In a sad but unsurprising announcement today, Bungie has delayed the release of the upcoming Beyond Light expansion from September 17th to November 10th. We saw this kind of delay last year with the release of Shadowkeep, but not nearly to this degree. Fifty four days is more than half the length of a normal season so I’m very curious to know how this is going to affect the content flow for the upcoming year of the Destiny cycle.
While it’s upsetting that the highly anticipated expansion to the popular Destiny 2 live service has been pushed back so far, it’s not shocking by any means. Everything has been put on slow-mode thanks to the difficulties of development brought forth by the COVID pandemic. Forcing developers to work from home greatly decreases communication speed and resources for a group that is self-admittedly already working really hard.
It’s tough to be mad, though. Season of Arrivals has been pretty great so far (full review later once we’ve seen the whole thing) so I’m feeling confident about the quality of what comes next. These Fall releases are by far the most important due to their introduction of new patrol spaces, story missions, systems, and broad sandbox changes. I’d hate for any of these fundamental factors to be rushed in any way.
In the meantime, today’s early TWAB gave us a look at how Bungie is going to account for the greatly extended summer season. The Moments of Triumph and its fruitful raids will be extended so there’s more time to get the exact gear that you want from some of the best loot pools in the game. There will also be more Iron Banner weeks as well as more rewards weeks such as increased Valor and Infamy as well as increased [REDACTED]. I’m not sure what that’s all about.
Most importantly, the annual Festival of the Lost is going to make its return October 6th – November 3rd. This makes a lot of sense considering it’s a Halloween celebration and October will still be October, whether it’s “Year 4” or not. FotL usually re-opens the Haunted Forest variant of Mercury’s Infinite Forest. Players grind this short-term activity for currency that allows them to buy unique cosmetics such as masks and other ornaments.
In the end, this is a bummer. Having Festival of the Lost will help ease the pain and give players something to do, but for a game that depends so heavily on its consistent flow of new content, two months is a VAST chasm of emptiness. Perhaps players can use this time to grind for the older titles, solo the Prophecy dungeon, or maybe even check in on that ever-present backlog we all love to ignore. In the end, it’s still coming, and we’ll be there waiting anxiously for the day it arrives.