“We didn’t make this decision lightly”.
Bungie is delaying the release of Destiny 2: New Light and the game’s standalone Shadowkeep expansion, both of which will now launch on 1st October, rather than the originally announced date of 17th September.
Both games mark the first significant step for Bungie’s troubled franchise, following the developer’s split from long-time publisher Activision in January. New Light will see the core Destiny 2 experience (including Year 1’s the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions) become entirely free-to-play, while the moon-themed Shadowkeep is a completely standalone offering.
Announcing the release delay to October in a new post on the Destiny subreddit, however, Bungie’s Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy explained that, “As we get closer and closer to serving up Shadowkeep and New Light, it has become increasingly clear to us that our releases for this Fall would benefit from a bit more time in the oven.”
“We didn’t make this decision lightly,” the message continued, “We know for some of you (us too), Destiny releases are events where you take time off of work or develop a sudden sickness that keeps you from school or work..We’re sorry for screwing up your plans and we wanted to share this information as quickly as we could.”
As part of the release date move, Bungie has also shared a few updates and changes for Destiny 2’s upcoming content schedule. The World First for Shadowkeep’s new Garden of Salvation raid (which is set in the original Destiny’s Black Garden) will now, for instance, begin on Saturday, 5th October.
Elsewhere, Moments of Triumph will now run through 17th September, and an additional Iron Banner will be implemented that same week. Bungie also notes that Cross Save will come online “later this summer”, “well ahead” of Shadowkeep’s October launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.