During the reveal of Destiny 2: Forsaken, which looks to be a huge game-changer for Bungie's sci-fi shooter, the developer also showed off a new roadmap filled with upcoming new changes for the game. After the reveal, one of the big questions among fans was how many of the features listed on that roadmap would be available to all players and which ones would only be available to those who purchase the Forsaken expansion.
The answer, according to Bungie game director Chris Barrett, is that everything listed on the roadmap will be available to all players regardless of whether or not they buy Forsaken. That's a pretty hefty list of features that every player will get to experience. As of this writing, the features listed in Update 2.0.0 deploying alongside the actual Destiny 2: Forsaken DLC can be seen in the updated roadmap below:
It's not unusual that things like quality of life and wide-sweeping changes to the how the game works, such as the newly designed weapon slots and random rolls, would apply to all players; it's impossible to imagine a world where Bungie could keep a previous version of the game going while making changes to fundamental parts of Destiny 2. For reference, this is also how major updates like Destiny's The Taken King worked in the past.
But what is curious is that features like power levels having an influence in Iron Banner and Trials of the Nine are included on the Roadmap. Questions still remain about whether that means all players will be able to reach Forsaken's new level cap (whatever it ends up being) without owning the DLC itself.
Other features like Raid Lair Prestige modes being available to all players can be explained by the fact that the purchase of Forsaken will require the purchase of the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions. Bungie promises to offer different options to those who don't currently own those Year 1 expansions in preparation for Forsaken.
But this news means that even if players don't buy Forsaken, or they're on the fence about purchasing, they can jump back in this fall to try the majority of the changes in-game before shelling out the cash for the DLC.
Destiny 2: Forsaken releases on September 4, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Christopher Barrett