I expected the game to have a limited trial version like the other paid Blizzard games* (barring Overwatch) Diablo III, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 (before switching to free-to-play). Installation option was missing in the Battle.net client, but I assumed that this is a bug as so was reported on the forum. I had to use an alternative method to install the game. I get SAXOPHONE error code briefly after launching.

*Activision, the publisher of Destiny 2, is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard

Is there a permanent trial of Destiny 2 or has the game only been playable during special events such as "free weekends"?


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Bungie has announced a free-to-play version of Destiny 2:

Destiny 2: New Light launches October 1, 2019 and is free to play on every supported platform.


There was a free trial weekend, there is not (as of this answer) a permanent free trial.

The SAXOPHONE error help page on Bungie.net (That you linked to) makes this very clear.

Players do not own Destiny 2, but have it installed from a Free Trial weekend and are attempting to launch outside of a promotional window.

On top of that, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment are still separately run Business Units underneath the wider Activision Blizzard entity. Calling Destiny 2 a "Blizzard" game, is not technically correct as Blizzard Entertainment (the game development company), had nothing to do with the development of Destiny 2, besides allowing Activision to use their Battle.Net content delivery platform.

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