Destiny 2: The Witch Queen – Arrives 2.22.2022

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THE WITCH QUEEN

Launches February 22 at 9 AM PST

Pre-Download Available: Now, with exception of PS4. Please see this Tweet or Maintenance Schedule below for more details.

NOTE: View launch and maintenance info below. Make sure to keep an eye on @BungieHelp for important updates and to find out about any issues.

Savathûn has gifted her soldiers with the powers of the Light. As the Knight you’ve struck down rises from the dead for the second time, a feeling of betrayal washes over you and you can’t help but wonder: When the Light offers no shelter – no solace – where will you turn?

A twisted wonderland of corruption and splendor, Savathûn’s Throne World plays host to a fragile balance of terrifying power. From the foundation of her glistening palace to the gnarled roots in the swamp, all that she hides can be found here. Seek the truth and learn that in this place, mystery makes its home in both the Darkness and the Light.

Summary of What’s Coming with The Witch Queen:

  • New Destination: Savathûn’s Throne World
  • Legendary Campaign difficulty (learn more below)
  • Weapon Crafting
  • Exotic Weapons, Armor, and a Catalyst (for the new SMG).
  • 2 Dungeons (season pass may be required)
  • Conflict Eternal, a new 6-player activity.
  • [Redacted] Raid
    • Located in swamps of Savathûn’s Throne World in a sunken Pyramid. This raid arrives on March 5, more details will be posted here.
  • Glaives
    • Players will be able to craft this new weapon archetype with the new weapon crafting system. An ornament will be available as well.
    • The Glaive fires projectiles, deploys a powerful energy shield, and can be used as a melee weapon. Learn more below.
  • Savathun’s Lucent Brood
    • These Hive enemies have powers similar to Guardians, in the activity players will have to crush/kill their ghost once the Lucent Hive enemy is defeated.

Pre-Order Bonus Item include: Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell, The Enigma Exotic Emote, and a Legendary Emblem. See image here or view pre-order details below.

Summary of What’s Coming with Season of the Risen:

  • Around 50 New Weapons
  • New Seasonal Armor
  • Hidden secrets
  • Void 3.0 (This is available to all players with or without The Witch Queen)
  • and much more!

Resources: Season of the Risen page (This page will be updated with more details once the new season begins)

  • Season Pass exclusives (more details will be posted when available)
  • Around 50 new weapons, 8 new exotics.
  • Hidden secrets
  • Void 3.0 (This is available to all players with or without The Witch Queen)
  • updating…
Maintenance Schedule:

Info below is from Bungie.net:

Server Maintenance and Update Status

Below is information on upcoming server maintenance periods or updates to a Destiny release:

Thursday, February 17, 2022

10:00 AM PST1800 UTCDestiny 2 background maintenance is scheduled to begin. No downtime is expected.This will prepare us for Update 4.0.0.1 releasing on February 22.Players who observe issues should report to the #Help forum.
2:00 PM PST2200 UTCDestiny 2 background maintenance is expected to conclude.Players who observe issues should report to the #Help forum.

Monday, February 21, 2022

6:00 PM PST0200 UTCDestiny 2 will undergo maintenance.Some Destiny API features on Bungie.net, mobile and third-party apps will be disabled.No sign-in to the Bungie.net site or apps will be possible.Players who observe issues should report to the #Help forum.
6:45 PM PST0245 UTCDestiny 2 will be brought offline for expected maintenance.Players will be removed from activities and won’t be able to log back in until 9 AM PST on February 22.Ongoing Destiny maintenance is expected to conclude at 10 AM PST on February 22.
7:00 PM PST0300 UTCPre-load for Update 4.0.0.1 will be available on all platforms. Players using the PS4 version of Destiny 2 will be required to download all associated Destiny 2 Required Content before playing The Witch Queen. These can be downloaded by launching Destiny 2 after the 4.0.0.1 patch is released.After the downloads have started, you can safely close the game and the Required Content downloads will continue in the background during our maintenance downtime.The PS4 download of Destiny 2 and all Required Content will be large, but players will have a smaller installation size once the download is complete. This should help improve the download and install of future PS4 patches.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

