Game developer Bungie took to Twitch last Tuesday to report on Destiny 2’s future releases and development plans. The announcement detailed the new direction the game is heading towards and how the company plans to sustain it all the way to 2022. Unfortunately, there are currently no plans for a Destiny 3 release.
Game director Luke Smith announced three planned expansions for the game, namely, Beyond Light, The Witch Queen, and Lightfall. The Beyond Light expansion is slated to release as early as this fall white The Witch Queen will release in 2021, and the third expansion, Lightfall in 2022. Smith says that the company will still be observing the game as the months go by and will adjust updates as fit.
Beyond Light will have players exploring a new location, the icy moon Europa, to understand the Darkness and attempt to harness its powers. Familiar characters like The Drifter and Eris Morn will be making an appearance but this expansion will also be reviving Destiny 1 character, Exo Stranger. As for the other two expansions, Bungie didn’t go into further detail apart from their titles and release year.
With all three expansions already laid out, it’s unlikely that Bungie will be releasing a totally new sequel to Destiny any time soon, maybe after the last expansion in 2022. Streamer Ben Lupo raised a question during the live stream regarding a new sequel and Smith gave a sweeping statement saying that they’re “not planning to make one.”
But fans of the franchise won’t have to wait too long for new content for Destiny 2. In fact, starting today, a new seasonal update called Seasons of Arrival will be available on all major platforms. This will have players exploring a new dungeon as well as new activities that may very well intro the Beyond Light expansion releasing in September.
Bungie also revealed the new Destiny Content Vault. This new feature will allow the company to switch between content to make room for new additions while retaining access to the old. They will be able to add in new elements and locations, like Europa from the upcoming Beyond Light expansion, but will have to take out other locations like Mars, Mercury, Io, or TItan. This, however, does not mean these locations are lost forever. With the help of the Destiny Content Vault, the studio will be able to switch content in and out at will to help keep the game fresh throughout the years.
The first real use of this feature will have Bungie bringing back the Vault of Glass raid which was the first raid ever in Destiny.
Lastly, Bungie addresses the future of the Destiny franchise in regards to the upcoming next-gen consoles of Sony and Microsoft. The company expresses full support for the upcoming consoles and will give free upgrades for current owners of the game, regardless of platform.