When does Destiny 2 free-to-play New Light go live?

Destiny 2's free-to-play New Light version goes live today, here's when in your timezone.

Destiny 2 New Light, the free-to-play version of the space shoot-n-looter is going live today, but when is it happening in your timezone?

Alongside the launch of the next huge expansion, Shadowkeep, Destiny 2 is opening up to all comers on every platform with the first year of content free, as well as plenty of multiplayer modes too.

Here's when Destiny 2 New Light goes free in your timezone.

When does Destiny 2 New Light go live?

Destiny 2 New Light will release on Tuesday October 1 at the following times in your region:

  • UK: 6pm BST
  • Europe: 7pm CEST
  • East Coast US: 1pm EDT
  • West Coast US: 10am PDT

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep will also release at the same time, and if you are planning to play on PC then you can still migrate your Destiny account from Battle.net to Steam and find out how to turn on Cross-Save for Destiny 2. The Shadowkeep pre-load is now active, so you can download most of the game now ready for when it releases.

What is in Destiny 2 New Light?

As it's the free-to-play version of Destiny 2, New Light does not contain everything that paying players can enjoy however it does have most of the best features worth playing with friends. Here's everything included in Destiny 2 New Light at launch:

  • All Year 1 story content (base campaign The Red War, plus expansions Curse of Osiris and Warmind)
  • Access to all Patrol spaces (including The Dreaming City from the Forsaken expansion and the Moon from brand-new expansion Shadowkeep)
  • Year 1 and 2 Exotics
  • Year 1 Nightfall Strikes and Raids (Leviathan, Eater of Worlds and Spire of Stars)
  • Year 2 multiplayer activities: Gambit, Gambit Prime, Black Armory, The Menagerie and The Reckoning

You'll also be able to play through these new elements from Year 3 (Shadowkeep) alongside everyone else:

  • Opening mission of Shadowkeep
  • Moon patrol space
  • Shadowkeep's two new Strikes and three new Crucible maps (including Widow's Court and Twilight Gap from the original Destiny)
  • All Crucible updates, maps, new modes and events, such as Iron Banner
  • New Armor 2.0 and Finisher systems
  • Themed seasonal events, such as upcoming Halloween-themed Festival of the Lost and Christmas event The Dawning
  • Access to all the free rewards of a Season Pass

In addition, you'll be fast-tracked all the way up to light level 750 so you can start whatever you want straight away. It's also worth bearing in mind that neither the free-to-play Destiny 2 New Light nor Shadowkeep will include Forsaken raid or story content, so if you want to play the entire story through you'll need to purchase both year 2 and 3 expansions.

That's quite a lot to take in, right? But hopefully now it's a little clearer what you'll be getting when Destiny 2 New Light free-to-play goes live.


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