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Destiny 2 The Witch Queen maintenance - Server downtime

Bungie has confirmed a lengthy server downtime leading up to Destiny 2's The Witch Queen release.
Destiny 2 The Witch Queen maintenance - Server downtime
Destiny 2 is set to revamp their experience for new and returning players with the release of The Witch Queen, the most anticipated expansion in the game's history, garnering over 1 million pre-orders

As expected, the developers have warned players trying to jump into the game once the DLC hits on 22nd February about potential server issues and long queue times as they may not have the capacity to accommodate thousands of them at a time. 

In fact, if you're looking to do a bit of housekeeping before the servers are out, you may be cutting a bit too close, as the downtime is set to be quite long. 

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen server downtime

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Destiny 2 servers are shutting down for a few hours. (Picture: Bungie)

Via the official Bungie Help Twitter account, the developers revealed that server maintenance leading up to The Witch Queen will start on 21st February at 6 PM PST (02:00 UTC).

Bungie added: "Players will be removed from activities at 6:45 PM (0245 UTC) and be unable to log in until 9 AM (17:00 UTC) on February 22."

According to the Bungie Destiny server and update status, players will be able to pre-load The Witch Queen at 7 PM PST (03:00 UTC), adding that PlayStation 4 users "will be required to download all associated Destiny 2 Required Content before playing The Witch Queen. These can be downloaded by launching Destiny 2 after the 4.0.0.1 patch is released"

Once The Witch Queen drops, players will lose access to some of the content previously accessible throughout Year 4 of Destiny 2, including seasonal activities, Exotic missions, some Catalysts, and more.

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Expect waiting in line and server crashes on launch day. (Picture: Bungie)

Furthermore, some locales like The Tangled Shore and currencies will fade away, with the most important being Gunsmith materials from Banshee-44. If you didn't have time to turn over those mats, you're out of luck, as they will simply fade away once The Witch Queen launches.

 

Featured image courtesy of Bungie.