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If you’re contemplating jumping into Destiny 2, now is a great time to do so. Bungie has announced everything that comes free in New Light–a free-to-play version of the game. There’s a lot there; it’s pretty much everything minus the post-Year 1 raids, Exotic quests, and Forsaken campaign.
In a tweet, Bungie reveals New Light will put you at a starting Power level of 750 and open up all free roam destinations right from the get-go. In terms of weapons and armor, you’ll have all exotics from Year 1. New Light also includes The Red War, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind campaigns, as well as the Black Armory Forges, Gambit Prime, and The Menagerie. All the Nightfall Strikes from Year 1 are packaged into New Light too. You can also get all the ranks and rewards tied to seasonal events.
On Twitter, Bungie has clarified several of the possible discrepancies that New Light seemingly creates. Specifically, even though it’s not listed, New Light does actually come with The Reckoning as well, allowing you to farm for the Gambit Prime armor. Also, though completing activities like the Black Armory Forges and The Menagerie will still net you their respective rewards, the Exotics tied to them are not available for New Light players.
💠 The Reckoning is included.
💠 Thunderlord, Arbalest, Outbreak Perfected, and Bad Juju are the Y2 Exotics available with New Light.
💠 Rewards from activities above are included with New Light EXCEPT associated Exotics.
💠 Forsaken subclasses are not available in New Light.
— Destiny 2 (@DestinyTheGame) September 26, 2019
All players, whether veteran or newcomer, should do a few things before Destiny 2: Year 2 comes to an end. You don’t want to go into Year 3 with excessive baggage nor do you want to end your time in Year 2 without acquiring certain items. There are a few quests you should finish mopping up, for instance, and stockpiling on Bright Dust is a pretty good idea. When Year 3 begins, it will introduce the standalone Shadowkeep expansion as well as a reworked version of the moon location from the first Destiny. Expect tougher Nightfalls, but much better rewards. Be sure you’re ready.
Destiny 2 is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.