The Final Shape’ Launch Time, Pre-Load Time And A Warning

It’s traditional for Destiny 2 players to scramble to get a bunch of stuff done before a season ends, even more so when it’s right before a big expansion and a lot of content is being removed. That is true in the case of The Final Shape, but with an even bigger caveat.

The warning here is that there is going to be a full 25 hours of downtime before the launch of The Final Shape on June 4, but you’ll want to know all about pre-load and release times as well, no doubt. Here’s the key information:

  • PlayStation preload time: Monday, June 3 at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET. Some users may already be able to pre-download as of June 1 if you have auto update/download enabled on your system.
  • Xbox preload time: Shortly after Destiny 2 is taken offline at 10 AM PT 1, PM ET on June 3.
  • Steam/Epic/Microsoft preload time: Shortly after Destiny 2 is taken offline at 10 AM PT 1, PM ET on June 3.
  • 25 Hour Maintenance Begins: Monday, June 3 at 9 AM PT, 12 PM ET – This is an hour before normal reset.
  • Global Launch time: Tuesday, June 4, 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET – Though obviously with a big expansion like this you may need to build in some amount of time for login and server issues or other technical problems. We rarely escape them, and this is a huge launch.

You’ll also need to prepare your hardware for how big this filesize is going to be an how much space you’ll need for preload, which on Steam in particular, is enormous:

  • PS5 – Final install size: 143.81 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 143.81 GB
  • PS4 – Final install size, 110.70 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 129.31 GB
  • Xbox One – Final install size, 139.52 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 139.52 GB
  • Xbox Series X/S – Final install size 165.82 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 165.82 GB
  • Steam – Final install size: 155.50 GB, Storage space for pre-load – 299.70 GB
  • Epic Games Store – Final install size: 144.61 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 279.66 GB
  • Microsoft Store – Final install size 156.22 GB, Storage space for pre-load: 156.22 GB

Even though the final size aligns with other platforms, Steam and Epic essentially download two copies of the game for preload, the new and old version, hence the huge size. You may just want to wait until actual launch if you don’t want to delete like five other games to accommodate this if your hard drive cannot currently handle it. I also believe you can uninstall the game then reinstall with the new version once the pre-load time hits to avoid this, then you just need one copy.

Again, a big warning here is that you need to get all your last-minute stuff done mainly today, as you’ll only have a few hours tomorrow morning due to the 25 hour downtime. Spend your legendary shards, farm Onslaught shinies, get seasonal red borders, all that’s going away. And finalize your Final Shape cutscene cosmetic look, of course. Enjoy.

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