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Destiny won’t be getting rid of the ‘2’ anytime soon

Bungie doesn’t plan to make Destiny 3 either

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On June 9, Bungie announced Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals, Destiny 2: Beyond Light this fall, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen in 2021, Destiny 2: Lightfall in 2022, and the Destiny Content Vault, which will cycle old content in and out of Destiny 2. But the studio also spoke about whether it would make a game called Destiny 3.

After the announcement on June 9, game director Luke Smith jumped on stream with Dr. Lupo to talk about Destiny 2’s future. In the short Q&A session, Luke Smith told Dr. Lupo that Bungie does not plan on making Destiny 3. And, in a new article detailing the evolving world of Destiny 2, the studio wrote that splitting the Destiny community was frustrating enough for players that Bungie recognizes it is “a mistake we don’t want to repeat by making a Destiny 3.”

As part of Beyond Light, the studio will add a new element, new subclasses for each class, and the moon of Europa. During Year 4, it will also resurrect the Cosmodrome location and the Vault of Glass raid — both fan favorites from the original Destiny. In September, Destiny 2 will look like a very different game — although still not on the scale of a full-fledged sequel. But no matter how much has changed, Bungie doesn’t intend on tweaking the name anytime soon.

In our conversation with Smith, we asked him about the future of Destiny 2’s name, and if the studio will ever call it “Destiny” again. “At this time, we’re going to keep focusing our efforts on the game itself,” said Smith. “There are a lot of moving parts for changing the name, whether it’s work with platforms, string files, title screens, storefront work. It’s a lot of work. There are a bunch of really successful games with 2’s on the box – one of my favorites, DOTA 2 springs immediately to mind.”

But regardless of what Bungie decides to call it, the future of Destiny looks strong, .

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