One of the great mysteries of Destiny 2 is what secrets the game’s endgame activity, the raid, will hold. Outside of one short clip from the raid, absolutely nothing is known about the activity that has become a fan-favorite and defining aspect of the franchise. A question that is surely on many fans’ minds is when will the raid be available to play.
According to Luke Smith, game director on Destiny 2, fans should expect a comparable release timeframe as they saw with the raids in Destiny 1. In case there was any doubt, Smith confirmed that the first raid will be included in the base game and will be available during the launch period.
While Bungie isn’t quite ready to announce an firm date yet (but promises to do so later later this summer), Smith said that the raid will have a very similar release date as with King’s Fall and Wrath of the Machine. Smith said the time between the game’s launch on September 6 and the date the raid goes live will allow players to be powerful and equipped enough to deal with the challenges contained within the raid.
For reference, both King’s Fall and Wrath of the Machine launched just three days after their accompanying expansions released. To compare, Destiny’s first raid, Vault of Glass went live an entire week after the launch of vanilla Destiny. So, it’s probably safe to assume that the raid will launch within three to seven days after Destiny 2’s launch on September 6.
The only difference is that Destiny 2 launches on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday, so three days would land on a Saturday, not a Friday as was the case with King’s Fall and Wrath of the Machine. It’s very likely that Bungie is still trying to decide when exactly it is best to launch the raid, and considering that the raid is an activity that the developer will initiate manually, Bungie could change it to whatever date it feels necessary.
Also, no details were given about the raid on the PC version of Destiny 2. With that version launching October 24, the raid will have been out for quite some time, so it is unknown whether it will go live with the launch of the game on PC or if Bungie will delay that raid as well to allow players to level and gear up before tackling the game’s most difficult challenge.
Destiny 2 launches September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One; and October 24 on PC.