In Bungie’s weekly weblog submit for Thursday, Sept. 12, the studio revealed the upcoming calendar for Future 2: Shadowkeep. The schedule begins on Oct. 1 — the discharge date for Shadowkeep — with the ultimate providing slated for the center of November, earlier than the vacation season.
Bungie additionally revealed some upcoming weapon adjustments for Shadowkeep, and formally listed out what free gamers will achieve entry to in early October.
On Oct. 1, Bungie will launch Shadowkeep and the free model of Future 2: New Mild. With New Mild’s launch, all Future gamers can entry:
- The Moon
- The Seasonal Artifact
- Ending Strikes
- The Armor 2.zero system
- Two new Strikes
- Crucible updates
- Two reprised Crucible maps from the unique Future
- A new PvP map
- The Elimination mode in Crucible Labs
- Free Seasonal Rank rewards
- And extra
On Oct. 5, the Saturday after Shadowkeep, Bungie will launch the Backyard of Salvation raid, and the seasonal Vex Offensive occasion. Gamers don’t know a lot about about both of those actions, though narratively talking it appears the Vex from the Black Backyard have come to invade the moon. It’s possible gamers will start to know why that’s via the Shadowkeep marketing campaign.
It’s value noting that the raid is solely for Shadowkeep gamers, whereas the Vex Offensive requires the Season of the Timeless Move (included with Shadowkeep, but additionally purchasable by itself).
On the next Tuesday, Oct. 8, Shadowkeep gamers can activate the Hero or Legend difficulties for the mysterious Nightmare Hunts mode. On Oct. 15, every week later, Bungie will launch the Grasp issue for Nightmare Hunts. The primary Iron Banner of Season Eight can even begin Tuesday, Oct. 15, free for all Future 2 gamers.
On Oct. 22, Bungie will reveal a brand new Unique quest for gamers to trace down. The weapon is Leviathan’s Breath, the sequence first ever Heavy bow. This quest is a part of Season of the Timeless, not Shadowkeep.
Oct. 29 is the most important date post-launch, with 4 totally different actions launching concurrently. Shadowkeep’s new dungeon hits that Tuesday, alongside a brand new Unique quest for an Arc hint rifle, Divinity. Gamers who don’t personal Shadowkeep or Season of the Timeless can try the Pageant of the Misplaced Halloween occasion and the brand new Momentum Management PvP mode.
Lastly, on Nov. 5, gamers can sort out the primary raid problem for the Backyard of Salvation. Later within the month, Bungie will launch the ultimate Vex Offensive on Nov. 19. The ultimate offensive is the final occasion listed on the calendar, though Bungie might reveal extra at a later date.
Bungie listed the Shadowkeep calendar as October to December, regardless of there being no December dates. It’s unclear if Shadowkeep’s delay pushed the discharge for Season 9 into 2020, or if gamers ought to count on it in December like Future 2: Black Armory final yr.
By way of weapon adjustments, Bungie provided a preview of the upcoming patch notes.
The largest change is definitely to enemy combatant well being. Minor enemies at present take double the precision hit harm as different enemy sorts. With Shadowkeep, Bungie will take away this bonus, making it tougher to one-shot enemies with a single headshot.
To compensate, Bungie is rising the bottom harm of a number of weapon sorts:
- Auto rifles
- Hand cannons
- Machine weapons
- Pulse rifles
- Scout rifles
- Sniper rifles
- Submachine weapons
These adjustments ought to affect weapons with excessive precision harm greater than others, like bows and scout rifles. It’s unclear if these sorts of weapons can nonetheless one-shot-kill a Minor enemy, however the diminished precision harm for different weapons ought to enhance their viability.
Bungie can even alter just a few Exotics on Oct. 1, together with:
- Candy Enterprise (harm, journal capability, perk enhancements)
- Graviton Lance (harm)
- Sunshot (journal capability)
- Vigilance Wing (harm)
- Crimson (harm, bug repair)
- Cruel (bug repair)
- Ace of Spades (nerfed perk)
- Lumina (high quality of life)
- The Colony (perk enchancment)
Bungie will launch Future 2: Shadowkeep and Future 2: New Mild for PlayStation 4, Home windows PC, and Xbox One on Oct. 1. The studio will launch the Google Stadia variations someday later this yr.