Destiny 2 Showcase 2022 Recap

Aug 23, 2022 - Destiny Dev Team

Whoa! There is just a lot going on right now. With so many trailers, announcements, and big news beats going out today, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss any of the awesomeness. Consider this your one-stop shop for everything we revealed today.  

One Ticket to Neptune 

That was just a small sneak peek into Destiny 2’s next expansion, Lightfall. Prevent the apocalypse by racing Emperor Calus to Neptune and explore a totally new destination, the secret metropolis of Neomuna. This city was untouched by the Collapse, so its pristine buildings and neon-filled streets are very different from what players have experienced before. There are new places to explore and new characters to meet, like the Cloud Striders, the superhuman heroes that serve as Neptunians’ last line of defense. 

Stopping the end times won’t be an easy task. That’s why Guardians will have a new power in their hands to fight back. Strand is the second Darkness-based subclass, and it’s all about consciousness, fluidity, control over your surroundings, and manipulation of your enemies. Tap into a new (and green) spectrum of reality, pull strength from a never-before-seen power, and shape new abilities to defeat Calus and his Shadow Legion. 

Lightfall’s stand-alone campaign will be filled with over-the-top action and expand the limits of what to expect from Destiny 2, a crucial step towards the conclusion of the Light and Darkness saga. Those looking for a challenge can turn up the difficulty with Legendary Mode. Their bravado will be noted: those who walk the hard path will find powerful gear and extra rewards.

But remember, beating the campaign is only the beginning. New activities, a new raid, new Exotics, and much, much more content await. Speaking of new Exotics: the Quicksilver Storm, a totally unique new Exotic Auto Rifle, is available as an instant unlock right now as a preorder bonus for the Lightfall + Annual Pass edition. Just visit the Cryptarch in the Tower to pick it up.  

Learn more about Lightfall

Finding and Building Your Destiny 

The Showcase gave everyone a look at a long list of features coming to Destiny 2 in the next year. Many have been long requested by the community and we are excited to finally get them in the players' hands. Here is a quick recap of what is coming down the pipe. 

Guardian Ranks 

The path to becoming a legend is not easy, and sometimes, a little bit of guidance is required. So let us introduce you to the Guardian Ranks, a reputation system that will not only help new players find their way into the game, but also reward veterans for helping others and for being an all-around exceptional player.  

Mods and Loadout Manager 

Creating custom builds requires time and patience, and there has been no easy way to do that in-game... until now. The new mods and loadout manager coming with Lightfall will allow you to create and save a build in a single place. Switching between all your builds will also be easy: just select the build in your Character screen, and you are done. 


It’s nice to feel appreciated. Coming in Lightfall, there will be a chance at the end of activities to tell others that they were a great teammate or a worthy adversary. As you rack up commendations for being a strong player or great leader, other players will take notice and instantly know that you have a lot of experience and would be a worthy addition to their fireteam.

LFG Fireteam Finder 

We want everyone to dip into matchmade activities even when their close group is not around, so that’s why we are launching a Fireteam Finder tool in 2023. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for mentors to teach you a raid or just want to farm some Grandmaster Nightfalls; you will find someone here to help and, maybe, new friends to play with in the future. We’ll share more details about how our LFG system works soon.  

No More Expansion Sunsetting 

It was always tough having to say goodbye to previous campaigns when they moved into the Destiny Content Vault. Even if you didn’t play them often yourselves, it made it more difficult to get your friends caught up on what happened with the major yearly beats in Destiny 2.  

Seasonal content will continue to stay throughout the current expansion year and then move to the Destiny Content Vault when a new Expansion launches. 

Season of Plunder and Arrrrc 3.0 are Live! 

Avast ye! All Guardians on board, Season of Plunder is live now! The cruel pirate Eramis has broken out of her icy imprisonment and is looking for new ways to grow in power, so buckle your swash across the high space seas. She is in search of mysterious relics, so you better get those before her with the help of your crewmates Mithrax, Spider, Drifter, and Eido. 

Season of Plunder features a new weekly mission, a new six-player activity, a new three-player matchmade activity, new gear to loot, and new weapons to craft. The Delicate Tomb Exotic Fusion Rifle can be instantly unlocked with the Season Pass.  

Arc 3.0 is also live and free for all. After Void and Solar, this is the final Light subclass to get a rework. Release the storm with electrifying grenades, beat up your enemies with new thunderous melee attacks, feel the speed with new buffs and abilities, and build your own fighting style around the Aspects and Fragments.  

Last but not least, every player can claim the Gift of the Thunder Gods at the start of the Season. This is a totally free catch-up chest with all the necessary gear to reach level 1540 with each of your characters. This includes the Exotic Machine Gun Thunderlord and an Arc-themed Exotic armor piece for each of your classes. It doesn’t matter if you have been away for some time, you’ll be prepared for the new content in an instant. You can find the chest by visiting the H.E.L.M.  

Learn more about Season of Plunder 

Hail to the King 

The Taken King rises once again. Fight Oryx in the King’s Fall raid, available for free starting on August 26. Reprised raids honor the original challenges and add a twist to their mechanics and puzzles. Don’t get too confident because you played it years ago: there’s new twists here and there... and even new secrets. 

