Destiny 2: Lightfall preload information: install size and server downtime

Destiny 2 Lightfall DLC release date & information

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Destiny 2: Lightfall is set for release on Tuesday, February 28, and players can expect a brand-new campaign mission, quality of life improvements, and the brand-new darkness subclass, Strand. Bungie usually brings plenty of content with its annual expansions and Lightfall is set to be no different.

The team has already detailed its long-term plans for the game as well as the new subclass, Strand, and its abilities and new in-game vocabulary to be aware of. We’ve seen an emotional season finale during which Rasputin learned how to trust humanity again, and in doing so sacrificed himself to save the world from the clutches of Beyond Light’s main protagonist, Eramis. As guardians globally are now in their final hours of frantically preparing for Lightfall, when can you expect to be able to jump in and land your fireteam on the newly discovered city of Neomuna?

Planned server downtime

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To allow for as seamless a process as possible, Bungie has announced that it will be taking the Destiny 2 servers offline for a full 24 hours. During this period, preloading Lightfall will become available. Luckily, Bungie has also detailed the install sizes needed for each platform. Starting at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT on February 27, the Destiny 2 servers will be taken offline, with players being removed from activities 15 minutes prior to this. Players have until this time to wrap up any Season of the Seraph objectives as well as earn the seals for any of the seasons since the launch of The Witch Queen a year ago. This includes Season of the Risen, Season of the Haunted, Season of the Plunder, and Season of the Seraph. After this time, all of this content will be removed from the game.

Lightfall install size

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Bungie has warned that the install size for Lightfall will be quite hefty, but following the initial load, the game will take up less space and see improved loading times. Most notably, Bungie has warned that anyone playing the PlayStation 4 version will need additional space to install the game, around 80GB, but that the old files will be removed after the installation is complete. PC users on both Steam and Epic Games Store will need at least 223GB of free space in order to preload Lightfall. There’s a helpful article on Bungie’s website that details this in full.

PlayStation 5

  • Install size: 102.6GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 102.6GB

Xbox Series X|S

  • Install size: 108.59GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 108.59GB

PlayStation 4

  • Install size: 88.21GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 184.64GB

Xbox One

  • Install size: 89.21GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 89.21GB

Steam

  • Install size: 102.50GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 233.2GB

Epic Games Store

  • Install size: 101.51GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 223.3GB

Microsoft Store

  • Install size: 102.13GB
  • Storage space required for the preload: 223.3GB

Players should note that the install size may vary dependent on the languages installed, and the install size shown is the maximum that may be needed.

So when can we play?!

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Destiny 2: Lightfall servers will go live on Tuesday, February 28 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT. All players are required to download and apply the latest updates available for Destiny on their platform whether they have purchased Lightfall or not.

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