How Will Destiny 2 on Xbox Game Pass Work?

How much of Destiny 2 do you get without having to pay more?

Destiny 2 has gone through so many transformations since it originally launched, it’s hard to keep track of everything. But at least for Xbox Game Pass members, it’s going to get a little easier. And if you’re still on the fence about trying it, it’s going to be easier than ever. You just have to be a little patient for now, as Destiny 2 doesn’t hit Xbox Game Pass until September 2020.

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One of the things that can make Destiny 2 look more intimidating than it actually is on the outside is all the add-on content. Since its launch, Destiny 2 has seen several expansions, and introduced seasonal content as well. To maintain the file size, Bungie is even going to start cycling some stuff out. So that leads us to the question of the day: What do you actually get when you download Destiny 2 via Xbox Game Pass?

Destiny 2 Xbox Game Pass Guide

At a high level, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to the “standard edition” of Destiny 2, which includes the expansions. That means starting in September 2020, you’ll have access to Forsaken and Shadowkeep, the latter being the current expansion. This will also include the next expansion, Beyond Light, when it launches on November 10. Again, this is the standard edition, so no additional content will be included. So for things like seasonal content or the Beyond Light pre-order bonuses, you’ll still need to make the separate purchases.

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Similarly, if you’ve already purchased Destiny 2, or locked in a pre-order for Beyond Light, those are considered separate purchases. You won’t be able to ask for a refund if you’ve already paid for the content digitally. That said, buying Destiny 2 outside of Game Pass does mean that if your subscription expires, or the deal between Microsoft and Bungie fizzles down the line, you’ll still have access to anything you paid for.

Additionally, if you’re planning on picking up a Xbox Series X console, bungie has some plans for you. Bungie has confirmed an optimized version of Destiny 2 will launch for the Xbox Series X, pushing the game up to a 4K/60 performance. This update will be free for those who have access to the game already, via Smart Delivery. Destiny 2 will also be part of Microsoft’s xCloud service, so if you have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll be able to give that a whirl. 

Planning to check out Destiny 2 for the first time once it hits Xbox Game Pass? Or are you a lapsed player waiting for a good excuse to catch up? Let us know if you’re looking forward to this or not over at Facebook or Twitter!

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