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    Destiny 2 will finally be available on Steam exactly one wee from today. Those anxious to begin should be happy to know that you can already start pre-loading the game right now. The big move coincides with the game’s next major expansion, Shadowkeep, which launches on October 1.

    The game and new expansion will both be playable on the same day, and you can already get prepared. You can pre-load the game on your Steam client starting today. It’ll be wise of you not to wait too long. The Destiny 2 download (which includes everything, including Shadowkeep) is nearly 80 GB, so it will take time if you’re stuck on low bandwidth.

    Along with the pre-load announcement, Bungie has released the launch trailer for Shadowkeep. Indeed, the wait for the next big expansion is nearly here. The expansion takes you back to the moon, where hopefully you won’t be harassed by too many space wizards. In the expansion, you go spelunking into a Hive Keep on a quest to slay the Nightmares within. Hunter and Hive expert Eris Morn travels with you on your quest.

    It came from the moon

    Destiny 2: Shadowkeep also brings with it the Armor 2.0 system. The system is basically like the old system, reintroducing stats — intellect, discipline, and strength — from the original Destiny into its sequel. Ultimately, Armor 2.o provides you six different stats with varying values. However, while the system sounds intriguing, we have some concerns.

    Luckily, Bungie may have fixed some matchmaking woes with the changes coming to Shadowkeep. Before, players could often run into “smurf” accounts (experienced players on low-level accounts), or those using account recovery to borrow the account of a lower-ranking player, when matchmaking in the Crucible. With Shadowkeep, however, Bungie is implementing a new update called Skill and Glory, as detailed in its September 5 blog. With the update, Destiny 2 will track player skill in real time. As experienced players gain Glory, their rank will be greatly accelerated according to skill rating. The idea is to dissuade those who are likely to smurf or use account recovery to go noob hunting. At least, that’s the hope.

    Destiny 2: Shadowkeep goes live on Ocotober 1 when it becomes available on Steam.

    Cameron Woolsey
    Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Proud member of the Blue Team during the first console war, and has more Sonic paraphernalia than he cares to admit.

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