Bungie has just announced the Destiny 2: New Light and the new expansion Shadowkeep have been delayed until October 1. This is extending the wait by about two weeks, so it is hardly a significant delay. In a statement released on their website, Bungie went through the reasons for the delay.
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.
This means they are changing some dates to various in-game activities. The World First Race for the Garden of Salvation Raid will now take place on Saturday, October 5. Moments of Triumph are being extended until September 17, giving people three more weeks to get them wrapped up. There will also be an additional Iron Banner weekend on September 17. Cross-save will still be coming to the game later this summer, before the launch of Shadowkeep.
I’m sure this is not a decision that Bungie made lightly, and hopefully, people understand that this is often the nature of games development, and sometimes dates need to change.