Bungie has officially confirmed that The Final Shape, Destiny 2‘s final expansion, is definitively delayed until June 4, 2024. Rumors about the expansion’s delay surfaced last month after Bungie began layoffs amid a significant player decline following the poor reception of the Eclipse expansion (Lightfall).
As we reported at the end of October, Bungie laid off nearly 8% of its employees, affecting roles in community management, engineering, social media, quality control, and others. Now, the Halo developer is taking its time to get things right with The Final Shape after realizing it has lost the trust of its players.
The Final Shape is an ambitious expansion intended to conclude Destiny’s saga of light and darkness. Bungie has revealed very little about the expansion so far, teasing that Destiny 2 players will enter “the Traveler,” a mysterious entity in the Destiny universe that remains stationary in the sky as a source of light for Destiny players. The Final Shape will include the Pale Heart, Destiny’s first linear destination.
“The Final Shape is the culmination of the first ten years of Destiny storytelling and, for Guardians worldwide, countless hours spent together,” wrote the development team in a blog post. “We want to honor that journey, so we’re taking the time we need to deliver an even grander and bolder vision, one that we hope will be remembered and cherished for years.”
The team mentioned that the Season of Wishes, launching today, will last until the release of The Final Shape: “While most of the content and narrative of the Season of Wishes will unfold from late November to February as originally planned, the team is adding new content available to all players until The Final Shape launches.”
In April, Bungie will release a new content update called Into the Light, which “will prepare players for their Guardians’ journey toward the Traveler.” Bungie plans to share new gameplay from The Final Shape expansion in April.