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Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals is a prologue to Beyond Light

The Darkness is here!

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On Tuesday, Bungie announced the future of Destiny 2, including the game’s new expansion, Beyond Light. But for the summer, players will occupy their time with the Season of Arrivals.

Here’s everything we learned about Destiny 2’s current season, Season of Arrivals.

Contact public event

To prepare for the war against the Darkness, players will group up and complete public events on Io, under the massive Pyramid ship looming overhead. The ship will spawn enemies, and players will need to work with groups of players to defeat them and tap into the mysterious power of the Pyramid.

[REDACTED] Engrams

Like Bungie detailed a few weeks ago, players will pick up new Engrams on the ground, which they can influence the contents of through a new tuning process. All players, regardless of if they own the Season Pass can use these Engrams, but Season Pass holders will be able to narrow down their loot much more efficiently.

The Darkness is here

After weeks of teasing players via the Rasputin Seraph Bunkers and some creepy cutscenes, the Darkness is here. Above certain planets, players will see the armada of Pyramid ships looming in the sky — like Io, Mars, Mercury, and Titan. The war doesn’t start until the fall, but the Darkness are in the Sol system, ready to start taking over planets.

New Season Pass

Each new Destiny season comes with a new season pass. In Season of Arrivals, players can earn the new, Witherhoard Exotic grenade launcher. Those who own the Season Pass can pick up their grenade launcher immediately, but non-Season Pass owners can still acquire the weapon by leveling up the free track of the Season Pass.

Season of Arrival roadmap

Season of Arrivals calendar
The Season of Arrivals roadmap
Image: Bungie

As usual, Bungie posted a schedule so players can plan out their time in Season of Arrivals. But like with Season of the Worthy, the roadmap is less detailed. Players will steadily unlock more seasonal activities over a few weeks, and then participate in the Solstice of Heroes summer holiday.

There are likely several Exotic quests and items like The Lie that do not appear on this calendar, but will appear sometime between now and Beyond Light’s launch in the fall.

Bungie will launch Destiny 2: Beyond Light for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on Sept. 22. Next-generation versions of Destiny 2 and Beyond Light will launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year.

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