Blizzard giving away free copies of Destiny 2

Blizzard is now giving away free copies of Destiny 2 for the first two weeks or so of this month until the 18th.

Before Blizzard’s keynote at Blizzcon 2018, Bungie announced that the game would be free for anyone to download and own through Battle.net:

Bungie and Activision have announced that the full Destiny 2 base game for PC is now a free gift for all new players on Blizzard Battle.net. For the first two weeks of November, anyone who does not already own the PC game will have the opportunity to claim it as a gift through their Battle.net account.

Destiny 2 will be free to claim and download from November 2–18, 2018. New Battle.net accounts created after 11:00 a.m. PDT on November 2, 2018, will need to enable Blizzard SMS Protect before claiming their free copy. Destiny 2 PC is redeemable from the Battle.net gift page.

The free version is just the base game and doesn’t include the recent expansion, Forsaken, which is pretty much required in order to beat the game. The vanilla game can be thought of as an expanded “demo” of the actual game- given that it’s been sold for next-to-nothing and even offered as a free game for PS+ Members.

Players who buy Forsaken or the season pass will get the previous expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind for free. Destiny 2 is Bungie’s shooter which has slowly recovered after a rocky launch due to limited chat. The game’s expansion was the most downloaded game in September, even beating out Marvel’s Spider-Man for digital downloads.

Now that the base game is out for free for a limited time, new players will be pumped through the game’s ecosystem and economy, which should only help the game’s overall playerbase. Although many deem this move as a money grab by Blizzard to lure players and get them to buy the expansions, free is free. And it’s definitely worth wasting a weekend on just playing the single-player campaign and online modes.

You can download the game to your Blizzard account by claiming it as a gift until the 18th of this month. The game is only available for free on PC. All accounts created today and alter will require a Blizzard SMS Protect (basically confirm your phone number with them) in order to claim the game. This prevents multiple account creations for resellers. You can grab your free copy of Destiny 2 here.

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