All the way back last year, Bungie and EA introduced the Destiny Content Vault (DCV) for Destiny 2 as part of the studio’s commitment to the future of the game. What it essentially meant was that the DCV would be utilized to cycle select content into it and removing it from the game in order to make way for new content.
Bungie just announced that one of the most beloved campaigns, introduced post-launch, Forsaken, will be moved to the DCV along with Tangled Shore. This decision was made in order to make way for The Witch Queen expansion as well as the Season of [REDACTED], marking the launch of Year 5 of Destiny 2 on February 22, 2022. Which means, Forsaken and Tangled Shore will be available to all Destiny players till February 22, 2022.
Forsaken and Tangled Shore will be vaulted in February, 2022
This is especially worrying and disheartening news for players who might have only recently bough the Forsaken expansion – as the expansion can cost quite a bit by itself. Much like the Taken King for the original Destiny, Forsaken single-handedly corrected course for the game after a relatively shaky launch. Many of Destiny 2’s players came to the game because of the allure of Forsaken and the sheer, undeniable quality of the campaign.
Forsaken came out on 4 September 2018 and is widely regarded as perhaps the best aspect of Destiny 2 and the reason for the surge in popularity post-launch. Bungie explains the reason for Vaulting all of Forsaken’s content as well as Tangled Shore as follows:
“Vaulting this content will allow us the space to launch The Witch Queen expansion and its new Throne World destination, as well as new features like weapon crafting, the new Legendary difficulty campaign option, the new Glaive weapon archetype, plus all the additional content we have planned for the four new Seasons to come starting in February.”
The fact that this sort of removal of paid-content from the game has never happened before in an MMO is especially of discomfort to the fans. However, Bungie have stated some pretty solid reasons for the decision, as vaulting old content allows the team to focus on new content and activities and bring them to the players at an incredible place.
This does not mean that all of Year 4’s content will be vaulted in Year 5, as Bungie has assured certain content such as Proving Grounds strike and the Battlegrounds activities will stick around. Fans have not taken kindly to Bungie and EA’s decision to remove perhaps the game’s best campaign as many might have only recently paid full-price for the expansion and to learn it will be removed in a matter of months isn’t exactly easy to digest.
Forsaken will be free for all Destiny 2 players from December 7, 2021
Perhaps as a way to let Destiny 2 players experience Forsaken in all its glory, Bungie is offering up the expansion for free from December 7. Along with the campaign, players will also be able to acquire the Forsaken Pack for free, which includes access to the Last Wish raid and the Shattered Throne Dungeon.
The Forsaken Pack will also include three Forsaken Ciphers that can be used to instantly unlock your choice of Forsaken Exotics (not including raid and dungeon Exotics) via the Exotic kiosk in the Tower. In addition to this, players who already owned the Forsaken expansion will have free access to the Forsaken pack and will receive the 3 Forsaken Ciphers directly in their inventory.