Bungie reportedly lays off staff, delays Marathon and Destiny 2: The Final Shape

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Bungie
ORG

has reportedly laid off an unknown number of staffers and delayed

two
CARDINAL

highly anticipated games.

Bloomberg
ORG

’s

Jason Schreier
PERSON

reports that the studio’s CEO,

Pete Parsons
PERSON

, warned staffers they would hear “some news today” while announcing a team meeting later on

Monday
DATE

to “discuss

today
DATE

’s events.”

Meanwhile, the studio has reportedly delayed the Destiny

2
CARDINAL

expansion, The Final

Shape
PRODUCT

, and the studio’s next game,

Marathon
PRODUCT

.

Sony
ORG

completed its deal

last year
DATE

to buy

Bungie
ORG

for

$3.6 billion
MONEY

.

Well… my heart is breaking for all affected

I am now looking for opportunities. I have

21 years
DATE

of games industry experience in media, production, and community management. I’m processing,I’m so heartbroken. I don’t know what to do from here… this was my home. I feel so lost —

Liana Ruppert
PERSON

(

@DirtyEffinHippy
ORG

)

October 30,
DATE

2023

According to

Bloomberg
ORG

,

Bungie
ORG

delayed Destiny

2
CARDINAL

: The Final Shape to

June
DATE

from its original target of

February 27, 2024
DATE

. While not necessarily the end of Destiny 2, the expansion will serve as a resolution, wrapping up its main story’s loose ends. In addition, the studio has pushed back the release date for extraction shooter

Marathon
PRODUCT

to

2025
DATE

. That title, rebooting an IP from a

1990s
DATE

Mac cult classic, is

Bungie
ORG

’s attempt to re-establish itself as a force in the modern gaming industry beyond Destiny.


Sony
ORG

has joined much of the gaming industry (and the tech world at large) in laying off staff

this year
DATE

.

Naughty Dog, Media Molecule
ORG

and

PlayStation’s Visual Arts
PRODUCT

support team have all faced cuts recently. In addition,

Epic Games
ORG

cut around 900 staff members in

September
DATE

, and CD

Projekt Red
ORG

announced in

July
DATE

it would lay off

about 100
CARDINAL

people. Niantic,

Telltale
ORG

,

EA
ORG

and

Unity
ORG

have also let go of workers in

2023
DATE

.

When reached by

Engadget
ORG

’s

Kris Holt
PERSON

for comment, a

Bungie
ORG

spokesperson pointed us to the following post on X (formerly

Twitter
PERSON

) from Parsons:


Today
DATE

is

a sad day
DATE

at

Bungie
ORG

as we say goodbye to colleagues who have all made a significant impact on our studio. What these exceptional individuals have contributed to our games and

Bungie
ORG

culture has been enormous and will continue to be a part of

Bungie
ORG

long into the future. — pete parsons (

@pparsons
ORG

)

October 30,
DATE

2023

Update,

October 30, 2023
DATE

,

4:43 PM ET
TIME

: This story has been updated to add

Bungie
ORG

’s response.