Destiny 2 server maintenance will begin 15 hours before the launch of The Witch Queen expansion, and you won’t be able to log into the servers until the end time arrives.
According to a recent post from Bungie Help on Twitter, the developers will need to take Destiny 2 servers down for over 15 hours to implement the new changes and add all the new content coming to the game via The Witch Queen’s launch. In order to smooth out things for players, Bungie revealed the Destiny 2 server maintenance start time and end time.
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The maintenance will start on February 21 at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET and end on February 22 at 9 am PT/12 pm ET. During this period, except for the first 45 minutes, the game will be down for all players across the world.
It’s yet to be seen whether you can start downloading the update before maintenance ends, but even if you download the data, you cannot start playing until the downtime ends.
With the arrival of The Witch Queen, players will be able to start a brand new story-driven campaign, featuring new quests, new locations, new challenges, more rewards, and new cosmetics.
Unfortunately, the Forsaken campaign is no longer available as The Witch Queen arrives, but Shadowkeep and Beyond Light will still remain in the game. Beyond Light is currently available for free for the Game Pass members on PC.
Destiny 2 is a free-to-play experience available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia. Bungie, the developer of the franchise, was recently acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Despite this acquisition, Destiny’s IP rights will still remain at Bungie, and the studio will still be able to publish multiplatform games.
The Witch Queen is a paid expansion that is currently available for pre-order in three different editions. The standard version will cost you $40. You can grab the Deluxe Edition with the 30th Anniversary bundle for $100.