Destiny 2 The Witch Queen SavathunSource: Bungie, Inc.

Expansions are always a high point for any live service game and there is none more anticipated than the latest Destiny 2 expansion, The Witch Queen. After its longest season to date, coming in at a whopping six months, The Witch Queen and Destiny 2's latest season, the Season of the Risen, is nearly here.

Here's everything you need to know about The Witch Queen and the Season of the Risen's launch time, preload information, maintenance, and more.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen: What you need to know

While the Season of the Risen and The Witch Queen are not the same product, they will be released at the same time. The duo arrive on Feb. 22, 2022, and with that, there will be an extensive amount of content added to Destiny 2.

All of the content within these packages is not yet known, but the seasonal content that forms the Season of the Risen is expected to release slowly over a three-month period, as has been commonplace with the majority of previous seasons. However, the majority of content associated with The Witch Queen will be available upon its launch. Here's what to expect from the two expansions, once they drop.

  • A revision of Destiny 22's staple PvEvP game mode, Gambit
  • An overhaul of the Void subclass Bungie has branded as "Void 3.0"
  • Weapon crafting through a location known as The Enclave
  • A new weapon type called known as the "Glaive"
  • A new raid within Savathun's Throne World
  • New exotic weapons and armor
  • A sizeable balance patch
  • The Conflict Eternal six-player matchmade activity
  • Savathun's Throne Worlds as explorable locations
  • Returning crucible maps
  • Two new strikes
  • Plus, a whole host of world based loot to pursue

The release will start with scheduled maintenance, taking the game offline for a period of time, followed by an opportunity to preload, ahead of its formal release.

When does Destiny 2 The Witch Queen maintenance start?

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen HardmodeSource: Bungie, Inc.

Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2's servers will be coming offline ahead of the launch. So, for those trying to squeeze out the last of the current season, take note of the times below and make sure you complete all your activities before Bungie flick the big switch.

Region/Country Local Time UTC
Australia 2pm (AEDT) Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Brazil Midnight (BRT), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
China 11am (CST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Columbia 10pm (COT), Feb. 21, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Egypt 5am (EET), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
France 4am (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Japan Midday (JST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Mexico 9pm (CST), Feb. 21, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
New Zealand 4pm (NZDT), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Poland 4am (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Russia 6am (MSK), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia 6am (AST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Singapore 11am (SGT), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Africa 5am (SAST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Korea Midday (KST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Arab Emirates 7am (GST), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Kingdom 3am (GMT), Feb. 22, 2022 3am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United States of America 7pm (PST), Feb. 21, 2022
9pm (CST), Feb. 21, 2022
10pm (EST), Feb. 20, 2022
3am UTC, Feb. 20, 2022

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen preload start time and date

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen StrikeSource: Bungie, Inc.

After Bungie pulls the plug on Destiny 2 servers, there will be a two-hour period before the preload, update, and hotfix for The Witch Queen expansion will start to roll out across all platforms. While the times and dates are universal, the availability may be based on your region and preference of platform.

Bungie has advised that those playing on PlayStation 4 (PS4) will also be required to download the associated PS4 compatibility packs that are available after the completion of the Hotfix preload. It is advised that players close their Destiny 2 applications to speed up this process.

Region/Country Local Time UTC
Australia 4pm (AEDT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Brazil 2am (BRT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
China 1pm (CST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Columbia Midnight (COT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Egypt 7am (EET), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
France 6am (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Japan 2pm (JST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Mexico 11pm (CST), Feb. 21, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
New Zealand 6pm (NZDT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Poland 6am (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Russia 8am (MSK), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia 8am (AST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Singapore 1pm (SGT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Africa 7am (SAST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Korea 2pm (KST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Arab Emirates 9am (GST), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Kingdom 5am (GMT), Feb. 22, 2022 5am UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United States of America 9pm (PST), Feb. 21, 2022
11pm (CST), Feb. 21, 2022
Midnight (EST), Feb. 21, 2022
5am UTC, Feb. 21, 2022

Destiny The Witch Queen launch time and date

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen ThroneworldSource: Bungie, Inc.

Destiny 2 servers will start to come online at 5 p.m. UTC, but the servers are scheduled to continue with maintenance for the following two hours. During this period, some players may gain access to Destiny 2 but, as with any previous release, high server volumes are expected and you may be expected to wait in a queue before being granted access.

Region/Country Local Time UTC
Australia 4am (AEDT), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Brazil 2pm (BRT), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
China 1am (CST), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Columbia Midday (COT), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Egypt 7pm (EET), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
France 6pm (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Japan 2am (JST), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Mexico 11am (CST), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
New Zealand 6am (NZDT), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Poland 11am (CET), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Russia 8pm (MSK), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia 8pm (AST), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
Singapore 1am (SGT), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Africa 7pm (SAST), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
South Korea 2am (KST), Feb. 23, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Arab Emirates 9pm (GST), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United Kingdom 5pm (GMT), Feb. 22, 2022 5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022
United States of America 9am (PST), Feb. 22, 2022
11am (CST), Feb. 22, 2022
Midday (EST), Feb. 22, 2022
5pm UTC, Feb. 22, 2022

It's not long until boots will touch the ground on The Witch Queen's fresh new soil, so stock up on completed bounties, finish any quests from previous seasons, and get ready for Destiny's latest expansion on Feb. 22.

Survive the Truth

The Witch Queen

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Take back the Light

The upcoming Witch Queen expansion features the sinister Savathûn and her brood of Light-wielding Hive, which will undoubtedly prove to be the most challenging foes faced by Guardians yet. Players can expect tons of new loot, enemies, locations, and more.

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