In January, Kotaku reported that a sequel to Destiny, original planned to be released in September 2016, would be delayed. Now Activision has confirmed this delay, though it did add a bit of good news to help soften the blow.
“Activision Publishing, along with its partners at Bungie, expects to bring a large new expansion to Destiny in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017,” a press release issued yesterday announcing the company’s fourth quarter earnings read.
That was the extent of the Destiny related news, though Bungie did elaborate somewhat in the latest installment of This Week at Bungie (formerly known as the Bungie Weekly Update).
“Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring,” Bungie community manager David “DeeJ” Dague wrote. “That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.”
The post then goes on to mention the coming expansion, so players can expect at least two substantial updates to the game this year. This stands in contrast to the smaller updates like Sparrow Racing League that have made up the bulk of the game’s recent additions. Dague says that more details will be available in the coming months.
Last week Bungie announced a new feature called the Damage Referee, which aims to even out inconsistencies between players with bad connections and those with good connections. Destiny design lead Lars Bakken writes that the developers are examining the new feature and “figuring out if and when we want to deploy it wider.”
The start of 2016 has been a tumultuous time for Bungie. Last month the company announced that Harold Ryan was stepping down as president after more than 15 years with the company, with Pete Parsons leading the company as its new CEO.