Destiny 2: Beyond Light has been delayed from September 22nd until November 10th. This may not come as a surprise to anyone the way the world is right now related to the pandemic and game development studios working from home. This is the biggest delay in the franchise history and the following is a look at what this means for Season of Arrivals and the build-up to Destiny 2: Beyond Light.
First of all Bungie released a statement today, so let’s have a look at that
“We have made the decision to move the release of Destiny 2: Beyond Light to November 10.
As the first chapter in a new trilogy of expansions, Beyond Light is the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2. We have a powerful story to tell and incredible new features that we’re really excited for players to experience. As always, our goal is to make the coolest, most entertaining expansion we can possibly make for our fans. To that end, we are doing what’s best for the game and moving the launch date.
The past few months have been a challenge and will continue to be during this pandemic. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling more of what we’re working on for Beyond Light and what that also means for Season of Arrivals, which will now extend to November 10. Beyond Light sets the stage for an incredible future in Destiny 2 and, though it’s coming later than we originally anticipated, we’re excited to continue that journey with you this November.”
With the way things are right now, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Bungie is trying to make an expansion, which we hope is going to be roughly the size of Forsaken, all while working at home. This is going to make things pretty difficult where collaboration between teams is crucial. They’re removing locations, no doubt coming up with new activities and introducing a new damage type with Stasis – doing all that while working at home and having no work/life separation has got to be tough. Working from home sure sounds good, but practically it can be hard – especially in the middle of a global pandemic and everything else that’s going on in the world right now.
We’ve gotten used to the September releases with Destiny with the first one coming out on 9th September 2014 and Destiny 2 releasing on September 6 2017. This was fairly consistent over the years until last year when Shadowkeep launched on October 1st 2019 and was the first time we experienced a delay.
Bungie wants Beyond Light to have the polish. Personally, I think they’ve made the right decision as if the game came out and it felt half baked, they’d be met with a wave of negative feedback and we’re going into the next phase of the Destiny story – starting with Beyond Light and being followed by with The Witch Queen in 2021 and Lightfall in 2022. It’s better to take a little extra time (even though we all want to play it and get hyped for the new release).
This news does have some pretty significant implications for the current season. Season of Arrivals is going to be extended by 49 days. That’s a fair amount of time. Bungie has been releasing content week over week and now we have 7 extra weeks to fill. The last season ended with an event, and now if this season had something similar planned (as we know Eris and Drifter are heading off to Europa), that’s going to have to be pushed back some time.
Bungie have come out in the TWAB a little early this week to say there’s going to be more content added to Season of Arrivals.
“Moments of Triumph will be extended to November 10, 2020. Cutting it close on some of those tougher Triumphs? Here’s a little extra time to finish them off.
“The show must go on: Festival of the Lost will now take place during Season of Arrivals, beginning on October 6.
We’re planning a handful of ritual activity modifiers to look forward to:
A few additional Iron Banner events between September and November.
We know that no amount of extra Infamy or Valor will keep your hunger satiated, but we will have a few more surprises to share on the road to launch. Stay tuned.”
The good news here is that Moments of Triumph is being extended, so a little more time to get those IRL rewards like the raid ring and the t-shirt. Also, the Festival of the Lost is being moved to Season of Arrivals to start on October 6th, also good news. I would temper expectations regarding the statement ‘more surprises to share on the road to launch’ – the development team are going to be super busy with Beyond Light, I very much doubt they are going to anything too significant – but we’ll see.
There are definitely risks in moving back the date so much. November 10th is very close to Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, 2 huge games which are now going to be competition for Destiny. Cyberpunk was always going to be huge no matter when they released their game, this is basically the follow up to Witcher 3 from CD Projekt Red and will probably be Game of the Year 2020 (unless it gets delayed again, it has moved a few times already from April to September to November). It sure looks like November is going to be a very busy month.
That plus the release of the new consoles – they are scheduled for holiday 2020, which could also mean November too. New consoles mean new games, which mean more competition for Bungie and Destiny 2. Beyond Light is a huge opportunity to either get new players or lapsed played back into the game with a new expansion and the carrot on the stick of Darkness abilities with Stasis. Now, this is going into a crowded zone when it comes to games. Halo Infinite is going to be a launch title for Xbox, plus all the potential launch titles for PlayStation 5 like Godfall and others.
With that being said I think it’s good news for the game. If Bungie doesn’t think it’s going to be right, then take more time to work on it and get it into a state where it can be released. The worst thing in the world is putting out a product you’re not happy with, rushed and adding crunch into the game development process. That’s one of the reasons they parted ways with Activision in the first place. Although I’m disappointed personally that’s it’s not coming out in September, I’m still hyped for this DLC and will be patient until November.
Let me know down in the comments what you think of the delay.