Released today, the information has struck fans and guardians alike by surprise: Destiny 2 Shadowkeep will release on October 1st instead of September 17th. It is the first time Bungie has delayed the release of a major expansion. I assume since their partnership with Activision has ended as of this year, Bungie CAN actually allow themself more time to work on Destiny 2 content and fixes before the new content comes to the game.
With Destiny 2 Shadowkeep’s delay, also Destiny New Ligtht will be released on October 1st instead of September 17th. New Light is the Free to Play version of Destiny 2 that lets you enjoy a certain amount of the game for free until you decide to get the latest (and only need the latest) expansion to play and join up with the current guardians together.
Here’s the thing, Cross-Save, a feature that allows you to play from only one main Bungie account across all consoles, will actually release this August. This does not mean, that Destiny 2 on PC will come to Steam in August, that release is also tied to the October 1st release.
Taken fresh from Bungie’s most recent TWAB
- 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
- Moments of Triumph see an extension 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
For those that are excited to join the race for worlds first can light up. While the last raid release with Crown of Sorrow was held on the day the reset happens (Tuesdays) we can now rest easy and watch everyone grind their guardian teeth off on a saturday. This invites even more people into trying the raid on day one of releasem as most people don’t need to take a day off work for that attempt if it’s on the weekend. (Apologies if you still have to take a day off!)
In the end, this doesn’t hurt at all. If 2 more weeks time are enough to give Bungie all what they need to work out major kinks and retune some of the experiences that are coming to us with the new (old) Moon location in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, I’ll happily wait 2 more weeks. Especially with Borderlands 3 around the corner on September 13th, this gives people that want to try that game now 2 weeks time.
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