The last few days have not been easy for Bungie. The company laid off around 100 employees and was heavily criticized by fans of its flagship game, Destiny 2, on social media. And one of the most informed journalists on the subject, Paul Tassi, from Forbes, wrote an article detailing some important points of this “new phase” that the company has been going through.
One of the main aspects to be taken into consideration is that the layoff has no relationship with Sony. On the contrary, in fact. According to several sources, the fact that the Japanese giant acquired the studio was essential for it to continue operating. This happens because the recent performance of the futuristic FPS is nowhere near the performance needed to maintain the team.
Now, obviously, those who stayed are also not happy with the way things are going. Especially since there will be a huge amount of pressure for Destiny 2’s final, big expansion: The Final Form. Postponed, the content is seen as a possible watershed. The board wants (and needs) it to be the best ever made – not just as good as Renegades or The Taken King.
And, according to reports, at least in the current development part, it seems that everything is heading towards that. Both campaign and multiplayer are now within the planned time frame and seem to have the necessary material to please fans. It remains to be seen what the reorganization of teams will be like after the layoffs – something that has not yet occurred and which should greatly affect the areas of PvP and player safety, which were greatly affected by the departures.
Bungie has reportedly postponed Marathon to 2025
With the layoffs, Bungie is also replanning its next steps. Starting with the Destiny 2 expansion “The Final Form”, which would have been postponed from February to June 2024. Not only that, but the Marathon game ended up being postponed until 2025.
The postponements are also Schreier’s information. He cites sources familiar with the situation at the studio, but who asked not to be identified as they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Attention: as neither Sony nor Bungie have confirmed such postponements, treat this part of the article as a rumor.