Destiny 2 – the popular free-to-play online-only multiplayer first-person shooter – is now in its fifth year and soon Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will receive its sixth expansion this week. The Witch Queen Expansion Pack brings a new location to the Throne World of Savathun with new maps, weapons, missions and more. In addition to a single-player campaign, the standard Destiny 2 game has co-op modes – Strike and Raids – as well as Crucible which allows player vs. player (PvP) combat. Destiny 2 maker Bungie itself will be available to play in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X.
Here’s what you need to know about Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Expansion Pack.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Release Date
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Expansion Pack will be released on Tuesday, February 22nd. The game is expected to unlock at 11:30 pm IST (10am PT). Since this is a contemporary global release, Indian gamers will be able to play expansion packs for Destiny 2 at the same time as their global partners.
The expansion pack was supposed to be released in 2021, but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen on Steam?
The latest expansion pack for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is available for pre-order on Steam.
Destiny 2: Witch Queen next to Xbox game?
Yes and no. Destiny 2 and its current expansion packs – Forsaken, Shadowkeep, and Beyond Light – Xbox Game Pass are back in December. However, the game and its expansion packs are available for PC Game Pass customers – it’s Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Edition
Bungie is offering its next major Destiny 2 expansion in three editions – a Base Edition, The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition, and The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition + 30th Anniversary Pack. The game marks the 30th anniversary of Bungie’s incorporation in 1991.
In the standard expansion pack, players will find a new location – Savathûn’s Throne World – with weapon creation, new Gleeve weapon archetype, new raid mode, new external gear and a new six-player activity.
Customers of the Deluxe Edition will get all of them – also a foreign SMG weapon, catalyst and ornaments. A catalyst is a special weapon modifier for external weapons that develops and upgrades a weapon. On the other hand, an ornament is used to change the appearance of a weapon. In addition, Deluxe Edition players gain access to Destiny 2 Season 16, 17, 18, and 19, two dungeons released in the current year 5, and a ground-based vehicle in Throne World Exotic Sparrow – Destiny 2.
Buyers of the 30th Anniversary Edition will receive a new dungeon, gazellehorn exotic rocket launcher, catalyst and ornaments, new weapons inspired by the past bungee world, descending eco armor set, bungee streetwear ornament set, marathon-themed ornament set. Including ornaments, exotic sparrows, exotic ships, symbols, shaders, emoticons and much more.
Lastly, all players who pre-order Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will have access to the Throne World Exotic Ghost Shell, Enigma Exotic Emot, and a legendary symbol. Ghost Shells is a cosmetic upgrade for ghosts – small floating machines are used to identify and resurrect dead players.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Price
At the Xbox Store, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is priced at Rs. 2,199 for the standard version, Rs. 4,399 for the deluxe version, and Rs. 5,499 for the 30th anniversary edition. This price is for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S / X.
Thanks to Valve’s regional price support, PC gamers can get better rates on Steam.
Steam List Destiny 2: The Witch Queen for Rs. 899, Rs 1,799, and Rs. 2,499 for Standard, Deluxe and 30th Anniversary Editions, respectively.
At the PlayStation Store, the new Destiny 2 Expansion Pack starts at Rs. 2,599 for the standard version. Deluxe and 30th Anniversary Edition priced at Rs. 5,199 and Rs. 6,499, respectively. This price applies to PS4 and PS5 owners.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen PC System Requirements
Here are the minimum and recommended specification requirements for Destiny 2: Witch Queen for PC players, via Steam.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Minimum PC Requirements
- Processor: AMD FX-4350 or Intel Core i3-3250
- GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
- RAM: 6GB
- VRAM: 2GB
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen PC Required Requirements
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-1600X or Intel Core i5-2400 or Core i5-7400
- GPU: AMD Radeon R9 390 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or GeForce GTX 1060
- RAM: 8GB
- VRAM: 8GB (AMD) or 4GB (Geforce GTX 970) or 6GB (GeForce GTX 1060)
Destiny 2: Witch Queen supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. There is no official word on Windows 11 support, although I imagine it would work on general infrastructure. Destiny 2: Players will need a minimum of 105GB of free space to install The Witch Queen.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Preload, Download Size
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen’s download size bungee has not been released yet. We will update this article if we know more.
To prepare for the new expansion, Destiny 2 will go offline on February 21 at 6:45 pm PT – that is 22 February IST at 8:15 am.
Pre-load will be available 15 minutes later, starting from 22nd February at 8:30 am IST / 21st February at 7pm PT. Destiny 2 will return on February 22 at 10:30 pm IST / 9am PT
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Gameplay
According to the gameplay trailer released last August, The Witch Queen Expansion Pack really seems to be built on the existing gameplay of Destiny 2, which is not surprising. It has new maps, new weapons, the ability to create new weapons and completely new locations. Expect the Expansion Pack to feel like a game despite having some new elements.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Review
When we reviewed Destiny 2 in 2017, we gave it a 10 rating. In our review, we mentioned that the game has amazing music, fantastic songplay and flashy visuals. However, pay-to-win small transactions were annoying.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is expected to be available in the release week. At the time of writing, no impressions were found – so if the new expansion pack is released on February 22, it remains to be seen how it will fare with reviewers and players.