"Last summer, we outlined our ambition for the next era in Destiny 2 by announcing the full arc, starting with Beyond Light, followed by the Witch Queen and Lightfall. As we began to scale production on the Witch Queen last year, we made the difficult but important decision to move its release to early 2022; we also realized we needed to add an additional unannounced chapter after Lightfall to fully complete our first saga of Destiny." - Joe Blackburn, Assistant Game Director, Destiny 2.
The statement mentions the delay of The Witch Queen, but it also brings good news. The name of the next expansion, Lightfall. This new expansion will likely be slated for 2024, but no release date has been officially announced. It also implies a second saga to Destiny 2 after the Lightfall expansion.
Blackburn states that the movement of the expansion is mainly due to the team's health.
"With COVID-19 keeping us away from the office, and the large amount of work on our plates, we needed to move the date in order to make sure that both this year's updates and The Witch Queen were both delivered at the quality we strive for, and on a schedule that made sense for everyone involved." - Joe Blackburn, Assistant Game Director, Destiny 2.
Outside of the delay, the blog post details some changes coming to Destiny 2 this year, including the fact that new weapons will no longer have "expiration dates" with the removal of infusion caps.
"Infusion caps helped us meaningfully shift the meta in Beyond Light and create a rewards ecosystem that was manageable to balance and monitor, but the system has also made our rewards feel like they have an expiration date and have frequently made playing our legacy content feel shallow. We want the rewards you've earned in Beyond Light and its subsequent seasons to feel like valuable tools you can use in the incredible challenges you'll face in The Witch Queen. So, we're making a change."
"We've made the decision that any weapon or armor that can currently be infused to max Power will continue to be able to reach max Power permanently. Starting in Season 14 we won't be capping the infusion on any weapons or armor that have not already reached the cap as of the start of Season 13. This means you'll be able to take your Trustee, your Falling Guillotine, and all the high-stat armor you've earned this year to take on the raid in The Witch Queen."
As it was called, the sunsetting system was meant to create a way for the game to shift its meta and offer rewards that can be used in each season. This ended up not being a popular feature, and many players disliked the system.
It is good to see that Bungie is listening to its players and adjusting the game in a way that the players will enjoy.
Destiny 2 is available for free for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Google Stadia, and Xbox One. The base game is free, and the current expansion is an additional cost.