The next evolution of Destiny 2 has been pushed by two weeks to a new release date of October 1.

The upcoming expansion Shadowkeep, free-to-play version of Destiny 2 titled New Light, and Steam release were slated to release September 17, however Bungie has confirmed on its blog that the team "just need a bit of extra time."

"Being independent means that the future of Destiny 2 is entirely on our team," noted Destiny 2 director Luke Smith and general manager Mark Noseworthy. "It also means that we’re agile enough to choose to do what's best for the game and our players, even if it's the hard choice."

Shadowkeep and New Light mark the new direction taken by the developer since its split with Activision, with the base game being available for free, while expansions are available à la carte.

The delay will now see the new raid Garden of Salvation go live on Saturday, October 5. The game's Moments of Triumph event is also being extended through to September 17 – giving players an additional three weeks to complete challenges and claim their rewards.

One upside is that the cross-save feature is still on track to release "later this summer" (read: winter for us southern hemisphere folks) so players can continue progress on the same characters across multiple platforms.

Finally, an additional Iron Banner event will be run through the week of September 17 – so at least those that have already booked leave will have something to do.