The Destiny brand brings a new big expansion or even a fresh game every fall. But Destiny 2 could make September 2019 different and resist the release, says our author Schuhmann.
That’s how it was all the time: September is traditionally the release month for a new Destiny title or a major expansion. That was already in the master plan of Activision.
- 2014 – Destiny
- 2015 – The king of the possessed
- 2016 – The awakening of the Iron Lords (aka Rise of Iron)
- 2017 – Destiny 2
- 2018 – Forsaken
- 2019 – Borderlands 3
Something is wrong in the chain.
What is Destiny doing this year? We do not know it. Destiny’s content plan goes into the summer of 2019, but not beyond.
With Penumbra is still a DLC come, the year 2 of Destiny 2 decides – as the year will look like 3, we do not know:
These 4 options are available for Destiny 2 Year 3:
- Destiny 1 saw the release of “Rise of Iron” in year 3, the smallest September release so far. It was announced in June 2016 and then arrived in September. Bungie would have time for this solution. It may be that Penumbra is preparing such a “small expansion” and Bungie is working on that for months.
- It almost seems impossible that Destiny 3 will be released in September 2019. There is much to suggest that it will not be until 2020 – maybe even until the release of the new generation of consoles at the end of the year 2020.
- Whether Bungie wants to continue the idea with the season pass seems unlikely. Because he tears the players apart. With this model, Destiny 2 is becoming increasingly difficult to remain relevant outside the hard core
- The 4th option is a “free update” like most of the time between November 2015 and September 2017 – somehow live in events with events until the next release
What speaks in favor of nothing coming? As it was said, behind the separation from Activision there was a certain amount of frustration that Activision demanded annual releases from Bungie.
At Bungie one should have celebrated it, as Activision and thus the time pressure were broken off, it was then called “well-informed circle.”
At today's meeting announcing the news, Bungie staff cheered loudly. Can't over-emphasize how happy they are not just to get away from Activision, but to have a game that they now own completely. Imagine a Destiny free from Activision's restrictive annualized schedule!
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 10, 2019
It is possible that the will to separation at Activision stems from the fact that Bungie 2019 could not deliver.
This is supported by a statement by Activision on the separation: Bungie was not expecting any significant turnovers in 2019.
In addition, Borderlands 3 seems to have definitely put itself on the place of Destiny with its release date – Bungie would have 2019 hard to penetrate in September, especially with a “smaller big release.”
When do we learn more? Should Bungie really plan to go through with a 2019 release, we should hear more about E3 in June.
But you should not be surprised if the release strand 2019 breaks.
This gives you the feeling: The 1st throw after the separation from Activision must sit and give a clear direction. New features, new worlds, new enemies and new ideas would be important to signal a departure.
It seems doubtful if this litter will be ready by September 2019. A break would not be too bad to avoid “getting the same thing” every year.
Bungie is in 2019 with Destiny 2 anyway in a new situation in terms of their own starting position. But the environment has changed significantly in the last 5 years. Maybe you need a break for a year to reposition yourself and orient yourself.