Bungie threw down some confident plans last month when the self-publishing developer announced the next three years of Destiny 2 expansions. However, get ready for delays. Ever since Activision departed the business relationship, Bungie has struggled to meet deadlines and release dates. Last year, Shadowkeep was delayed and this year Destiny 2 Beyond Light won’t make its initial release date either. Sure, we can blame it on COVID-19 but delays are nothing new at Bungie.
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The ex-Halo developer announced that instead of the initial 22 September launch for Destiny 2 Beyond Light, the expansion’s release date is now 10 November. This marks a delay of almost two whole months.
In a statement, Bungie claims the current COVID-19 lockdown is a contributing factor.
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There could also be other factors involved in this ambitious new expansion. For the first time since its debut back in 2014, the Destiny series is getting a new damage type. Bungie is also taking older content away and releasing an old raid and old locations to revisit. It is an ambitious task. One which I hope they can manage alone.
Bungie released its weekly blog post with the updated plans for the current season and beyond. According to the developer, Moments of Triumph is extended to 10 November. Solstice of Heroes will run until 8 September. The Festival of the Lost has been added to this season and will kick off on 6 October and run through to 3 November.
We also have the dangerous launch timing for the expansion. November is a busy month. Destiny 2: Beyond Light is set to launch just three days after Cyberpunk 2077 and five days after Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Not to mention the games we don’t know about yet including this year’s Call of Duty release. It is also likely that we will have both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles launching in November too.
Let’s hope Destiny 2: Beyond Light brings enough excitement with it to pull people away from playing on Cyberpunk 2077 on their PS5 and Xbox Series X. We know the game will be launching on the next-gen consoles and will run at 4K 60FPS but with the new delay, that update will most likely suffer too. Catch up on the trailer down below;