Bungie has revealed the start dates of Destiny 2‘s Nightfall Strikes, raid, and Guided Games feature.
In its latest weekly update the developer confirmed that the Nightfall Strike will be available from launch, but players will have to wait until September 13th at 10 a.m. PT to access the sequel’s first raid.
“If you have witnessed the race to become the first to topple the final boss, you know we keep Raid info well under wraps,” the developer added. “These are your moments to discover – your mysteries to solve. We’ve given you the when. You will soon discover the who, the what, and the where. Together, as a team, you might even discover the how.”
Bungie also revealed that its Guided Games feature, which is designed to help solo players link up with other groups to complete endgame content, will not be available at launch to give clans time to form. Instead, a beta version of the feature will be pushed live for Nightfall Strikes on September 12th at 10 a.m. PT. During this beta phase between 30-50 percent of the player base will be granted access depending on clan participation during the game’s first week.
“For Guided Games to have a successful launch, we need time for enough players to form into real Clans and be ready to guide other Guardians,” Bungie explained. “If there are too many solo Seekers and not enough Clan Guides, the queues for matching will be quite long. Therefore, we’re going to roll out Guided Games as a limited-access ‘soft beta’, where only a select number of solo players will be able to use Guided Games for the Nightfall on 9/12. This will allow us to slowly ramp up players over the course of September (and allow Clan populations to grow) so that everyone has a great experience.”
The beta will be expanded into a full launch of the feature for both Nightfall Strikes and the raid on September 26th at 10 a.m. PT.
Destiny 2 launches on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 6th, with a PC release to follow on October 24th.