Destiny 2: The Final Shape, Bungie’s upcoming expansion for Destiny 2, had been rumored to be delayed, but until now, the company hadn’t confirmed the report. Now, Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2: The Final Shape will launch on June 4th, with prelude content to follow.
The delay comes after Bungie laid off over 100 developers at their Destiny 2 studio. The CEO attributed the move to Destiny 2’s underperformance. In a blog post on the Bungie website, the company confirmed the dismissals but never directly addressed the expansion delays. Later on X (formerly Twitter), various affected developers confirmed that they had been laid off.
According to Bloomberg, roughly 100 Bungie employees – eight percent of their 1200-strong workforce – were affected by the job cuts, due to a “sharp drop” in the popularity of Destiny 2.
However, Bungie has now confirmed that Destiny 2: The Final Shape will be released on June 4th, 2024. This means that the current Season of The Wish will run until then. Between February and June, the studio announced a prelude of sorts to The Final Shape. This is aimed at getting players’ Guardians ready for the expansion launch.
“In February, this will include new weekly progression-based quests called Wishes, and the launch of Moments of Triumph with unique rewards. Next, we’re moving Guardian Games up to March with a refreshed focus on class vs. class competition. Then, beginning in April, we’re delivering a two-month content update available to everyone called Destiny 2: Into the Light, which will prepare players for their Guardian’s journey into the Traveler. All of this is in addition to the ongoing efforts from our PvP Strike Team, including three new PvP maps dropping in May. ”
The company was established in May 1991 by Alex Seropian, who then recruited Jason Jones as a programmer. Bungie Inc. is a subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment and its headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington.