While it might not be unexpected for a game’s player count to be declining in its seventh year on the market—Destiny 2 was originally released in September 2017—Bungie’s shooter actually hit its highest ever concurrent player count (316,651) when its Lightfall expansion launched in February.
It was confirmed last month that Bungie was the latest Sony Interactive Entertainment studio to be hit with layoffs.
Bloomberg later claimed roughly 8% of the studio’s workforce was affected by the job cuts and that the upcoming Destiny expansion, The Final Shape, as well as shooter Marathon, had been internally delayed.
In October, Bungie’s staff were reportedly warned that revenue was running at around 45% below projections for the year, which chief executive officer Pete Parsons attributed to poor player retention for Destiny 2.
It’s claimed that staff were told the game’s next expansion, The Final Shape, was being delayed from February 2024 to June, to give the studio more time to improve it.
Bungie hasn’t officially announced a delay for The Final Shape, which is still officially scheduled for release on February 27, 2024.
The studio recently announced plans to replace the game’s current seasonal structure with an episodic one following The Final Shape’s release.