Destiny 2 is looking to lure in more players, which means when the latest Shadowkeep expansion releases on October 1, another edition of the game called New Light is also going live. Those previously watching Destiny 2 unfold from afar will now be able to play a fairly huge chunk of content for free.
It's been just over two years since Destiny 2 first released, and developer Bungie has been steadily releasing additional content ever since. When it comes to Destiny 2: New Light, players will be getting access to just about everything from the game's year 1 of content.
However, while New Light includes year 1, the details can be a bit complicated, so to clarify matters, Bungie actually released an infographic for fans. In short, New Light contains the base game, both Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions, all year 1 strikes (both regular and nightfall), plus the following year 1 raids: the Eater of Worlds lair, the Spire of Stars lair, and the Leviathan raid. There are also several elements from the year 2 annual pass, including The Reckoning, Black Armory Forges, Gambit, Gambit Prime, and The Menagerie. Finally, New Light comes with a bunch of new in-game events, private matches, seasonal PvP updates, and all year 1 exotic gear, on top of year 2's exotic weapons Thunderlord, Arbalest, Outbreak Perfected, and Bad Juju.
It's also helpful to know explicitly what isn't available for New Light players. For instance, the Shadowkeep expansion will obviously not be included, given that it launches the same day, but seasonal artifacts - which are new from Shadowkeep - will still be available in New Light. The Forsaken campaign and subclasses are also excluded from the list of New Light freebies. Furthermore, players who get a taste of New Light and decide they want more will be able to pick up seasons of Shadowkeep for $10 each. That may well be the case since future seasons of the game will actually change the world of Destiny.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep marks the third year of content, so even with the few omissions from New Light, there's plenty for new players to sink their teeth into. And if any new players need to quickly catch up, they can check out MyNameIsByf's handy and complete video summary on the events of Destiny.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, while Destiny 2: New Light releases on October 1. A Stadia version is also in development.