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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 24 March 2023 - Lightfall is out now! Check out our dedicated Destiny 2 guides section for all the info you would possibly need.

When Does Destiny 2 Lightfall Come Out? Countdown Clock

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.

Counting down to the release of Destiny 2 Lightfall
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Destiny 2 Lightfall Latest News

17 February 2023: Enjoy the Destiny 2 Lightfall Interactive Trailer
1 February 2023: A new Lightfall trailer showcases seven new Exotics coming to the game.

Bungie has released a new Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer, showcasing some of the new Exotic weapons and armor. These include - Final Warning (Strand Sidearm), Deterministic Chaos (Void Machine Gun), Winterbite (Stasis Glaive), Quicksilver Storm (Kinetic Auto Rifle), Cyrtararchne's Facade (Hunter Helmet), Abeyant Leap (Titan Boots), and Swarmers (Warlock Boots). 

24 January 2023: The Resilience stat is getting nerfed in Destiny 2 Lightfall

In a new interview, Bungie revealed that it's nerfing the Resilience stat in Lightfall. It means the tier 10 damage reduction from combatants is going down from 40% to 30%.

19 January 2023: Buildcrafting is evolving with Destiny 2 Lightfall
17 January 2023: New Destiny 2 Lightfall Neomuna Environment Trailer

Just weeks before its launch, Bungie has released a new Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer that highlights the different environments of Neomuna, gives a first glimpse at Cloud Striders, and also showcases the formidable Tormentors in action.

6 January 2023: Destiny 2 Lightfall countdown clock added!

We've added a countdown clock to this article so you know exactly when Destiny 2 Lightfall will release.

16 December 2022: Exotic weapons getting reworked for Destiny 2 Lightfall.

The Exotic weapons that are getting reworked for Destiny 2 Lightfall have been revealed. Learn more in our dedicated article.

15 December 2022: New details leaked!

A new Pastebin leak has revealed details about both Destiny 2 Lightfall and Final Shape! Read all about it here.

9 December: Check out the awesome new Destiny 2 Lightfall trailer!
8 December: Watch The Game Awards 2022 live for the new Lightfall trailer!

At The Game Awards 2022, we will definitely see more about Lightfall with a brand-new trailer confirmed as part of the show.

Tune in the watch The Game Awards 2022 via the YouTube stream embedded below. It kicks off on 8 December at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT and 9 December at 00:30 GMT.

December 5 - Season 19 Drops Tomorrow

We're officially one season away from the launch of Destiny 2 Lightfall and tomorrow (December 6) will see the launch of Destiny 2 Season 19.

Bungie is keeping incredibly tight-lipped on what's to come, but we imagine the whole season is going to be building momentum for the next expansion. Only time will tell, so make sure you log in to find out more following the Daily Reset.

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.

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