The fact that Bungie’s President Harold Ryan steps down after 16 years comes during a rather grim period for the developers of Destiny, given how the game’s fans have started to become more and more annoyed in regards to where the game seems to go.
Even if Destiny’s expansion the Taken King has severely boosted the base game’s quality, it still came a bit too late. The base Destiny game should have been what it is today during launch. When it was officially released, its repetitive gameplay, extremely random loot generator, close to no story at all and other similar problems have made all the hype surrounding the game crash down and burn.
Fortunately, the added class branches and story-focused missions of Taken King somewhat boosted the game’s popularity. But the slow movement towards Destiny 2 has made a large majority of the game’s userbase rather angry. Unsurprising, given the fact that Destiny, a game which was supposedly an MMO, has been available for only two years up to this point.
The fear that once Destiny 2 is launched, the previous installment will lose all support and no further future expansions is not entirely based on allegations. This is rather disconcerting, seeing how the game was originally marketed to have a couple of seasons before its support would start to dwindle.
But up to this point, we only had two lackluster expansions in season 1, Dark Below and House of Wolves, and the “massive” Taken King at the end of last year. True, the Sparrow League even during the winter holiday was a breath of fresh air, bringing a rather extensive racing game to Destiny players, but the fear of no further events started to loom over Destiny players more and more.
Bungie has stated that Destiny will not suffer at all from Harold Ryan’s decision to leave. But skepticism from gamers has started to grow more and more, even if the company constantly tries to reinforce the idea that Destiny is their front-running, even after its sequel will be released.
In regards to Destiny 2, it has been pushed back from its initial September 2016 release window to the first two quarters of 2017. Even if this sequel might have some hype behind it, it comes as a direct dismissal of Bungie’s previous statements regarding how Destiny 1 will be built upon more and more in terms of story, missions, raids and other gameplay elements.
Only time will tell how the game will fare after the news that Bungie’s President Harold Ryan steps down after 16 years became public. Hopefully, for current Destiny fans, the game will still gain new missions and gameplay modes in this year of 2016.