9:00 AM PST1700 UTCUpdate 4.0.0.1 will be available across all platforms and regions.Players will be able to log back into Destiny 2.Sign-in to the Bungie.net site and apps will be re-enabled.Players logging into the game may be placed in a queue and may experience sign-on issues as background maintenance is still ongoing.
10:00 AM PST1800 UTCDestiny 2 maintenance is expected to conclude.Players who observe issues should report to the #Help forum.
Maintenance NotificationsPatch Notes

Check out the Season of the Risen page here.


THE WITCH QUEEN | CAMPAIGN

SURVIVE the TRUTH

Sister of Shapes, Sword-Breaker, Witch Queen – which of my many names lives on your lips as you weave your story around me? Even as you tread carefully through my courtyard, among those who worship the Light I have gifted, would you deny me the virtue of this power?

Your answers are telling, Guardian. Ponder them and question those who promise you clarity in the face of all you see here. Listen as their voice wavers. And as you lift your new steel from the heart of your forge, ask yourself, “What force wields you?”

I await you, Guardian. Step into my Throne World and behold the truth

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERACTIVE GUARDIAN BRIEFING


THE WITCH QUEEN | COMBATANTS

the LUCENT BROOD

Savathûn has gifted her soldiers with the powers of the Light. As the Knight you’ve struck down rises from the dead for the second time, a feeling of betrayal washes over you and you can’t help but wonder: When the Light offers no shelter – no solace – where will you turn?


THE WITCH QUEEN | COMBATANTS

MEMORIES of STRENGTH

A memory fills your mind. Unformed and foreign, it begins to take shape as your link with the Pyramid relic grows stronger. A tool. No. A weapon. A blade, both ancient and new, shimmers perfectly into focus – you can almost feel its weight in your hands. Craft it and it will carry you to victory.

The Relic and the Glaive

A new weapon archetype begins its journey at the Relic. Once honed to perfection, master your Glaive to perform powerful melee combos, fire projectiles, and deploy a powerful energy shield.

Craft Your Perfect Roll

Master the new crafting system and create custom weaponry with unique combinations of mods, shaders, and advanced stat pools. When fighting a god, leave nothing on the table.


THE WITCH QUEEN | REWARDS

New Exotic Loot

Season Pass Required

WEAPONS

Grand Overture: Slug launcher charges full auto missiles.

Osteo Striga: Swarming projectiles trigger a toxic burst.

Parasite: Worm launcher with increasing damage.

GEAR

Hoarfrost-Z Titan Chest Armor: Stasis wall replaces Barricade.

Osmiomancy Warlock Gloves: Additional Coldsnap with enhanced seeking.

Blight Ranger Hunter Helmet: Reflected projectiles deal increased damage.

GLAIVE // CLASS SPECIFIC VARIANTS

Titan: Edge of Action – place protective shield

Warlock: Edge of Intent – deploy healing turret

Hunter: Edge of Concurrence – tracking chain lightning


THE WITCH QUEEN | DESTINATIONS

perfect IMPERFECTION

A twisted wonderland of corruption and splendor, Savathûn’s Throne World plays host to a fragile balance of terrifying power. From the foundation of her glistening palace to the gnarled roots in the swamp, all that she hides can be found here. Seek the truth and learn that in this place, mystery makes its home in both the Darkness and the Light.


THE WITCH QUEEN | ACTIVITIES

Solve the Mystery

PIERCE THE LIE

A sprawling web of evidence lies before you. Shadows nip at your heels as you retreat into the Light, only to find the enemy waiting, bolstered by a power it does not deserve. Face the Witch Queen’s Lucent Brood and solve the riddle at the heart of her deceit.

Conflict Eternal

A new six-player matchmade activity at the heart of the ongoing struggle for the Throne World. The balance must be maintained.

