Earlier this year, Bungie indicated plans to vault the content for Destiny 2’s Forsaken “at some point.” This has now been confirmed for The Witch Queen’s launch with the expansion’s campaign and the Tangled Shore destination going into the Destiny Content Vault along with Year 4 seasonal content. The latter also includes the Presage and Harbinger Exotic missions.
The Proving Grounds Strike and Battlegrounds will be combined with existing Strikes and added to a new playlist called Vanguard Operations which will be free for all players. Currency exchange functions will be shifted over to Rahool in the Tower while the Warden of Nothing Strike also remains available. From December 7th onwards, the Forsaken campaign will be free for everyone to play until it’s eventually vaulted.
But that doesn’t mean Bungie isn’t going to monetize other content from the expansion while it’s still available. The Forsaken Pack can be purchased which provides access to The Last Wish raid and Shattered Throne dungeon along with all of the expansion’s Exotics. It also has three Forsaken Ciphers to immediately unlock any Exotics from the expansion that aren’t earned from raids and dungeons. If you’ve already bought Forsaken, then you’ll get the Forsaken Ciphers for free. Those who own all of the expansion’s Exotics will receive Ascendant Shards instead.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen launches on February 22nd 2022 for PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Google Stadia.