The gaming world of Bungie’s Destiny 2 has seasons, but they don’t always align to the real-life seasons like Fortnite: Battle Royale. Instead, they’re mainly used to keep track of major DLC and content updates — in the first year of Destiny 2, the release of expansions Curse of Osiris and Warmind each marked the beginning of a new Season of gameplay.
In September, the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken marked the beginning of Season 4, ushering in a new era with an increased level and light level cap, along with all new weapons and armor.
The main premise behind seasons is that progress for in-game clans resets. Over time, these player groups accrue experience for their clan and unlock progressive perks, but season turnover is also when Bungie introduces major content updates in terms of DLCs, weapon balancing, and new gear.
So here’s everything players need to know about the end of the current season and beyond.
When does Destiny 2 season 4 end?
The release of Destiny 2: Forsaken launched the beginning of Season 4, or Year 2’s Season 1, better known as Season of the Outlaw. That began on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. To estimate when that might end, we need only look to Year 1. The first season began September 6, 2017 shortly after Destiny 2’s initial release and then ended on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, almost exactly three months later.
Based on that projection, we can safely assume that Season of the Outlaw will end on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and mark the launch of a major new content update.
What is the start date and theme of Destiny 2 Season 5?
Season 4 should transition almost seamlessly into Season 5 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, probably at the typical reset time of 1 p.m. Eastern. That date is subject to change, but Bungie has confirmed that it’ll happen sometime in December.
Bungie’s already laid out a fairly extensive roadmap for late-2018 and early-2019. Season 5 is called “Season of the Forge” and it’s slated to reintroduce Heavy Machine Guns, more Iron Banner, and gear from “The Black Armory,” where history’s greatest weapons from the Golden Age are stored. Players will also have access to some of history’s greatest weaponsmiths in the Destiny universe. Could that mean custom-made weapons might become a thing? Maybe! Season of the Forge also includes a new Raid.
What is the start date and theme of Destiny 2 Season 6?
Part of Bungie’s Destiny 2 roadmap includes Season of the Drifter in Spring 2019 that’ll feature new gear, but most noticeably, it looks like there’ll be an entirely “new activity experience” called “Joker’s Wild” as “Gambit evolves.” Per every other season, there’ll be lots of new weapons and armor as well.
Because most of these seasons will run about three months, we reckon Season of the Drifter will start on Tuesday, March 5, 12, or even 19. (The actual first day of Spring in North America is Wednesday, March 20.)
What Is the start date and theme of Destiny 2 Season 7?
Bungie has coyly redacted the official season title and theme for Season 7, which runs in the summer of 2019. If we had to guess, we’d assume it’ll begin on Tuesday, June 4, 11, or 18 and run until early September.
Penumbra might be the name of the “New Activity Experience” teased for Season 7. Is it another horde mode game type like Blind Well? Or some new PvE and PvP hybrid like Gambit? Something in between? Season 7 will also offer yet another new Raid.
According to Bungie developers, Season 7 is largely inspired by the Whisper of the Worm secret quest that drove fans into a frenzy in Year 1 in that the only thing released is the name Penumbra, leaving fans to dive into the ensuing mystery box on their own.
Destiny 2 is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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