The final content expansion of Destiny 2‘s current annual pass, Penumbra, drops today along with the Season of Opulence, which means the future of Bungie’s live service shooter is currently unknown to players. Or at least, that was the case before dataminers started digging through the game’s new patch, Update 220.127.116.11, and discovered what they say are details about Destiny 2’s next expansion, which is potentially being revealed as part of a pre-E3 event later this week.
According to a post on Reddit, the next new content to come to Destiny 2 is called Shadowkeep, and it’s due to drop this fall. The expansion will take players back to the moon, a Destiny 1 location that hasn’t been included in Destiny 2 so far, where they’ll fight new variations of the Hive. Here’s the full description on the image Redditors say they pulled from the new update’s files:
“The next chapter in the Destiny experience arrives this fall as terrifying shadows descend upon a forgotten moon. Return to the lunar surface. Journey deep into a mysterious enemy citadel. Become a slayer of nightmares.”
Bungie recently announced it plans to lay out the “next chapter” of Destiny 2 on Thursday, June 6, seemingly in a livestream. It’s one of the many things happening this week, along with a Pokemon-focused Nintendo Direct and a Google Stadia Connect event.
Returning to the moon tracks with Destiny 2’s story ever since Forsaken. In that expansion, the Hive attacked the Dreaming City and are responsible for a time loop that keeps the location locked in a three-week cycle–something players have ostensibly been trying to break since the expansion was released. The Hive have a major presence on the moon in Destiny 1, so returning to that location would make sense as part of wrapping up the Dreaming City story.
The question is, what exactly is Bungie’s plan for Destiny 2 going forward? One assumes the developer still means to release a Destiny 3, as was the plan before its split with Activision. Holding that game until the release of a new console generation would also make sense. But does that mean Bungie means to launch a new annual pass that would carry the game into 2020? Or is there another, larger expansion on the way, more akin to Forsaken? And just how big will Shadowkeep end up being, anyway?
The leak might tell us what to expect, but it seems we’ll still be waiting for Thursday’s announcement from Bungie for the full details of Destiny 2’s next chapter.