Bungie has pushed the time on the next big expansion for Destiny 2, moving it from the previous November release date this year — into next year. This expansion is called The Witch Queen, and is the next big update after the release of Beyond Light. The Witch Queen will now drop sometime in “the early half of 2022.”
Bungie outlined this change in a huge blog post, which goes into detail about the future of Destiny 2. Bungie said they had been thinking about pushing back the release of The Witch Queen for a while “primarily for the health of the team,” and that elements of the expansions lead to the delay.
“Beyond Light built the foundation and allowed us to weave the world-building of Destiny and Destiny 2 together, but The Witch Queen will light the fire on a strongly interconnected narrative across Lightfall and beyond, unlike anything we’ve ever attempted before, with characters, arcs, heroes and villains that persist over multiple future releases. With so much leading to and dependent on what happens in The Witch Queen, we wanted to make sure that we gave ourselves enough time to build out this journey in the right way, starting with an exceptional first chapter in The Witch Queen.”
Other reasons includes Bungie continuing to work to “upgrade the systemic foundation of Destiny 2 to support everything we want to do in the future” and its attempts to maintain a quality level for Destiny 2, without overexerting developers.
The blog also outlined a whole lot of other future content information. Bungie had previously announced two separate expansions for Destiny 2, one being The Witch Queen in 2022. Lightfall is expected to follow that, and was originally slated to release in Fall 2022, but with the recent delay, will likely be pushed to early 2023. The blog mentions another expansion that follows Lightfall and concludes Destiny 2’s current story, which Bungie is calling the “Light and Darkness Saga.”
Bungie finally set up a release period for the Vault of Glass raid, which has been upgraded from the original in Destiny 1. The Vault of Glass is coming back in Season 14, which is the next content season. Season 13 ends on May 11th, and since raids raids are typically added a week or two after content release, it won’t be too long after.