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The first expansion for year two of Destiny 2 content is set to release this fall, but players will need to buy more than just the new DLC if they want to play it. Bungie released a new teaser for the upcoming Forsaken expansion, which will see an official unveil later today at 9am Pacific, and a message at the end revealed that players will need the first-person shooter's first two expansions if they wish to play the latest content.
Destiny 2 has featured two expansions since it launched in September of 2017. Both the Curse of Osiris and Warmind received a middling response from the player base, so a lot is riding on the third expansion. Activision has been talking up the expansion, and President Cody Johnson said that it features a new mode "that introduces a whole new style of play for first-person shooter gaming generally and certainly for the shared-world shooter space that Destiny created."
The disclaimer at the end of the teaser read, "Destiny 2 game, Destiny 2 expansions I & II required. Sold separately." That means that players will need the game's prior two expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind, if they want to access the new quests in Forsaken. This follows the precedent that Activision and Bungie had previously set, as the original game's expansions also required the previous DLC content to be purchased by the player.
In the past, Activision took these expansion launches - and the fact that they required past DLC - as an opportunity to release new boxed editions of the game that included all of the released content in a new $60 bundle. It's not yet known if the publisher will do the same for Destiny 2: Forsaken, but it seems more than likely. Not only is it an efficient way to get players up to date with the DLC content, but it also gets the game back in stores and on a prominent display.
While this announcement is perhaps disappointing for some, it's maintaining the status quo for Destiny 2. Considering how the Forsaken DLC will build off events in the past expansions, it also makes sense to require the player to have them. Destiny has always been a shooter that builds upon its existing content, so it's a necessary evil unless Activision is willing to give away the past expansions for free.