The first expansion for Destiny 2 since Bungie's jump to independence has been delayed. Both Shadowkeep and the New Light experience are being pushed back to October 1.
In a Bungie blog post, the Destiny dev team explained the reasoning behind this delay. It seems that the team got closer to its previously set September 17 release, the more clear it became that it would benefit from "a bit more time in the oven."
"Being independent means that the future of Destiny 2 is entirely on our team," wrote the Destiny team. "It also means that we're agile enough to choose to do what's best for the game and our players, even if it's the hard choice."
This also means that the World First race for the new raid, Garden of Salvation, will begin on October 5. Moments of Triumph will also be extended through September 17, as well as Iron Banner.
Those looking to bring their Guardian across platforms will still be on-track to do so ahead of the expansion. Bungie confirmed Cross Save will come online later this summer, so if you're looking to merge those accounts, you'll have plenty of time to do so now before Shadowkeep launches.
Shadowkeep is Destiny 2's first major step forward since splitting with Activision and taking Destiny with them, a move that fans were very happy about. As part of that move, Destiny 2 is moving from BattleNet to Steam and finally implementing cross-platform saves, even on PlayStation 4. New Light is a companion launch to Shadowkeep, and is a revision of Destiny up to now, streamlining the onboarding process and marking Destiny 2's jump to a free-to-play model with paid expansion content.
Fans are clearly eager to see the new content, as player counts surged after the Shadowkeep announcement. We'll see if the fervor lasts all the way to October 1 as Bungie takes some extra time to get this first big step just right.