Following a delay, Destiny 2’s scheduled maintenance period is officially underway. The process is expected to last for approximately six hours, and for most of that time, the game will be rendered unplayable as Bungie performs server maintenance ahead of Curse of Osiris’s release next week. [Update: Maintenance is now complete and servers are back online, although additional maintenance is coming on Tuesday, December 5.]
Maintenance officially began at 8 AM PT. As of this writing, no one can log in until maintenance is complete, although those who were online when the process began will be able to continue playing for an hour. At 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT (4 AM AET on Saturday), everyone will be booted offline. Bungie expects maintenance to conclude five hours after that, although we’ve seen previous estimates prove to be wrong, for better and worse.
Bungie has not shared the specific purpose of the maintenance; these periods are sometimes followed by the release of a new patch, but there’s been no indication of that happening today. We do know that a major Destiny 2 update is scheduled for release on December 5, alongside Curse of Osiris. The update will make numerous changes to the game, changing existing systems and introducing some new ones. It will be followed a week later, on December 12, with even more changes, including the addition of a new class of weapons, called Masterworks.
These details were shared in an extensive blog post earlier this week, in lieu of a planned livestream dedicated to Curse of Osiris. The post was intended to address mounting complaints from hardcore players, particularly in light of a recent controversy when it was discovered Destiny 2 throttles XP earned from certain activities. That system has been disabled, and further changes are planned. Bungie continues to face pressure regarding certain design choices and the studio’s admitted communication problems, though it says it will attempt to be more open with fans.