Destiny 2 Lightfall expansion: Release date, trailer, story, Strand subclass & everything we know

Lloyd Coombes
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Destiny 2: Lightfall is the game’s next expansion after The Witch Queen. Here’s all we know, including all the leaks and rumors we’ve pieced together so far.

Destiny 2’s Witch Queen expansion was arguably the game’s high point (we said so ourselves), but its ending asked plenty of questions that we don’t yet have answers to. The game’s next expansion, Lightfall, has a lot to live up to, but much of it remains shrouded in mystery.

While the expansion was originally intended to be the end of the current Destiny “Light and Darkness” saga, it’ll now lead into Destiny 2: The Final Shape, yet another expansion revealed by Bungie.

For now, though, let’s take a look at all we know about Lightfall, with Bungie sharing plenty of new information during the Lightfall showcase.


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Will we find out Osiris’ fate before Lightfall?

Destiny 2 Lightfall Release Date?

Lightfall was originally set to launch in 2022, with the preceding Witch Queen arriving in 2021. With the latter being pushed into 2022, though, Lightfall will now launch on February 28, 2023.

With Witch Queen adding another quartet of Season Passes, though, it’s likely players will have plenty to do in the interim.

Destiny 2 Lightfall: Trailers

Check out the first trailer for Lightfall below, showing Guardians defending against an assault on the Last City. Calus is back, and he’s got new friends, too.

Destiny 2 Lightfall: Platforms

While Bungie has yet to reveal platforms that will receive Lightfall, expect it to be playable wherever you play Destiny 2 right now.

This includes the PlayStation 4 & 5, the Xbox One & Series X | S, along with PC and Google Stadia.

While Bungie was purchased by Sony in January 2022, both parties have expressed an interest in Destiny 2 remaining multiplatform — so don’t worry, Xbox players, you’re not going to be left behind (at least just yet).

Destiny 2 Lightfall: Storyline

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Will Savathun return?

Bungie had confirmed that the events of the Witch Queen ending will push the narrative through Lightfall and beyond, and the core concept of the battle between Light and Darkness will be laid to rest.

“The Witch Queen will light the fire on a strongly interconnected narrative across Lightfall and beyond, unlike anything we’ve ever attempted before, with characters, arcs, heroes, and villains that persist over multiple future releases.”

Guardians are off to Neptune, a fresh location in Destiny 2, where we’ll be teaming up with Cloudstriders — a new civilization we haven’t encountered before.

We’ll be squaring off against Calus’ new Shadow Legion, too, who fight alongside new creepy-looking Tormentors.

Destiny 2 Lightfall content

In an interview with Dexerto, Bungie confirmed that Lightfall will feature a Legendary campaign — just like The Witch Queen’s.

In a tweet, the DestinyTwoLeaks account also noted that a Sparrow revamp, originally revealed back in March, has been canceled because “Bungie wasn’t able to get it working”.

The feature would have seen two-player Sparrows, but appears to have been cut.

The same account also suggested that an overhaul is coming for Power Levels, although this would be a sizeable shift in how Destiny has operated for years.

Finally, Bungie has re-added the Salt Mines area of the EDZ, according to a Reddit post. This could be due to some upcoming content, it’s hard to say for now.

New Strand Subclass

Bungie confirmed we’ll have a new green subclass, called Strand. Players will discover it and learn to use it throughout the new campaign.

It’ll even be useful for traversal, with Guardians shown swinging through urban environments.

It’s about consciousness and stems from Darkness. Guardians will be able to manipulate the connections between living things. Players can apparently grab anything, with the trains in the Prison of Elders shown pulling them along in the trailer.

Warlocks use Strand in a matter akin to telekinesis, while Titans can create new claws that can tear through enemies. Hunter’s gain a rope-dart, too!

While Beyond Light lets Guardians wield Stasis for the first time, there was no Darkness-based subclass in The Witch Queen. Instead, Bungie reworked Void in Season of the Risen, Solar in Season of the Haunted, and updated Arc in Season 18.

Guardian Ranks and LFG

Bungie will overhaul the game’s progression system, letting players showcase their achievements and help newer players.

The game will finally add its own LFG system, too, as well as a Commendation feature that lets you award players new appreciation.

Destiny 2’s future after Lightfall

Bungie has not only committed to more Destiny content after Lightfall, but they’ve even named the next expansion.

Destiny 2: The Final Shape is expected to arrive in 2024, but as yet there aren’t a lot of details. Bungie did reveal that The Witch Queen is a “moment of acceleration towards the end”, but what that end shakes out to be is anyone’s guess – is it a new story arc, a la Marvel Cinematic Universe phases, or is it a version of Destiny 2 that exists in perpetuity?

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