|Platforms||Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, PC|
|Released||September 4, 2018|
In a high-stakes prison escape, Uldren and his eight Barons took out legendary Hunter, Cayde-6, and unleashed chaos across the Reef. Take justice into your own hands as you venture into a new frontier filled with enemies, allies, untold mysteries, and treasures waiting to be uncovered.
Cayde-6, the Vanguard Scout, is removed from the game, and his wares are gone with him. Ikora Rey does not offer Meditations anymore, instead the player can replay story missions by selecting "Daily Heroic Story Missions" from the Vanguard Director.
Heroic adventures are now available on all destinations, but only when the destination is a Flashpoint. Destination Tokens and Rare destination materials cannot be obtained anymore. Anything that granted Destination Tokens now offers ordinary destination materials. Xûr's icon no longer appears on the map to show his location, and his location is not necessarily a Flashpoint anymore. Most of the Milestones are converted into Challenges.
Each character subclass receives a new subclass tree with different Supers. New "Triumphs" menu, which contain triumphs and triumph seals. By doing certain actions, the player gets rewarded with triumphs which appear on this menu. Certain triumphs are grouped into seals which give the players titles when completed. These titles appear under the player name and are seen by other players. New "Collections" menu, which allows the player to see which gear they have collected, and short directions on how to get the uncollected items. Certain collected items can be reclaimed from the Collections by spending Glimmer, Legendary Shards and Gunsmith Materials.
Weapon system is reworked: most weapons drop with random stats and perks from the ones that can be applied to that weapon. Randomised gear cannot be reclaimed from Collections. Mods are learned when the player gets them, and can be installed into any appropriate weapon without being consumed.
Raid revive mechanics are changed: each player has a single revive token they can consume to resurrect a teammate, but if a player was not revived in 2:30 minutes, the entire team wipes.
Forsaken adds a new Story Campaign as well as two patrol zones: the Tangled Shore and the Dreaming City. A new enemy type appears on these destinations: the Scorn. A new type of activity can be accessed from the Dreaming City: The Shattered Throne dungeon. Dungeons are similar to Raids, but can be completed solo or with a fireteam of three, and the mechanics are less challenging. The Blind Well is a new horde mode, similar to the Escalation Protocol. A new raid, the Last Wish, is also included in this expansion, as well as the new mode which blends PvE and PvP gameplay, the Gambit.
New vendors: the Drifter, who offers quests and Gambit bounties; the Spider, who offers Tangled Shore and WANTED bounties, and exchanges destination materials with players for Glimmer and Legendary Shards; and Petra Venj, who offers Dreaming City quests and bounties and sells Raid Banners.
New weapon type: Combat Bow. Bows are used at long ranges, do not need to be reloaded, but have draw times instead.
The release of Forsaken began the Year 2 of Destiny 2. There are four seasons in this year, with the first one consisting of the base Forsaken content. The latter three were part of the Forsaken Annual Pass, but most of their content was made available to anyone who bought the expansion.
- Season of the Outlaw — base Forsaken content;
- Season of the Forge — also known as "Black Armory";
- Season of the Drifter — also known as "Joker's Wild";
- Season of Opulence — also known as "Penumbra".
Destiny Content Vault
Before the release of Beyond Light, and the start of Year 4 of Destiny 2, Bungie announced the Destiny Content Vault, a content model that would allow in-game content to be cycled out to make space for future content. Upon the release of Beyond Light on November 10, 2020, the Forsaken Annual Pass content was moved into the Destiny Content Vault. This included the seasonal narratives for Season of the Forge, Season of the Drifter, and Season of Opulence, the Scourge of the Past and Crown of Sorrow raids, and most of the Exotic Quests associated with Forsaken. The rewards from the Vaulted raids and Exotic quests were moved to the newly created Monument to Lost Lights kiosk in the Tower, where they are available for purchase.
In preparation for Year 5 of Destiny 2, and the release of The Witch Queen, Bungie announced that they would be moving the Forsaken campaign, as well as the Tangled Shore destination and the majority of its associated content, into the Destiny Content Vault. The Forsaken expansion DLC was replaced by the Forsaken Pack, which gives owners access to the remaining paid Forsaken content, as well as three Forsaken Ciphers that can be redeemed at the Monument to Lost Lights kiosk in the Tower for non-raid Forsaken Exotic weapons. Following the release of the Forsaken Pack on December 7, 2021, the Forsaken campaign was made free for all players until its removal on February 22, 2022.
- @DestinyTheGame. "Ada-1, The Drifter, and Werner 99-40 are waiting for you. The Forsaken Annual Pass is now FREE for all Forsaken owners." Twitter, 18 Sep. 2019, https://twitter.com/DestinyTheGame/status/1174396528330342400.
- "Destiny Content Vault: Year 4" Bungie, https://help.bungie.net/hc/en-us/articles/360049202971. Accessed 18 Mar. 2022.
- "Destiny Content Vault Update" Bungie, posted by Destiny Dev Team, 7 Oct. 2021, https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/50752. Accessed 18 Mar. 2022.