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Bungie leaks Destiny 2’s fall reveal date via Instagram

Destiny 2’s summer and fall is shrouded in mystery

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In its usual Thursday blog, Bungie revealed when players can learn more about the future of Destiny 2.

According to Bungie, players will learn about season 11 of Destiny 2 “at the same time that we talk about the next chapter in the story that has been unfolding all year long.” While cryptic, this likely means Bungie will announce Destiny 2’s fall expansion alongside details of the currently unnamed season 11.

With season 11 launching on June 9 (there’s a countdown in-game) — and Bungie’s habit of revealing a season before it’s actually out — there’s a short window of time when this livestream could take place. Toward the middle of the blog, production director Justin Truman mentions that Bungie will share what its been working on with players in 12 days ... June 9.

This suggests the reveal event could be the day the season launches, or Truman could just be referring to players getting their hands on the new season. Either way, this early-June timeline fits with Bungie’s usual announce time for Destiny 2’s fall expansion — like Forsaken’s reveal on June 5, 2018, and Shadowkeep’s on June 6, 2019.

Players currently have no idea what Bungie has in store. The studio does hint that the Darkness — an enemy players have waited seven years to face — is in our solar system, via some ominous blinking lights on Season of the Worthy’s Seraph Bunker walls. Based on their proximity to several playable areas in Destiny, it seems players could finally encounter the foes in season 11 or the fall expansion.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bungie will reveal the game’s new content over the internet, rather than an in-studio livestream. It’s unclear if players will get the studio’s usual “ViDoc” video documentaries, showcasing developers and gameplay, as the pandemic has forced developers to work from home.

We’ll update this post when Bungie narrows the window for its fall reveal, and announces a date and time.

Update (May 29): On Friday morning, the Destiny Twitter account dropped a mysterious sound wave. The one-minute-and-14-second clip has some ambient noise, and shows a waveform in the shape of a triangle — very similar to the Pyramid ships seen during the Shadowkeep campaign and the ending of the Destiny 2.

While Destiny fans aren’t exactly sure what this means, it seems to be further proof that players will finally face The Darkness this fall in the next season of Destiny 2.

Update (June 1): On Monday, June 1, the official Destiny account on Instagram posted and deleted a new trailer (noticed by a fan and tweeted to a group of journalists and content creators), which you can watch below. This is presumably teasing the reveal of Destiny 2’s unannounced fall expansion.

The trailer shows Eris Morn, a Guardian specializing in the Darkness, wandering an ice planet alone. Astute players will notice what looks to be Jupiter in the background, which suggests this new icy location could be Jupiter’s moon, Europa — a long-rumored Destiny location.

The post says “the next chapter of Destiny 2 is almost here” and teases an unveiling event for 6 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. PT on June 9, just before Destiny 2’s 11th season goes live. It’s unclear if players will learn about season 11 on June 9, or if Bungie has another post planned before the fall reveal.

Update (June 2): On Tuesday June 2, the last weekly reset before Season 11, Bungie launched a new cutscene in-game.

This cutscene — data mined a few weeks ago — briefly shows one of the Darkness’ Pyramid ships orbiting over Jupiter. Yesterday, Bungie teased Europa via its Instagram, a moon of Jupiter, as the new location for the fall expansion. But it seems the Darkness ships have already arrived.

Players will likely need to wait until next week to learn more, when the studio reveals the fall expansion on June 9.

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