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Destiny 2 The Witch Queen expansion: release date, trailer, Savathun story, leaks

Published: 21/Sep/2021 10:32

by Brad Norton

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Perhaps Destiny 2’s most hotly anticipated expansion of all time, The Witch Queen is finally approaching and we’ve got you covered with everything there is to know. The release date, early leaks, and more – here’s the full rundown.

Ever since the release of Destiny in 2014, we’ve seen at least one major expansion with each passing year. From The Dark Below all the way through to Beyond Light, Bungie has delivered new storylines and pushed gameplay in new directions to keep the experience fresh.

Next on the horizon is The Witch Queen expansion as Savathun is set to take over. Teasers for the Hive god have been prevalent from day one and now, the ominous foe is finally ready to make her debut.

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From the direction of the next expansion to early leaks and more, here’s everything you need to know about The Witch Queen in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 expansion The Witch Queen has been delayed.
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The next chapter of Destiny 2’s story, “The Witch Queen,” is due in early 2022.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen: Release Date

The release date for the Witch Queen expansion in Destiny 2 is February 22, 2022.

During a reveal stream on August 24, Bungie revealed lots more about The Witch Queen and all the content set to arrive over the coming seasons.

While The Witch Queen was originally planned for 2021, this calendar year now marks the first time in franchise history that we won’t see a major content drop. Instead, the new content was delayed to early 2022.

It’ll land alongside Season 16, too – kicking off another year of seasonal content.

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Destiny 2 The Witch Queen: Trailers

As part of the reveal event, Bungie premiered two Witch Queen trailers. The first gave us a new cinematic as guardians interacted with Savathun for the first time.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Reveal Trailer

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Gameplay Trailer

The second trailer on display gave us our first look at Witch Queen gameplay. From new abilities to the power of the Glaive, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The Witch Queen Expansion: Platforms

Coming as no surprise, the next Destiny 2 expansion will be available across every platform currently supported. This includes the PlayStation 4 & 5, the Xbox One & Series X | S, along with PC and Google Stadia.

At this stage, there appear to be no further plans to spread Destiny 2 on any further platforms with the release of The Witch Queen expansion.

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The Witch Queen Expansion: Storyline

For the better part of a decade, Destiny has revolved around a story of Light and Darkness. Even when certain stories journeyed elsewhere, that was always the underlying theme. Now, The Witch Queen expansion is finally ready to “conclude the Light and Darkness saga,” Bungie confirmed in February.

“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.”

It’s too early to gauge just how this conclusive narrative will get underway. As the expansion draws near, we’ll keep you updated right here.

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What we do know is that the expansion will introduce Hive that will wield the Light, just as Guardians have. Bungie has explained that they want Guardians to “feel terror” in an interview with Gamespot.

Destiny 2 Witch Queen: Void overhaul

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Void is the first Light subclass to be completely reworked in Destiny 2.

Alongside all the new content in the Witch Queen expansion, Bungie is also set to overhaul everything Void-related in Destiny 2. As the first step in reworking all Light subclasses, Void will be given a new coat of paint in the upcoming release, presumably with Solar and Arc abilities following later.

Certain abilities will be scrapped, others will be adjusted, and brand-new abilities will also come into focus. Brush up on every Void change in the works right here.

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Witch Queen Expansion: New features

  • A new realm: The Witch Queen’s Throne World
  • Weapon Crafting: with custom shader, mod and stat combinations.
  • Glaives: A new weapon archetype that lets you perform powerful combos, fire insane projectiles and deploy a lifesaving shield.

Bungie is also promising “the definitive Destiny campaign”, which will be replayable for better loot at higher difficulties.

Destiny 2 Witch Queen: Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition will include:

  • Seasons 16 – 19.
  • Two Year-Five Dungeons
  • Exotic SMG
  • Catalyst ornament
  • Exotic Sparrow.
  • Deluxe Edition preorders: Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell, Enigma Exotic Emote, new emblem.

If you opt for the standard edition, expect each season to set you back £10 or so – starting with Season 16.


We’ll be sure to keep you updated here with all the latest on The Witch Queen expansion in Destiny 2.