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Destiny 2 announces major delays for Year 4 expansion ‘Beyond Light’

Published: 17/Jul/2020 8:01 Updated: 17/Jul/2020 8:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bungie has confirmed the next Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light, has been delayed nearly two months due to “difficulties of development.” The franchise’s highly-anticipated ‘Year 4’ expansion was originally set for a September 22 release date.

The Destiny 2 developers confirmed the news in a Bungie.net blog post on July 16. The devs explained the last-minute date which was “best for the game,” after they realized the original date was a “big ask” in the current climate.

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“As always, our goal is to make the coolest, most entertaining expansion we can possibly make for our fans. To that end, we are doing what’s best for the game and moving the launch date,” Destiny community manager David Dague said.

“The past few months have been a challenge. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.”

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Destiny insiders have also suggested there’s been a fair few problems with Beyond Light. Those issues have, in part, come from a new damage type being added to the series. New Statis abilities and balance decisions have also played a part.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light now has a November 10 release date, thanks to development delays.

The first major expansion of the “new era of Destiny” ⁠— a moniker Bungie slapped on the 2020 release after promising “huge changes” for their flagship franchise — is now penciled in to officially begin on Tuesday, November 10.

The swap also means Destiny 2’s current season, Season of Arrivals, will be sticking around for a little bit longer. Bungie has promised to reveal more information on the additional two months of content “over the coming weeks.”

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When Guardians do finally get to step into Destiny 2’s fourth year with Beyond Light, they’ll be thrown straight into a mysterious war with the Darkness. The Stranger, Eris Morn, and the Drifter look like they’ll be coming along for the ride too.

Guardian wields darkness in Destiny 2.
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Guardians will get the chance to wield the Darkness for the first time in Year 4.

Beyond Light is the first of a new trilogy of Destiny expansions, which Bungie revealed earlier this year. It will call on players to “brave the unrelenting glacial fortress [of Europa], infiltrate a Golden Age Braytech facility, and uncover the secrets that lie deep under the ancient ice.”

There’s not a lot that we know gameplay-wise about Beyond Light, however. There have been a few suggestions Bungie could finally add proper World of Warcraft factions to the franchise, but that’s far from confirmed at this stage.

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Many are hoping Beyond Light will see Bungie finally flexing their post-Activision muscles in their sci-fi world. The publishing deal, which former composer Marty O’Donnell admitted was “bad from the start,” ended early last year.

New Destiny 2 enemy absorbs power in Beyond Light.
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Bungie has promised Beyond Light will take Destiny into a “new era.”

Destiny 2: Beyond Light will now be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday, November 10. The year four expansion will also be available on next-gen consoles once they launch these holidays.

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Destiny 2 unveils Raid race changes for Beyond Light: Power level, date

Published: 16/Oct/2020 6:00 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 6:01

by Brad Norton

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The next monumental Raid race in Destiny 2 is right around the as Beyond Light draws near. From the required Power level to the exact hour it unlocks, here’s everything you need to know.

As the Destiny community gets set for the next chapter to kick off on November 10, the hungriest players have their sights set on the next endgame activity. Raids have long been the pinnacle of PvE content in Destiny, pitting six players against the most challenging puzzles, platforming trials, and of course, boss fights.

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With each new Raid comes to the iconic world’s first race. Teams around the globe gear up and battle it out to be the very first squad through the latest challenge. Hundreds of thousands gather on Twitch every year to support their favorite squads and Beyond Light will be no different.

We’re still a few weeks from launch and further still from the Raid, though Bungie has just outlined some critical information in the weekly blog post.

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From the exact Power level to the time it unlocks, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown on the Beyond Light Raid.

When is the Destiny 2 Beyond Light Raid race?

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The next Destiny raid gives players more time than ever to prepare.

The single most important detail has been revealed well ahead of time this go around. Beyond Light’s Raid race begins on Saturday, November 21 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST / 4 AM AEST.

As per usual with Raids in Destiny, no one truly knows how long the race might go for. Raids have taken anywhere from 2 hours up to 18 hours in world’s first runs, so be prepared for a long day of action just in case we’re in for another big one.

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Power level for the Beyond Light Raid

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Another exclusive world’s first belt will be on the line.

No different from the most recent Destiny Raids, Bungie will be enforcing Contest Mode for the first 24 hours. This means that regardless of your exact Power level, all players around the world will be capped 20 Power below each encounter.

Keeping things balanced and fair across the board for competitors looking to race on day one. Also of note, Artifact Power will be disabled for the Raid race.

However, this doesn’t mean the road to the Raid will be easy. Beyond Light launches on November 10 and the Raid unlocks a full 11 days later.

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During this stretch of time, you’ll still want to be pushing for the highest Power level possible. “1230 Power is your team’s goal,” if you want to be at the cap for every encounter Bungie confirmed.

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Players will likely want to bring all-new Beyond Light Exotics with them into the new Raid.

Beyond Light Raid details

Other than the launch time and the Power requirements, the next Destiny raid is shrouded in mystery. We know that the world’s first fireteam will be sent a championship belt for their efforts as usual. Moreover, any team that completes the Raid in the first 24 hours will be rewarded a special emblem as well.

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In terms of the Raid’s storyline, not much is known. Players will be venturing through the Deep Stone Crypt, the birthplace of Exos.

With The Stranger playing a central role in the expansion after years of absence, the endgame activity could be crucial for the future of all Exos.

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A look at the exclusive emblem your fireteam can earn for a completion in the first 24 hours.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as we learn more about the specifics of the Raid, along with our path to unlocking the endgame activity.