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How long does it take to beat Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's campaign?

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is officially out, and aside from reports of some congested servers, it sounds like Destiny players are enjoying the expansion thus far. But let's say you haven't committed to playing yet. Let's say you want to know how much time you'll need to carve out for Shadowkeep's story. After running through the expansion's campaign ourselves, we can tell you about how long it'll take.

After withstanding many disconnections (and Bungie actually taking the servers completely offline), we can say that it'll likely take you between five and six hours to complete the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep campaign. This includes the main story, associated quests required to keep the campaign going, and the time it might take you to level up to where a story mission asks you to be in terms of power level. Yes, you might have to do another activity or two in between story missions to level up. And yes, that is annoying. There are also some fetch-type missions that only serve to prolong the campaign, which is still pretty short by most standards.

Is the main story all there is to experience in Shadowkeep? Absolutely not. In fact, it's likely there is more content after the expansion's campaign than there is in it. We're dealing with what amounts to a first-person-shooter mixed with an MMORPG, after all, so there are a slew of side missions and additional quests you can take on. Not only that, but Destiny 2: Shadowkeep looks to be focusing on the end game far more than any other Destiny 2 expansion thus far. There is a raid called "Garden of Salvation" that players will be able to take on the weekend after the expansion's launch, a yet-to-be-discovered dungeon similar to the "Shattered Throne" mission found in the Forsaken expansion, and a world event called "Vex Offensive" waiting on the other side of the campaign.

Long story short: if you're worried about Shadowkeep being short on content because of the length of its story, you probably shouldn't be. There will be plenty to do in Destiny 2 between now and when the next season launches, presumably in December.

There'll undoubtedly be more to report on as far as Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is concerned, so be sure to check back for updates. In the meantime, go enjoy the campaign. It's very, very good.