While the pandemic has definitely shifted a variety of launch dates and prompted delays, the silver lining is that 2022’s video games lineup is already trying robust. As of Gamescom’s Opening Night Live, titles like Horizon Forbidden West and Saints Row have been confirmed for early 2022 launch dates, alongside a number of different already-confirmed video games coming all through February and March. One of which is the following yearly growth for Destiny 2, The Witch Queen, set to launch on February 22, 2022. While many gamers will undoubtedly be hopping into the sport as quickly as The Witch Queen growth launches, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will not be getting in with out paying.
Unlike the Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light expansions that got here alongside Destiny 2‘s inclusion on Xbox Game Pass, The Witch Queen growth can solely be bought individually for Game Pass subscribers. Of course, this does not significantly influence the veterans of Destiny 2, who’ve seemingly already bought the sport on one other platform and have been taking part in since 2017. Granted it is smart: Destiny 2 has been on Xbox Game Pass for a whole yr, giving new gamers the possibility to expertise Destiny 2 with a decrease barrier of entry. However, Bungie’s choice to exclude the brand new growth from Game Pass forcces an unlucky however justified choice.
All of Destiny 2’s Content Is On Xbox Game Pass, For Now
MMOs and in any other case stay service video games have discovered a distinct segment residence on Xbox Game Pass. While it is debatable whether or not or not Destiny 2 is a true-to-form MMO, Bungie’s looter shooter was accompanied by titles like The Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert Online, Fallout 76, and tangentially Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. Xbox Game Pass subscribers have had the chance to attempt all of those video games for a time for much longer than the common trial interval for comparable MMO video games akin to Final Fantasy 14. Plus, gamers can usually type a extra thorough opinion on how a lot they take pleasure in video games like these once they have a month or extra to expertise them.
Same goes for Destiny 2, particularly contemplating what’s supplied with Xbox Game Pass, in addition to the already free-to-play starter content material within the sport. Players are capable of full all of Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light’s questlines, which is all the story of Destiny 2 up thus far (not counting unplayable seasonal content material). Unfortunately, from The Witch Queen onward, all Destiny 2 gamers on Xbox Game Pass shall be shelling out $40 for the following yearly growth. There is the potential that The Witch Queen content material could also be accessible to Game Pass subscribers down the street, nevertheless it appears not possible that can occur any time quickly.
Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen Expansion Will Only Be Sold Separetely
On the one hand, this alteration is a logical alternative on the a part of Bungie. Previously the writer had supplied everything of Destiny 2‘s content material to Xbox Game Pass subscribers, even after the bottom sport had already gone free-to-play. Xbox gamers had the possibility to expertise every little thing that Destiny 2 needed to provide, and till February 22, nonetheless have the possibility to catch up earlier than the brand new yearly growth. However, with The Witch Queen solely accessible at full worth to Xbox Game Pass subscribers, those that’ve loved their time with the sport shall be becoming a member of each different platform in paying full worth for Destiny 2‘s subsequent yr of content material.
Xbox Game Pass was an enormous deal for each veterans and new Destiny 2 gamers, particularly since Destiny 2‘s content material roadmap features on a seasonal construction now. Xbox gamers specifically could be extra more likely to decide into buying season passes to achieve further rewards in the event that they did not must buy the yearly growth individually. Of course, The Witch Queen not being included within the Xbox Game Pass model of Destiny 2 just isn’t going to discourage any veteran gamers from buying the growth anyway. However, new gamers could also be extra hesitant to leap in and follow the sport, particularly if Bungie shall be selling the most recent yr of content material at launch alongside present battle go monetization.
Destiny 2‘s barrier of entry continues to be fairly low on Xbox Game Pass, contemplating the entire earlier expansions (that weren’t affected by content material sunsetting) are nonetheless accessible with a Game Pass subscription. Yet for individuals who anticipated the addition of Bungie’s looter shooter on Game Pass to be a extra everlasting association, Destiny 2‘s subsequent yr of content material shall be a unified price in growth for all followers. Specifically for individuals who jumped into Destiny 2 as a result of it was “free” on Xbox Game Pass, that is an unlucky change of tempo that would change their minds on maintaining with the looter shooter’s repeatedly evolving narrative.
Fans who love the sport will nonetheless follow Destiny 2. Even if the lack of gamers could also be comparatively negligible, it is nonetheless an unlucky ultimatum for individuals who had beforehand given the sport a shot and received hooked by Xbox Game Pass.
Destiny 2 is on the market now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.