In a shocking reveal, Destiny 2 chief game director Joe Blackburn have announced his departure from the role. The position will now be taken over by an old Bungie staff, Tyson Green.
Over the years, Blackburn have worked on several expansions and raids in Destiny 2. He will be leaving the position after an End-to-End playtest for Destiny 2’s next expansion, The Final Shape.
He previously parted ways with Bungie back in 2019 to join Riot Games. However, he was back at the helm in 2020 as the lead game director on Destiny 2. As of now, he has now revealed his future plans.
“What the world-class talent here at Bungie has created has quickly become one of the things I’m most proud to have worked on throughout my career,” he said in his statement.
Who is Tyson Green?
Tyson Green is one of the oldest members of Bungie. He has worked on several of its titles including Halo, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo: Reach. Green mostly worked on the game design team on multiple missions and even created the Firefight mode.
After Bungie left Microsoft and Halo, Green worked on Destiny. Blackburn said that Green has been a “critical part of Bungie’s legacy” and the Destiny franchise is in safe hands.
Bungie is already under pressure
Bungie is one of the legendary video game studios. This Halo franchise was one of the biggest games both in player count and esports. Destiny was also fairly popular.
However, in recent months, the studio has been under harsh scrutiny. Their last expansion did not meet player expectations. The studio reportedly used over $1.5 billion from their $3.6 billion Song deal.
Their upcoming expansion was also delayed at the last moment for further improvement. However, the fans are hopeful for a memorable end to Destiny's light and dark saga.