Bungie has decided to postpone the release of their forthcoming Destiny 2 expansion: The Final Shape. Originally planned for February, it has now been rescheduled for a June release, falling outside of Sony Group Corp.’s ongoing fiscal year, according to undisclosed sources who aren’t permitted to share this information publicly. Additionally, Bungie’s upcoming game, Marathon, is now slated for a 2025 release.
The Marathon and Destiny 2 studio was recently acquired by Sony for $3.6 billion, has joined the list of PlayStation studios facing layoffs. Although the scale of these job cuts isn’t immediately clear, several former employees took to social media on October 30 to announce their departures. In addition to their popular sci-fi MMO shooter, Destiny 2, Bungie is developing the extraction shooter Marathon and a new original IP. Bloomberg previously reported that the studio was internally assessing Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us 2 multiplayer spin-off, resulting in a project suspension.
The Final Shape is the eighth Destiny 2 expansion and the twelfth one in the whole Destiny series. It’s the big finale of The Light and Darkness Saga, where everything that’s happened so far will come together.
NEW: Bungie laid off an undisclosed number of staff today, part of ongoing job cuts across PlayStation. The company recently delayed the upcoming Destiny 2 expansion The Final Shape to June 2024 and the new game Marathon to 2025, sources tell Bloomberg https://t.co/UiLwy28VyG pic.twitter.com/aN2BgOROj8
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) October 30, 2023