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Destiny 2 Witch Queen expansion: Release date, trailer, price & everything we know so far

Published: 12/Jan/2022 16:43 Updated: 12/Jan/2022 16:44

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.


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Destiny 2 gameplay capture from Witch Queen expansion
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Witch Queen will add a new weapon type, the Glaive.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen: Latest News

New Witch Queen Trailer – January 11

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Everything leaving in 2022 – January 1

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Is Destiny 2 doomed to lose new players? December 26

Destiny 2 is constantly adding and vaulting content, making it hard for new players to jump on.

We have some thoughts.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen: Release Date

The release date for the Witch Queen expansion in Destiny 2 is February 22, 2022. It’ll arrive alongside Season 16, kicking off the next year of content ahead of Lightfall.

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While The Witch Queen was originally planned for 2021, that 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.

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.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Game Awards Trailer

The third trailer, which was revealed at The Game Awards, shows off even more details about the upcoming expansion.

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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.

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.

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“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.

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.

It’s also worth checking in with longtime Destiny 2 content creator My name is Byf, who has been releasing lore videos for years. This time around, he’s looking at where Eris Morn has been during Season of the Lost, and how that could tie into The Witch Queen and Season 16.

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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 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’s Forsaken campaign will be added to the Destiny Content Vault when Witch Queen arrives – and fans aren’t happy. Still, at least it sounds like a Gambit rework is on the cards.

That’s not all, though. Players can expect two Crucible maps to return over the course of the next year, as well as one brand new one and one Destiny 1 map.

If players pick up the Witch Queen Deluxe Edition, there are two new Dungeons, too, and we’re also expecting a raid to return from Destiny 1. Our money is on King’s Fall, but it could also be Wrath of the Machine.

Destiny 2 Witch Queen: Void overhaul

Destiny void
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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.

This overhaul means we won’t be getting a new subclass in Witch Queen, though.

Destiny 2 Content Vault as of Witch Queen

Since Beyond Light, Bungie has been “vaulting” and re-adding content to Destiny 2. On the one hand, that means it’s harder than ever to get on board, but it does give longtime players plenty of reasons to log in.

The addition of the Witch Queen expansion will see a new vaulting cycle begin.

Players will lose access to:

  • Year 4 seasonal content
  • Forsaken
  • The Tangled Shore destination

At present, we still don’t know if anything could be returning, either. In an interview with PC Gamer, Game Director Luke Smith said reintroducing content isn’t guaranteed – even with an expansion as big as Witch Queen.

“Each expansion is going to include a brand-new destination,” Smith explained, “so The Witch Queen is not going to unvault one. For a destination to be unvaulted, it has to be updated to the latest context for the universe, so even with Cosmodrome, we updated a bunch of it to the latest context.”

Destiny 2 Witch Queen raid

Other than the expected returning raid, the Witch Queen will introduce a new one. We don’t know its name just yet but we do know that it’ll be set within the Pyramid ship on Savathun’s Throne World.

The Pyramids have been lurking for a few years now, and we’ve only been inside on briefly at the end of Shadowkeep. We can’t wait to explore further.

Destiny 2 trailer screenshot showing Savathun's Throne World with a Pyramid ship in the distance
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The new raid will be set inside the ominous pyramid on Savathun’s Throne World.

Destiny 2 Witch Queen Price and Deluxe Edition

The standard edition of Witch Queen will cost players $39.99. Unlike Beyond Light, it is not expected to launch on Xbox Game Pass.

The Witch Queen’s Digital Deluxe Edition costs $79.99. The Deluxe + 30th Anniversary bundle costs £87.99/$99.99 and includes the 30th Anniversary bundle.

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/$10 or so – starting with Season 16.

Physical collectors editions include your very own Hive Ghost, as seen below.

What’s next for Destiny 2?

If you worried that the Witch Queen was the end of Destiny 2, we’ve got good news – Bungie has promised much more content.

2023 is expected to see the launch of Lightfall, while The Final Shape will follow after that.


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

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