Bungie has announced that its upcoming expansion for Destiny 2, Shadowkeep, and the new free-to-play version of the game, Destiny 2: New Light, will be delayed by a couple of weeks to ensure they are up to standard.
In a statement released yesterday on Bungie.net, the studio announced the new release window and defended its decision, stating: “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.”
As a result of the later release date, certain events on the content roadmap have been shuffled around a bit to ensure that the community still has plenty to keep it preoccupied until Shadowkeep launches. The Moments of Triumph event will be extended through until September 17th, giving players three more weeks to chase those milestones and unlock all of the related in-game rewards. In addition to this players will be getting an extra Iron Banner event this season, which will run the week of September 17th and grant participants double Valour points. Outside of the Iron Banner, Mayhem will be the featured PvP mode and Double Infamy points will be up for grabs in Gambit activities that week too.
Bungie also confirmed that Cross-Save will be coming online later this summer. BEFORE Shadowkeep’s release and not alongside it, which is an unexpected bonus.
The statement closed with the promise of more news next week, so watch this space Guardians.
[UPDATE] – In an effort to lessen the sting, this week’s TWAB post featured some brand new promotional images for Shadowkeep, including this one showing an awesome new armour set. You’re welcome.