Those looking for glory eternal can race for the title of World First during the first 24 hours after the raid launches. The rules are similar to the Vault of Glass World First Race: beat the raid once in Contest Mode and then do it again while facing certain challenges. Even if you don’t finish first, you still will earn some bragging rights with the unique day one raid emblem. 

Also check out our World First Race tune-in page for details on how to watch the best raiders from around the world compete for glory and the championship belts.  

Now on the Epic Games Store 

Starting today, Destiny 2 is expanding into the Epic Games Store. As part of this new partnership, players will have the chance to claim the Destiny 2: 30th Anniversary Pack for free as a limited- time offer. And that’s not all: we will be celebrating with unprecedented collaborations with two fan favorite games: Fall Guys and Fortnite. Linking your EGS account to your account will unlock these two emblems in your collections tab under Flair. You will be able redeem these through Bungie Rewards after September 1.  

Each class will have a new armor ornament set inspired by the Fortnite universe available for Silver in the Eververse store. 

Those playing Fortnite can acquire three different Destiny character skins and achieve their Victory Royale with Commander Zavala, Ikora Rey, or The Stranger. No matter who you decide to put on, they each have their own pickaxe, glider, Back Bling designs. A new Ghost emote will also be available for purchase.  

Now that you are dressed the part for Destiny action, we wanted to make a place for those skins to feel right at home. Epic collaborated with Team PWR and our artists to recreate the Javelin-4 map in Fortnite. If you are up to the challenge, you can jump into a special Control game totally created in the Fortnite Creative mode and battle other players for those zones. You can choose between Warlock, Hunter, and Titan for a premade loadout meant to capture the spirit of each class with its own weapon set, grenades, and even a Super. 

And finally, Hunter, Warlocks, and Titans will have a place as the cutest costumes in Fall Guys. Fight for victory and celebrate with the Spicy Ramen celebration dance and show your Guardian pride with the four new nameplates designs. The Destiny- inspired cosmetics will be available in Fall Guys on September 17. 

It’s Free Real DLC! 

From today until August 30, all the current Destiny 2 story campaigns – Shadowkeep, Beyond Light, and The Witch Queen – and their associated quests and content will be available to all players for free. It doesn’t matter if you play on Xbox, PlayStation, Stadia, or PC; you will have access to some of the best content Destiny 2 has to offer. To be 100% clear, this doesn’t mean all Destiny 2 content is available for no cost.  

The current Season Pass, the Dungeon Key, the Forsaken Content Pack, and the 30th Anniversary Pack are not available for free. Although if you play on the Epic Games Store, remember you can grab the 30th Anniversary Pack without a cost for a limited time. 

Heroes Welcome

Destiny 2 has a wide and vibrant community full of amazing people. We have been on a mission to share these stories far and wide as we celebrate these helpers, shepherds, and bright Lights for the heroes they are. Learn more about some of our recently featured Guardians here.

Lightfall FAQ 

Do you need some help picking the right Lightfall edition? Check this quick guide to be certain of which one is perfect for you. For the full list of features included in each package you can also check out this page.

If you are a collector who collects everything... 

The Destiny 2: Lightfall Collector’s Edition has all the goods you want. It includes a digital code for Lightfall + Annual Pass, a gorgeous pouka statue, and a whole assortment of physical goodies. Visit the Bungie Store right now to preorder Destiny 2: Lightfall Collector’s Edition. For one week only, if you pre-order the Destiny 2: Lightfall Collector’s Edition, you will receive a 10% discount code valid on your next Bungie Store purchase placed before December 6.

Already have a game code, but want the collectibles?

If you play everything Destiny has to offer but don’t need the collectibles... 

The Lightfall + Annual Pass includes all the Lightfall base content, Seasons 20, 21, 22 and 23, access to the two new Dungeons that will release in 2023, a Stash Bundle with in-game resources, and a Premium Exotic Bundle that delivers new items every season all year long. And don’t forget the Annual Pass preorder instantly unlocks the new Exotic Auto Rifle Quicksilver Storm, so you can start using it in Season 18.  

If you just want Lightfall... 

You can buy the Standard Edition, which includes Lightfall’s base content and Season 20. You can later decide if you want to upgrade to the Annual Pass, buy each Season as they launch, or purchase the Dungeon Key separately. 

Can I upgrade to the Lightfall + Annual Pass edition later?

Of course. You can buy the Annual Pass Upgrade that unlocks future Seasons, earns you access to the two new Dungeons, additional in-game resources, a premium Exotic Bundle per Season, and the Quicksilver Storm Exotic Auto Rifle. 

If I purchase the Standard Edition of Lightfall, how can I access the 2 new Dungeons? 

You can buy the Lightfall Dungeon Key in the Eververse in-game store to access them when they launch in 2023. 

General FAQ

Is PlayStation Plus required to play online during Free Week? 


Can we play the free 30th  Anniversary Pack on other platforms? 

The 30th Anniversary Pack is a time-limited DLC license offer for the Epic Game Store that can’t be transferred to other platforms regardless of the Cross Save setup. 

What happens to the gear and weapons players earn during the free week? 

Whatever weapons and gear you earn during this week will carry on after.  

We hope you enjoyed today’s full slate of trailers, announcements, and details on the future of Destiny 2. We covered a lot today, but we still have more to share before Lightfall launches next February. Thanks for sticking with us and enjoy the new Season!


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