Witch Queen will launch with an update to all Void subclasses, with more updates later in the year.

Weapon Crafting

For the first time ever, weapon crafting is coming to Destiny 2. Players will be able to forge new weapons, customise their perks, stats and more. Other than the glaive, only four other weapons were shown in the presentation, however seasonal and raid weapons are confirmed to be craftable, too.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Editions, Price & Pre-Order Bonuses

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will launch in four different editions: Standard, Deluxe, Deluxe 30th Anniversary and a physical Collector’s edition. Pre-orders of any edition will include the Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell, ‘The Enigma’ Exotic Emote and a legendary emblem.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen retails at $40 USD.

Deluxe Edition

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition includes access to Seasons 16, 17, 18 and 19, covering the entirety of Year 5. It also includes 2 dungeons to be released during Year 5, the ‘Throne World’ Exotic Sparrow and an Exotic SMG, Catalyst and Ornament.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition retails at $80 USD.

Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition

The Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition of Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will include everything the Deluxe Edition includes and the entire contents of the 30th Anniversary Pack, which is covered further in this article.

The 30th Anniverary Pack includes:

  • Access to a new “pirate themed” dungeon
  • Gjallarhorn Exotic, Catalyst and Ornament
  • New weapons “inspired by past Bungie worlds”
  • Thorn Armor Set
  • Bungie Streetwear Ornament set
  • Marathon Themes Ornament Set
  • Unique Helmet Ornament
  • Exotic Sparrows
  • Exotic Ship
  • Emblem, shaders, emotes & more

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition retails at $100 USD.

Physical Collector’s Edition

The Collector’s Edition includes everything the Deluxe 30th Anniversary edition does, along with a treasure trove of interesting physical goodies – including a hidden psychic investigation kit, Hive Ghost replica, a keycard, lore booklet and other mysterious Artifacts from Savathûn’s Throne World.

The main draw of the Collector’s Edition is beautiful Hive Ghost replica with lights, sounds and a stand. The presenter even hinted that secrets await within the statue, similar to previous Collector’s Editions that have hinted to the future of their respective expansions.

Bungie 30th Anniversary Event & Return of Gjallarhorn

2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Bungie and Destiny 2 will feature plenty of ways to celebrate. The brand new Dares of Eternity activity will be free for all players, however the rest of the 30th Anniversary content will only be available to holders of the 30th Anniversary Pack.

New Matchmaking Activity – Dares of Eternity

The celebration will kick-off with a brand new free 6-player activity. The activity will feature collectible rewards inspired by Bungie’s history, including a sword inspired by Myth, a series of RTS games created by Bungie. Nothing else is known about the activity, however.

Brand-New Dungeon & Thorn Armor Set

A new “pirated-themed” dungeon inspired by the loot caves of the Cosmodrome from the original Destiny is set to release during the event. Players will be able to earn the brand new Thorn Armor Set, inspired by the Exotic weapon of the same name.

30th Anniversary Loot – Weapons, Armor and Cosmetics

New weapons, armor, ornaments, emotes, Sparrows and Ghost Shells will be available in the celebration. The collection represents Bungie’s 30 year history and will include fan-favorite weapons from Destiny. These ornaments include a Streetwear and Marathon themed armor sets, among other unannounced goodies.

The Return of Gjallarhorn

The (in)famous Gjallarhorn finally returns in Destiny 2! Gjallarhorn is an Exotic rocket launcher from Year 1 of the original Destiny that gained fame after its power alone was enough to get you included (or denied) from groups. Gjallarhorn will also have an Ornament and Catalyst included.

New Expansion – Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Bungie dropped a bombshell later in the presentation, announcing a new expansion by the name of Destiny 2: The Final Shape, The expansion is said to bring an end to the storyline of Light vs Darkness the franchise has been telling since the very beginning and will release after the previously announced Destiny 2: Lightfall expansion. Destiny 2: The Final Shape will likely launch in 2024, due to expansions typically lasting a year each.

Season of the Lost

Destiny 2: Season of the Lost launched shortly after the presentation concluded, with the presentation itself giving us a glimpse of what we’re about to experience. The season will be a prologue to The Witch Queen, with a focus on the returning Mara Sov and Hive.

The season includes a new 6-player activity, Astral Alignment, in which the player must save Mara Sov’s tech witches from the Hive. It also includes over 25 new and reworked weapons, 3 new Exotic armor pieces, an Exotic fusion rifle and a quest for a new Exotic weapon – Aeger’s Scepter. Season of the Lost is available now to purchase for Silver in the in-game store.

That wraps it up for our recap of the Destiny 2: The Witch Queen presentation. We hope you’re as excited as us! Be sure to stick around on Generation Xbox for more news on Destiny 2 and Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 25th.

Thomas is a game journalist based in East Yorkshire, England. Best known for his social media antics and attachment to a certain monkey in a backwards hat. His favourite franchises on Xbox are Halo and Destiny. Who could’ve guessed?

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