Destiny 2: Skadowkeep, the expansion release that will kick off the third year of the game, has been delayed from its traditional release window in early September to the new date on 1st October. On that new date, the expansion will be available for PS4, Xbox One, PC via Steam, with a release on Google Stadia following later in the autumn.
The launch window for our fall releases has changed.
— Destiny 2 (@DestinyTheGame) August 1, 2019
Bungie, Destiny and September game and expansion launches have been bedfellows since the release of the original game in 2014, but Bungie have decided to ensure that they have enough time to polish the new content without resorting to crunch, even if it only amounts to two weeks. This, they explain on Bungie.net, is thanks to their newfound independence and being “agile” to choose what they want to do. It’s a barely veiled jab at Activision, a publisher that the lead dev team became increasingly dissatisfied with while they were partnered, leading to the split announced earlier this year.
Here’s how they broke the news:
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.
Here’s some more date housecleaning:
The World First for the new Raid Garden of Salvation will begin on Saturday, October 5. It’s a weekend Raid race and Contest will be active
We’re extending Moments of Triumph through September 17 – you’ll have three more weeks to complete this year’s challenges and unlock all of the in-game and Bungie rewards
We’re going to run an additional Iron Banner the week of September 17 as well
Cross Save will come online later this Summer, so you’ll have time to sort out your Friend Lists well ahead of Shadowkeep
The run up to Shadowkeep is, as is traditional, being celebrated by a Solstice of Heroes event, with plenty of grinding to do in order to earn special rewards and accolades that distinguish your character from all the rest. Now, you’ll be able to take those from your main platform to others, with cross-save set to be implemented and preparatory work having been done with recent maintenance.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep was announced in the run up to E3 this year, taking players back to the Moon, a popular destination from the first game, to tackle a new emerging threat to mankind. It will launch alongside a new foundational version of Destiny 2, dubbed New Light, which will be free to play and include all parts of the game that appeared in Year One, including co-op, competitive and endgame modes.