New Raid

Among the swamps of Savathûn’s Throne World lies a sunken Pyramid. Alongside your fireteam, venture inward and confront the ancient danger imprisoned within…


A CLOSER LOOK AT VOID 3.0:


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CHOOSE YOUR EDITION

Pre-Order Now

  • Standard (Witch Queen Only): $39.99
  • Deluxe: $79.99
  • Deluxe Anniversary Edition: $99.99
  • Collector’s Edition: $150+ without game code | $249.99 with game code

STANDARD EDITION $39.99

Standard Edition

  • New Campaign
  • Weapon Crafting
  • New Glaive Weapon Archetype
  • New Raid
  • Exotic Gear
  • New 6-player Activity

Pre-Order Instant Unlocks

  • Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell
  • The Enigma Exotic Emote
  • Legendary Emblem

Pre-Order: Xbox | PS | Steam | Bungie Store | Stadia

DELUXE EDITION $79.99

Standard Edition

  • New Campaign
  • Weapon Crafting
  • New Glaive Weapon Archetype
  • New Raid
  • Exotic Gear
  • New 6-player Activity

Pre-Order Instant Unlocks

  • Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell
  • The Enigma Exotic Emote
  • Legendary Emblem

Deluxe Edition

  • Exotic SMG, Catalyst, and Ornament
  • Access to Seasons 16, 17, 18, and 19
  • 2 Dungeons Released in Year 5
  • Throne World Exotic Sparrow

Pre-Order: Xbox | PS | Steam | Bungie Store | Stadia

DELUXE EDITION + 30TH ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE $99.99

Standard Edition

  • New Campaign
  • Weapon Crafting
  • New Glaive Weapon Archetype
  • New Raid
  • Exotic Gear
  • New 6-player Activity

Pre-Order Instant Unlocks

  • Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell
  • The Enigma Exotic Emote
  • Legendary Emblem

Deluxe Edition

  • Exotic SMG, Catalyst, and Ornament
  • Access to Seasons 16, 17, 18, and 19
  • 2 Dungeons Released in Year 5
  • Throne World Exotic Sparrow

30th Anniversary Pack

  • New Dungeon
  • Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher, Catalyst, and Ornament
  • New Weapons Inspired by Past Bungie Worlds
  • Thorn Armor Set
  • Bungie Streetwear Ornament Set
  • Marathon Themed Ornament Set
  • Unique Helmet Ornament
  • Exotic Sparrows
  • Exotic Ship
  • Emblems, Shaders, Emotes, and More

Pre-Order: Xbox | PS | Steam | Bungie Store | Stadia

COLLECTOR’S EDITION $150+ w/o game code | $249.99 w/game code

For Guardians who want the ultimate Destiny 2: The Witch Queen experience. This edition includes a digital code for The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition and a code for the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack.

Also included are a hidden psychic investigation kit, Hive Ghost replica, hidden keycard, lore booklet, and other mysteries from Savathûn’s Throne World.

*PlayStation activation codes are not provided digitally and instead included on a printed card inside the Collector’s Edition box.

Final product design subject to change.

Pre-Order: Bungie Store


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WITCH QUEEN // WHICH WITCH SHOULD I GET? 

Here is some help from Bungie if you are having a hard time deciding on which edition is best for you:

Are you having a hard time picking which edition is right for you? Here is a quick guide to break ‘em down. For the full list of features included in each package you can also check out this page.

Are you a collector of anything and everything Destiny all of the time? The Witch Queen Collector’s Edition has it all. You get digital codes for the Witch Queen Deluxe Edition and the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack as well as the Hive Ghost and all of the other physical goodies in the Collector’s Edition. Visit the Bungie Store right now to order The Witch Queen Collector’s Edition.

Already have the game codes you need, but still want all of the collectibles? Grab The Witch Queen Collector’s Edition without the game code.  

Do you play everything Destiny has to offer but don’t need the physical collectibles? The Deluxe Edition + Bungie 30th Anniversary Bundle is going to get you The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition and everything in the 30th Anniversary Pack. This will set you up with Seasons 16, 17, 18, and 19, as well as a ton of other Destiny content. If you are a hardcore player that consumes it all, this is your best option.   

