Take heed, Guardians, Activision Blizzard has officially confirmed what many had already assumed to be common knowledge: Destiny 2 is coming in 2017.
Word of a sequel to Bungie’s shared-world shooter reared its head only last month, when Kotaku reported that both the developer and publisher had reshuffled plans for Destiny‘s inevitable follow-up, leading to the vacant 2016 window being filled with a “large new expansion.”
Here’s the official word from Activision:
“Activision Publishing, along with its partners at Bungie, expects to bring a large new expansion to Destiny in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017. Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring. That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.”
Outside of the imminent Valentine’s event, the latest major expansion to release for Destiny was last year’s The Taken King, heralding a string of long-awaited changes to the online shooter. How exactly the now-confirmed 2016 expansion will iterate on that blueprint remains to be seen, while details for Destiny 2 are essentially non-existent at this early stage.
Going off of the studio’s release schedule, expect the “large new expansion” to drop for Destiny in and around September of this year, before Destiny 2 swoops into a similar release window in 2017.