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Destiny 2’s Lightfall reveal stream is happening a season earlier than expected

The next Destiny showcase will take place Aug. 23

Ikora stands in the Tower in Destiny 2, staring up at the Traveler
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Destiny 2: Lightfall, the penultimate expansion in the Light and Darkness saga of Destiny, will be revealed on Aug. 23, Bungie announced Thursday. For many fans, this reveal date will come as a surprise, as it’s coming a full season earlier than it has the past two years.

In 2020, Bungie revealed the Beyond Light expansion on the same day it launched Season of Arrivals — the season that led directly into Beyond Light a few months later. Similarly, the studio revealed The Witch Queen in summer of 2022 alongside Season of the Lost. And while Season of the Lost did last an unprecedented six months, it was the only season between the reveal event and the new expansion.

This year’s showcase will likely reveal Destiny 2’s 18th season (Bungie typically doesn’t reveal its seasons in advance anymore, and season 18 will also launch on Aug. 23) in addition to Lightfall. This is unique, as we know there will be a season 19 coming later this year (likely toward the end of November, based on past season lengths) and that Lightfall won’t launch until season 20.

This timing mostly matters for narrative reasons. The marketing for the next big Destiny expansion typically spoils the penultimate season to some extent. In Season of the Lost, for example, there was no mystery around if Savathun would escape her cocoon and ascend to Witch Queen status. Instead, Season of the Lost was all about how Savathun would break her bonds. With Bungie starting the Lightfall marketing cycle a full season early (even though the real-world timeline is the same), it means that we’ll have two seasons worth of clear buildup to the new expansion.

This is all especially interesting when you consider what’s likely coming in Destiny 2’s 2023 expansion. Based on the tease at the end of The Witch Queen, it seems like Destiny’s big bad — The Witness — will personally invade our solar system in Lightfall. And if the name is any kind of indication, things won’t go very well for our heroes.

In terms of features, players should expect a new destination to adventure on in Lightfall, and it’s very likely (based on the game director’s hints last year) that there will be a new Darkness subclass element to go with Stasis. As usual, new Exotics, Strikes, and a raid will also come with the expansion. Outside of those expected additions, however, Lightfall is a complete mystery, and curious Guardians will need to tune into the event themselves on Aug. 23.

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