Publisher Activision confirmed today that Destiny 2 will get a “major expansion” at the end of 2018, but didn’t provide specifics on what the content drop would entail. News of a major expansion came during an Activision Blizzard investor call.
Developer Bungie recently outlined its plans for Destiny 2 through fall 2018 in response to player discontent. The developer later went into greater detail on what players can expect to see in Destiny 2 through May, when the game’s second expansion is scheduled to drop. But players hadn’t gotten confirmation about a major expansion beyond Curse of Osiris and the second, unnamed expansion until now.
Presumably, by “major expansion” Activision and Bungie mean something on par with The Taken King. That add-on for the original Destiny introduced a new enemy type, the Taken, and a new environment called the Dreadnaught. The Taken King also included a new public activity called the Court of Oryx; a new raid, King’s Fall; three new strikes; one new subclass for each of the game’s three classes; and seven new Crucible maps.
Activision Blizzard executives talked about the upcoming content for Destiny 2 in relation to sentiment about the game and maintaining player engagement.
“The sentiment is already starting to shift,” said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg during the call. “...We have a great expansion coming in May, and a major expansion coming at the end of the year, and those events have always been opportunities to re-engage our communities and win back people who have churned out. This is an incredibly passionate group of players and that passion is a good thing, even when the sentiment is critical, because it shows how deeply people care about the game, and we think that’s one of the things that makes this a great franchise, and we’re fully committed to listening to and communicating with our community more frequently and more transparently than ever and making the right changes to improve the experience and we think we have the right path forward.”
In the short term, Bungie will do its best to keep players engaged with Destiny 2’s next event, Crimson Days, which kicks off next week.