Destiny 2 Season of the Deep release date set for late May 2023, returns Guardians to Titan

Bungie released new information about Season 21 of Destiny 2, which debuts on May 23, 2023, right after the conclusion of the ongoing Season of Defiance. Its official title is "Season of the Deep", and it will see players return to the Saturnian moon of Titan, a destination area that was last seen in 2020. At the moment, Bungie only has a single image to show off from the Season of the Deep, but what it does show is fairly telling.

The image was shown off in the latest edition of This Week at Bungie, the company's weekly update concerning Destiny 2

It shows three Guardians wearing what looks to be the seasonal armor or ornament set - some underwater-themed gear for each class, as well as Sloane, the local Vanguard commander on Titan. Sloane served as the mission touchpoint in the launch campaign of Destiny 2 and subsequent outings to the area. She, along with the destination, disappeared in 2020, when Bungie implemented the Destiny Content Vault, a system of "rotating out" different parts of the game from active play to keep things at a manageable size. In the game's narrative, the disappearances coincided with the arrival of the Darkness in the solar system, causing places like Mars, Mercury, and Io to be "lost" and unplayable.

And for what she's gone through, it looks like Sloane herself has changed somewhat as well: Her right arm and legs sport the telltale visual effect associated with the Taken, a type of enemy faction in Destiny 2.

Besides the initial art reveal, Bungie's also dropped hints about what's coming in lore entries from the Lightfall expansion. Lore entries from Neomuna, the new destination in Lightfall, indicate that an "enemy of the Witness" resides somewhere in the churning seas of Titan. Bungie also hinted that quests are forthcoming that will reveal more about the "Veil", a device or phenomenon that had great importance in Lightfall's story campaign but is yet largely unknown.

One other note Bungie had about Season of the Deep will also impact future Seasons. Starting with Season of the Deep (Season 21), Season Passes for Destiny 2 will become about 20% more expensive at base price. Previous Season Passes cost about 1,000 Silver (or about $10 USD). From Season 21 onward, passes will cost 1,200 Silver (about $12 USD), with the bundle that unlocks the first 10 seasonal Ranks costing about 2,200 Silver (up from 2,000).

Destiny 2 is available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5. The Season of the Deep debuts on May 23, 2023.