Destiny is and always has been a game with annual expansions since its release in 2014, with smaller expansions (House of Wolves, Warmind, etc.) being released in between. However, with the launch of Destiny 2’s first major expansion – Forsaken – Bungie changed the model from two smaller expansions to seasons, releasing a total of four seasons per year. And now it looks like the developer is experimenting with a premium subscription service for the game as some references can be found in the game files.
It appears that Bungie was testing a monthly subscription model (similar to games like Final Fantasy XIV) for Destiny 2’s upcoming Lightfall expansion and Season 20, which was later scrapped(?) for some reason uncovered in the game files . Elliott over at the D2 Datamines Discord server shared some filestrings with TGP containing four types of subscriptions to the game.
As we can see, this clearly indicates that a subscription service for Lightfall and Season 20 was planned at some point. The file description states that the subscription model would include “Lightfall, two new dungeons and raids, 1 month of premium content in Destiny 2 Year 6, a new Exotic Sparrow, Quicksilver Storm catalyst and ornament, and Rahool’s Secret Stash: four exotic accessories and Premium Material Packs delivered during Year 6.
“Enhance your journey as a new light with a premium subscription to Destiny 2. Try Destiny 2’s first missions and objectives: Lightfall, The Witch Queen, Beyond Light, and Shadowkeep for free.”
“Prevent the apocalypse by chasing Emperor Calus to the edge of the solar system. Brave a new campaign and master Strand, a new subclass. Pre-order now to instantly unlock the Quicksilver Storm exotic weapon and exclusive bonuses.”
We don’t know when this was added in the game files, but considering it’s for Lightfall and Season 20, the best guess is the Season of Plunder launch after the Lightfall Showcase event.
Well, even with some direct references to a Destiny 2 subscription service in the game files, we don’t know if this will come to fruition from The Final Shape or if Bungie plans to add this to Destiny’s next saga. In short, take it with a grain of salt.
As of now, Bungie hasn’t announced a Destiny 2 Premium subscription model for Lightfall or Year 6 in general. The community has been calling for a seasonal overhaul of Destiny 2 for months due to repetitive level grinding, power creep, and vendor upgrades.
The Season of the Seraph of Destiny 2 is in full swing right now, with their third Exotic Revision Zero now available as part of the new Exotic Mission that went live earlier this week.