Very turbulent times for Bungie Studios. Just this week, it was revealed that about 100 employees of the company would be laid off, which amounts to 8% of the workforce. This news was accompanied by the delay of their upcoming game, Marathon, and the cancellation of the release date for Destiny 2: The Final Shape, the new expansion of the game that was scheduled for February 27, 2024. But this is not the worst that has happened to the game.
In a recent article published on their own website titled “Heading Towards the Future,” the studio confirms something we already suspected after all the recent developments in the past few months: “We have lost a significant amount of your trust (the players).”
“It has been one of the most challenging weeks in the history of our studio, as we had to say goodbye to people we respect and admire. We have spent this entire week supporting each other, not only those who remain within the studio but also friends and colleagues who are no longer a part of this,” they emphasized.
If something has happened with Destiny 2, it’s that the latest updates haven’t quite lived up to the expectations. The studio is aware of this, pointing out that expansions or content “should amaze and bring enjoyment,” and that “although we haven’t always achieved that, it’s going to change.”
With the release of The Final Shape, Destiny 2 will bid farewell to the Light and Darkness saga, which began a decade ago. Bungie states that it will be “on par with the best games we’ve ever made,” but the key difference is that heavyweight contributors to the production are no longer working there.