Just want The Witch Queen?  The Standard Edition will get you the base expansion without all the bells and whistles. You can decide later if you want to buy the Seasons as they arrive and can also pick up the 30th Anniversary Pack separately as well.  

If I buy the Standard Edition, can I upgrade it to the Deluxe later? Yes. More details on that in the future.  

If I purchase the Standard Edition of The Witch Queen, will I be able to get the additional Dungeons that are included in the Deluxe Edition? Yes, you can upgrade to the Deluxe Edition to access the Dungeons. We will also add a separate access path in the future. 

If I already have Game Pass on Xbox will I get access to The Witch Queen? No. The Witch Queen will not be available within Game Pass. 


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ABOUT LEGENDARY CAMPAIGN

WHAT ARE THE MAIN REWARDS OF COMPLETING MISSIONS AT LEGENDARY DIFFICULTY? 

  • Double chest rewards offering 1-3 extra chests per mission. Each chest will give you world pool gear, XP, upgrade modules, and Glimmer. 
  • Legendary players will be able to earn Throne World armor and unlocks at a faster rate. 
  • Basically: Higher the risk means higher the reward, especially when getting to the new Power Level soft cap in The Witch Queen. 

ARE THERE ANY UNIQUE REWARDS FOR COMPLETING THE STORY ON LEGENDARY DIFFICULTY?

  • Completing ALL missions on Legendary will award players with the following: 
    • A new emblem exclusive to those who complete the campaign at Legendary difficulty. 
    • A Triumph required for the newest title for Throne World. 
    • A set of gear 20 above the soft cap at 1520 Power Level. 
    • Eight upgrade modules. 
    • New The Witch Queen Exotic armor that typically is reserved for PED Lost Sector drops. 
    • Exclusive Bungie Rewards (more details will come about this in the future).

SOME PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKING IF THIS IS A DIFFICULTY TO BE FEARED – HOW CHALLENGING IS IT?

  • To set difficulty expectations, the Legendary campaign is designed to be harder than a Legend Nightfall, though it is easier than a solo dungeon or running a Grandmaster Nightfall. 
  • Enemies are more difficult and more aggressive. They also have higher damage resistance, are more of a challenge to stagger, and shield are stronger to unmatched damage types. 
  • The challenge of Legendary also comes from switching up enemy interactions and infiltration, like swapping out an Elite for a boss or having an influx of more red bar foes. 

CAN I OVER-LEVEL THIS CONTENT? 

  • Each mission caps your Power (similar to the Raid Contest mode) so that all Guardians have an even playing field to avoid feeling like every step is a grind. The mission launch screen will have a skull displaying each mission’s max effective Power. 
    • If you’re under-level, be prepared for a bit of a tough fight. 

THE MIGHTY ARE FORGED IN BATTLE, BUT IS IT THAT WAY FOR SOLO PLAYERS TOO?

  • Legendary gives Bungie a chance to give solo players more equal footing with those that opt into playing with a fireteam. Enemy damage and health scales to match your fireteam, though it won’t be 1:1 – because triple the boss health isn’t fun. Even still, it will be enough to keep even a veteran trio on their ornamented toes. 
  • Players are limited to one revive per player for each Darkness zone, and a shared timer of 40 seconds before an automatic wipe happens.

WILL PLAYERS BE ABLE TO TONE THINGS DOWN IF LEGENDARY IS A BIT TOO MUCH FOR THEIR PLAYTHROUGH? 

  • For those who find Legendary difficulty too overwhelming at first, there is an option to leave a mission and relaunch it through the classic Destiny 2 settings. For those who want more of a challenge, Bungie has added nodes to replay any The Witch Queen campaign mission on Classic or Legendary any time – after you’ve beaten the mission once, of course.”

It is all up to you what you do, the choice is yours! 

Source: This Week at Bungie – February 10, 2022

More info:

Check out the ViDoc below (starts at 4:34) to learn more about the Legendary Campaign mode coming with The Witch Queen.


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