In a surprise announcement the developer of Destiny 2, Bungie has stated that the release of Destiny 2: New Light (a free-to-play version of the game) and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, the latest expansion for the game, is being pushed back a couple of weeks. The release of these updates was previously set for September 17th, but now the date changed to October 1st.
The release delay for both titles was announced in a new post on Bungie’s website. The post reads:
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.
Being independent means that the future of Destiny 2 is entirely on our team. It also means that we’re agile enough to choose to do what’s best for the game and our players, even if it’s the hard choice.
We wanted to let you—our Community—know first that we’re changing the date for Shadowkeep and New Light from September 17 to October 1.
This Fall is the first step on a journey for what our team wants Destiny 2 to become – a place for you and your friends to play anytime, anywhere; owning the action MMO and RPG elements that we love about the game; and crushing barriers to entry for friends. We just need a bit of extra time to take the first step.
We didn’t make this decision lightly. 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 get it, a bunch of our team takes some time off to go on their own Destiny Jacket Quest). We’re sorry for screwing up your plans and we wanted to share this information as quickly as we could.”
The development team added a few changes for Destiny 2’s content schedule. As you might’ve guessed, The World First for Shadowkeep’s new raid, called Garden of Salvation, will begin right after launch, on October 5th. Additionally, Bungie will be extending the Moment of Triumph event for three additional weeks and add another Iron Banner event for the week of September 17. One noteworthy thing is the long-awaited Cross-Save which, according to Bungie, “will come online later this Summer” before the release of Shadowkeep.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light will be available for PC, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.