Within the wake of layoffs at Bungie and reports of an impending delay to Destiny 2 enlargement The Ultimate Form — and in place of its common “This Week in Destiny” replace — the studio as an alternative posted a sober, contrite message from the development team that acknowledges participant dissatisfaction with the sport.
In its word, Bungie addressed the layoffs on the studio, saying “we’ve parted ways with people we respect and admire.” About 100 Bungie staff have been laid off this week after Destiny 2 participant counts plummeted by practically half, in keeping with a report from Bloomberg.
Whereas Bungie doesn’t immediately verify reviews of a four-month delay for Destiny 2’s subsequent enlargement, the assertion definitely implies it.
“We want to acknowledge the feedback and concerns you have about Lightfall,” Bungie stated, referring to the latest and coolly acquired sixth enlargement for Destiny 2, “and recent Seasons, as well as your responses to the reveal of The Final Shape. We know we have lost a lot of your trust. Destiny needs to surprise and delight. We haven’t done this enough and that’s going to change.”
As half of its “path forward,” Bungie stated it “need[s] to make The Final Shape an unforgettable Destiny experience” on par with beloved Destiny expansions Forsaken, The Witch Queen, and The Taken King. “These are the standard bearers we aim to live up to” with subsequent 12 months’s The Ultimate Form, Bungie stated.
“We are intensely focused on exceeding your expectations for The Final Shape,” the studio stated. “Destiny 2 has more than 650 dedicated teammates pouring all their energy and expertise into delivering this epic moment and its subsequent Episodes.”
The developer stated it plans to disclose extra about “what’s next on the short-term horizon, beginning with our next Season in late November” within the coming weeks. It additionally teased a “bigger, bolder, and brighter vision for The Final Shape,” which reportedly will have a June 2024 launch window.
Bungie didn’t handle the state of Marathon, its extraction-style shooter that was revealed earlier this 12 months. Whereas not formally dated, Marathon has reportedly been pushed to 2025.