Destiny 2: The Final Shape - game art 10 years in the making

The art of Destiny 2: The Shape; sci-fi characters stand on a moon
(Image credit: Bungie)

Destiny 2: The Final Shape is the culmination of 10 years of art, game design and an ambitious vision to create a universe rich in lore, action and epic, draw-dropping vistas. This multiplayer shooter from Bungie – the same video game studio that created Xbox’s original killer app, Halo – is one of the best free games to play right now, so anyone can step into the role of Guardian and start blasting on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Destiny 2’s depiction of space is less of the unyielding void of hard sci-fi and more of an abstract, weird and wonderful backdrop. It’s a science fantasy universe that keeps you coming back, and will eventually pique your interest in its paid expansions. These include the evocatively titled and critically acclaimed The Witch Queen in 2022, and more recently 2023’s Lightfall. Both are chapters in the overarching Light and Darkness Saga, with the closing verse, The Final Shape, just released.

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Jess Kinghorn
Freelance writer

Jess is PLAY Magazine’s games editor, and is known for championing the weird, the wonderful, and the downright janky. A fan of cult classic JRPGs and horror, her rants about Koudelka and Shadow Hearts have held many a captive audience. Outside of writing about all things PlayStation, she’s also a lifelong fan of Nintendo’s handheld consoles. Having whiled away most of her college years playing The World Ends With You on the original Nintendo DS, she’s looking forward to uncovering all of NEO’s secrets too. Beginning her career as Official PlayStation Magazine’s staff writer in 2017, she’s since written for PC Gamer, SFX, Games Master, and Games TM.