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Here’s when you can play Destiny 2: Warmind

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Time to clear up some hard drive space!

Destiny 2: Warmind - story screenshots Bungie, Vicarious Visions/Activision

Destiny 2’s second expansion, Warmind, is almost upon us. Guardians are about to head (back) to Mars to explore the Red Planet’s thawing ice caps, and to deal with a previously frozen Hive army. The add-on will bring a second raid lair into Destiny 2, Spire of Stars, and a horde-style cooperative exercise called Escalation Protocol. In addition, Warmind comes with two new strikes on Windows PC and Xbox One, and three on PlayStation 4.

Bungie and co-developer Vicarious Visions are also bringing plenty of new features to all Destiny 2 players tomorrow, regardless of whether they buy Warmind, in updating the game to version 1.2.0. That set of features includes two new Crucible maps, although players must own Warmind if they want to use the new maps in private matches. In addition, the update will introduce Masterwork versions of exotic weapons, along with performance tweaks for a whole host of them.

We’ll have to see how it all turns out when Warmind launches. In case you’re wondering about how and when you’ll be able to get your hands on the expansion, we’ve got you covered. Read on for all the details.

Destiny 2: Warmind - The Insight Terminus strike (PS4 exclusive)
A scene from Warmind’s PlayStation 4-exclusive strike, The Insight Terminus.
Bungie, Vicarious Visions/Activision

What is included with Destiny 2: Warmind?

Warmind features a new story campaign centered on the Warmind known as Rasputin, with players fighting alongside a new ally, Ana Bray, to reach Rasputin’s core. The expansion takes place on Mars, and introduces a patrol zone called the Hellas Basin. Here’s the other new content players will get in Warmind, in addition to new gear to earn:

  • Escalation Protocol, a wave-based co-op activity
  • Braytech Futurescape, a vendor space
  • Spire of Stars, a raid lair located on the Leviathan
  • two strikes — Will of the Thousands and Strange Terrain — plus a third that’s exclusive to PS4 players, The Insight Terminus
  • two Crucible maps, Meltdown and Solitude

When is Warmind’s release date?

Warmind will be released tomorrow, May 8, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Alongside it, Bungie will launch update 1.2.0 and hotfix 1.2.0.1 for Destiny 2, as well as the game’s third season of content.

What is Destiny 2 season three?

Destiny developer Bungie has split the life cycle of Destiny 2 into “seasons” of game updates, following from the development roadmap that the studio laid out in early 2018. The first season ran from the game’s launch in September 2017 until the debut of Curse of Osiris; season two began when Curse of Osiris was released, and concludes tomorrow with the arrival of Warmind.

Season three will encompass updates such as exotic weapon tuning, seasonal Crucible rankings, increased vault space and private Crucible matches.

When does Warmind go live?

As always, Bungie will take Destiny 2 offline while it pushes Warmind and its associated patch live. The downtime is scheduled to run tomorrow, May 8, from 6-11 a.m. PT. During that window, at approximately 7 a.m., players will be able to start downloading Warmind and the v1.2.0 update. But they won’t be able to start playing the expansion until Destiny 2 comes back online at about 11 a.m., because a hotfix to bring the game to v1.2.0.1 won’t be available until that time.

Destiny 2: Warmind - story screenshots Bungie, Vicarious Visions/Activision

Where are the Warmind patch notes?

Bungie plans to post the full patch notes for Warmind and Destiny 2 v1.2.0 to its website at approximately 10 a.m. PT on May 8. For now, you can read a brief overview of the changes in the studio’s most recent weekly blog post.

How much hard drive space will I need?

On PlayStation 4, installing Destiny 2 plus Warmind will require 71 GB of free space, and all of Destiny 2 will take up 53 GB after the expansion is installed.

On PC, the full installation will require 68 GB of free space, and all of Destiny 2 will take up 48 GB after the expansion is installed.

On Xbox One, the download and final installation sizes are the same: 50 GB.

How much does Warmind cost?

Warmind is part of Destiny 2’s $34.99 Expansion Pass, which is included with the game in an $89.99 bundle, and in the game’s $99.99 Digital Deluxe Edition. But if you didn’t buy those packages, you can purchase Warmind on its own for $19.99.

Correction (May 8): The storage requirements for the download refer to installing the full Destiny 2 game plus the Warmind expansion from scratch, not Warmind itself. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.