Destiny 2 is going to need “a bit more time in the oven” before going free-to-play this fall. Those are the words used in a blog post from Bungie announcing the that the target date for New Light, the free-to-play conversion, and the Shadowkeep expansion has been pushed back from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1.
The team is “sorry for screwing up your plans” if you intended to take time off to try out the new content, joking that they also tend to “develop a sudden sickness” when new content drops. Other important dates have also been pushed back, with Moments of Triumph extending through the previous launch date of Sept. 17 running an additional Iron Banner during that week as well. The weekend raid race and contest for the new raid Garden of Salvation kicks off Oct. 5.
Finally, cross save hasn’t been forgotten, coming along “later this Summer, so you’ll have time to sort out your Friend Lists well ahead of Shadowkeep.”
All in all, the changes to the dates are made possible because Bungie is now alone in its handling of Destiny 2, giving the team the ability “to do what’s best for the game and our players, even if it’s the hard choice” rather than being beholden to a publisher with an ironclad schedule. That’s a good sign, and we hope that freedom will continue to be a guiding factor for future decision-making.