18 April 2024
Games Technology

Report: Future 2’s Climactic The Closing Form Enlargement And Marathon Shooter Delayed

Destiny 2 heroes look on in shock.

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Along with an unspecified variety of job cuts, Future 2 maker Bungie has additionally been racked by delays. Bloomberg reports that the sci-fi MMO shooter’s The Closing Form enlargement has slipped from February to June, with upcoming extraction shooter Marathon getting delayed to 2025.

Whereas The Closing Form received’t finish Future 2, it should conclude the storyline it’s been increase for nearly a decade now with a last showdown between gamers and a pressure, referred to as The Witness, bent on the universe’s destruction. Initially set so as to add a brand new marketing campaign and many different content material on February 27 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Sequence X/S, and PC, the large enlargement will now arrive in June as an alternative, Bloomberg studies.

In the meantime, Marathon, a sci-fi extraction shooter that can revolve round session-based matches with a narrative that evolves as gamers full numerous aims and milestones, has apparently been delayed till 2025. The live-service recreation made a splashy debut at Sony’s massive PlayStation gaming showcase final Could, and appeared set to assist drive the platform’s new games-as-a-service technique following Sony’s acquisition of Bungie final yr.

The precise causes for the delays haven’t but come to gentle, however information of them comes as Bungie CEO Pete Parsons knowledgeable employees at this time that there could be a gathering to “focus on at this time’s occasions,” together with layoffs impacting recruiters, help employees, and a few builders. Whereas neither Bungie nor Sony has confirmed the precise variety of cuts, they even embody group managers for Future 2, the face of the sport for thousands and thousands of the loot shooter’s most devoted gamers.

The delays and layoffs come throughout a tough yr for Future 2 general, with 2023’s Lightfall being one in every of its worst-recieved expansions, and seasonal updates undercut by an uncommon spike in server outages and different points. The sport’s director, Joe Blackburn, had promised a shift to an episodic mannequin in 2024, with fewer, greater updates to assist deal with participant burnout. It’s unclear how at this time’s massive shakeup may impression these plans.