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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Launch Trailer Hypes Up Next Week's Expansion

"Know that thing that goes bump in the night? Become that thing." Those are the instructions given by Eris Morn in the launch trailer for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, which is now one week away from launch. And if you've ever wanted a sub-two-minute rundown of what's coming in the expansion, the trailer has you covered.


There's a new story campaign that revolves around what exactly Eris discovered on the moon. There are new exotic quests and activities. There's a new dungeon, which should please those who've enjoyed "The Shattered Throne" and what it brought to Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion. And a purchase of Shadowkeep will also include access to Destiny 2's Season of the Undying, which appears to focus on a war against the time-traveling robot race known as the Vex.

In fact, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's raid takes place in the Black Garden, which is the location players fought the Vex in to end the first Destiny's campaign. That raid — titled "Garden of Salvation" – is ever so slightly revealed in the trailer, we get a look at a jumping puzzle sequence that will undoubtedly claim many Guardian lives when next week rolls around.


There are Finishers on the way, which are close-up knockout blows. Armor 2.0 promises to go hard on the RPG side of Destiny 2 that the vanilla game tried unsuccessfully to run away from. A few more strikes will become available as part of the new content drop. And Bungie is promising a renewed focus on Destiny 2's PvP Crucible mode, with fan-favorite maps returning from Destiny and changes to the game's sandbox that'll make competing a lot less frustrating.

And hey: Destiny 2 is getting a free-to-play version! We don't see mention of it in the trailer, but it's worth noting for those who might want to jump in but are hesitant to front money for ShadowkeepDestiny 2: New Light offers up the base game, the first year of expansions, and all planets and non-end-game activities for free. So you can download Destiny 2 on your platform of choice, join your friend for some strikes or some Crucible, and not pay a dime. Cool.

At this point, Bungie has done everything it can to build up the hype for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, so all that's left to do now is release it. That'll happen next Tuesday, Oct. 1, on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.