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Destiny 2 Lightfall: Release Date, Pre-Order, Subclass Changes and More

Destiny 2 Lightfall is the fifth expansion for Bungie's looter-shooter. Here's everything you need to know about it, including its release date, story, pre-order bonus, and more.
Destiny 2 Lightfall: Release Date, Pre-Order, Subclass Changes and More

Destiny 2 Lightfall is the fifth major expansion for the incredibly popular looter-shooter. Lightfall takes place in the neon-soaked city of Neomuna, on the planet Neptune, where the Guardians battle Calus and come face to face with The Witness.

We have compiled all the information about the Lightfall expansion in Destiny 2. This includes details on the release date, pre-order bonus, story, and gameplay details. Read on to find out Destiny 2 Lightfall release date and more.

Update on 25 November 2022 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Destiny 2 Lightfall' news and leaks.

When Does Destiny 2 Lightfall Come Out?

Destiny 2 Lightfall has a confirmed release date set for 28 February 2023.

The Lightfall expansion will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S and can be pre-ordered right now.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Latest News

November 25 - A Hint At What's To Come?

We're slowly edging closer to the release of Destiny 2 Lightfall next year, and whilst Season 18 has been relatively light on teasers, Season 19 will most probably give us a big slab of foreshadowing. 

Now it seems as though the recent Eliksni Quarter community event has hinted that we'll once again be dealing with, Rasputin, the AI Warmind housed in the BrayTech Futurescape.

If you fancy a bit more info, we'd suggest giving this story a read from Paul Tassi of Forbes.

18 November - New TWAB, New Lightfall Info!

There's a new 'This Week At Bungie' blog post out, and the big news is confirmation of a new PvP multiplayer map launching with Lightfall:

"For the coming year, we are going to be bringing back two more maps from earlier in Destiny 2, and we’ve just started production on a brand-new map which we expect to be released in the year of Lightfall."

In addition, Bungie also outlined one future change to Crucible which would see engram focusing include older weapons and armor sets: 

"We’re introducing a new Crucible Seal and bringing engram focusing to Lord Shaxx to give players more ways to engage with Crucible rewards. In Lightfall, we’ll be expanding engram focusing to include older weapons and armor sets across Crucible, Iron Banner, Trials, and more. "

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Destiny 2 Lightfall launches on 28th February 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. (Picture: Bungie)

Destiny 2 Lightfall story

In the Lightfall expansion, you will fight against The Witness and his disciple Calus. Calus has been gathering an army of Cabals known as Shadow Legion that has taken over the futuristic city of Neomuna, set on the planet Neptune.

The Shadow Legion is harnessing a mysterious new power called Suppression, and it's your job, alongside other Guardians and Cloudstrides (a new friendly faction), to fight Calus and protect Neomuna.

Here's what Bungie's official website has to say about Destiny 2 Lightfall - 

"Shattered glass glints in the starlight. Soldiers of the Shadow Legion battle with Guardians under the unmistakable shadows of the fleet overhead - the Witness and its newest Disciple are here. Amid the chaos, begin a journey that will reveal the hidden threads that bind us, the ability to unravel them, and the mastery to weave them anew. With this new power in hand, find strength in your fellow Guardians and triumph in the face of impossibility; Legendary mode returns."

Destiny 2 Lightfall New Subclass - Strand

Destiny 2 Lightfall introduces a new subclass called Strand. This will be the game's fifth subclass, and you can switch between Arc, Solar, Stasis, Strand, and Void, at any time, granted you unlock them first. 

Strand has a green-colored UI and adds unique new super abilities for every subclass. Hunters are Threadrunners, running around with a whip. Titans wield a giant claw and are called Tyrants. Warlocks unleash strand missiles and are called Architects.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall adds a new subclass called Strand. (Picture: Bungie)

Destiny 2 Lightfall New QoL - LFG, Player Commendation System & Guardian Ranks

Destiny 2 is many things, but it's not the most accessible live-service game on the market, especially for new players.

Bungie plans to remove some of the issues that new players consistently experience in Destiny 2 by adding a LFG (Looking For Group) feature in the Lightfall expansion.

Destiny 2 has had several third-party LFG applications, but having one in the game would make a significant difference if done right. As the name suggests, the LFG feature will allow you to look for other players in the game for the activities you want to play. 

Destiny 2 Lightfall will also add a Player Commendation System to the game. This would allow you to rate and commend other players you interacted with at the end of every in-game activity.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall will bring a ton of quality-of-life features to the game. (Picture: Bungie)

The Commendation categories as of this writing are Ally, Fun, Mastery, and Leadership. This could change by launch.

You can rate other players with any of these, and they could do the same for you. The commendations will appear on your profile, so ensure you're not being toxic to other players.

Destiny 2 Lightfall will also come with a Glory Rank system that allows similarly experienced or leveled players to find, interact, and team up.

At launch, there will be 11 levels in this Glory Rank system, with the highest level having the title of the "Paragon."

The Glory Rank system is a way to make Destiny 2 more accessible and interactable to everyone - new and veteran players.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Editions & Pre-order Bonuses

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Destiny 2 Lightfall has three different editions. (Picture: Bungie)

Destiny 2 Lightfall comes in three different editions. They are the standard edition, the annual pass edition, and the collector's edition. All details on each addition can be viewed, just below:

Destiny 2 Lightfall Standard Edition Content & Price - 

The Standard Edition of Destiny 2 Lightfall costs $49.99 and includes the following items.

  • New Campaign and Legendary Mode
  • New Power: Strand
  • New Raid
  • New Exotic Gear
  • Season 20 battle pass

Pre-ordering the standard edition will instantly unlock an exclusive Emblem and an Exotic Ghost.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Annual Pass Edition Content & Price -
  • Standard edition content

  • Battle Pass for Seasons 20, 21, 22, and 23.

  • Lightfall Dungeon key (includes two Dungeons)

  • Quicksilver Storm Auto Rifle Catalyst and Ornament

  • Lightfall Exotic Sparrow

  • Rahool's Secret Stash (one per Season; contains 1 cosmetic accessory, 2 Ascendant Alloys, 3 Ascendant Shards, 1 Exotic Cipher, and 5 Upgrade Modules.)

Pre-ordering the annual edition will instantly unlock the Quicksliver Storm Exotic Auto Rifle, an Exotic Emote, an Exotic Ghost, and an Exotic Emblem.

Destiny 2 Lightfall Collector's Edition Content & Price - 

There are two versions of Lightfall's Collector's Edition. The one without the game code costs $150, whereas the one with the game code costs $249. It contains the following items.

  • Everything included in the Annual Pass
  • Destiny 2: Lightfall Digital Soundtrack 
  • 8” Polka Replica Figure with LED Lights and Stand 
  • Vanguard Lore Books 
  • Letter from Zavala 
  • Mini-Lithograph 
  • Vinyl Sticker 
  •  Exclusive Collector’s Edition Emblem

That's everything you need to know about Destiny 2 Lightfall. For more Destiny 2 news, be sure to check out our dedicated section or take a look at some of our Guides & Tutorials just below:

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Upcoming Updates - Destiny 2 Season 19 Release Date Destiny 2 The Dawning Event 2022Destiny 2 Lightfall Release Date | Everything We Know About 'Destiny 2 The Final Shape'

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