Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date, trailer, and story

The Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date won't come around for another year, but when it does, players can look forward to a long-lost character's return.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Trailer contains a bonkers reveal: Ikora talks to a mystery person in the trailer.

When is the Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date? It might still be a fair wait, but Bungie has now revealed a trailer as part of a PlayStation showcase – and boy, is it a banger. Note that you absolutely, definitely, 100% should not read much further down the page until you watch the one-minute trailer, as we’ll get into massive spoilers.

With the release still many months away, Destiny 2 players have plenty of time to seek out any missing Lightfall Exotics and explore everything the most recent expansion and seasonal content have to offer while you seek to assemble the best Destiny 2 build around.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date

The Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date is expected to land in February 2024 for PC, PS5 and PS4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. This is based on earlier release timings for major Destiny 2 expansions, including Lightfall and The Witch Queen.

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Destiny 2 The Final Shape trailer

The Destiny 2 The Final Shape trailer shows Ikora talking to someone, attempting to catch them up on past events such as taking down Savathun, also known as the Witch Queen, and Nezarec, the Final God of Pain and boss of the Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares raid.

The teaser then shows the person she’s talking to, who happens to be one of the most beloved characters in Destiny’s history: Cayde.

Cayde-6 died at the hand of Uldren Sov while Uldren was possed by Riven, a powerful Ahamkara that was Taken by Oryx, the Taken King and brother to Oryx. This marked a heartbreaking moment in the history of the Destiny 2 series. In a surprise twist, the Light revived Uldren Sov. He assumed the name Crow and held no memories of his past actions, choosing to become a Guardian.

Lore enthusiasts know that the number after an exo’s name carries significance, as it designates the number of times the exo has had their system rebooted. This would indicate that even though Cayde has been long gone, the Vanguard has somehow been able to revive him as Cayde-7.

This is a massive reveal, as major players in the Destiny 2 series seem to be dropping quickly. Rasputin sacrificed himself to prevent Eramis from being able to use the Warsats to destroy the Traveler, and the game also recently lost Amanda Holliday, the pilot. It appears Sloane is fighting becoming Taken in Destiny 2 Season of the Deep, though it’s too early in the season to know her ultimate fate.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Trailer contains a bonkers reveal: A pink pyramid structure in the background of a serene setting.

And, for anyone wondering, that is indeed Cayde’s trusty Ace of Spades that you see him adjust in the trailer, as denoted by the spade on the side of the weapon. Notably, unlike Ikora, he does not appear to have a ghost shell.

The trailer also seems to indicate that a pyramid will represent the Final Shape, as the game shows a glowing pink structure in the background of a serene setting.

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Destiny 2 The Final Shape story

Thanks to a surprise cutscene in the middle of Season of the Deep, we now know exactly what the Witness is, what the Traveler is, and what the Veil is – three questions we never had anything but suspicions about beforehand. Due to finding out the origins of the Witness and the purpose of the Veil, we can speculate further on the events of The Final Shape.

It seems to confirm that, by linking the Veil and the Traveler, The Witness has created a portal to a perfect environment – the inside of the Traveler, which combines the Light with purpose, the Darkness. It is within here that we could encounter Cayde in a semi-limbo state, being provided constant life by the Traveler yet unable to step foot back into the “real” world as the Traveler cannot sustain him here.

Destiny 2’s The Final Shape has been confirmed to be the final part of the Light and Darkness saga: a narrative that Bungie initially outlined in the original Destiny, with the expansion marking the culmination of a decade-long tale in the multiplayer game. While you’re here, why not check our Xur location guide to make the most of what he’s selling before potentially the entire universe changes?