Destiny 2 Game Director Joe Blackburn Announces Retirement Ahead of The Final Shape Release


  • Destiny 2 Game Director Joe Blackburn retires before “The Final Shape” expansion release in June 2024.
  • Tyson Greene will lead Destiny 2 after creating exotic weapons for Destiny 1 and Halo PvP mode.
  • Players await the epic conclusion of the expansion as Blackburn takes a social media break.


In a surprising announcement, Destiny 2 Game Director Joe Blackburn has revealed his retirement from Bungie, just months before the highly anticipated expansion, “The Final Shape,” is set to release. 

The upcoming expansion is expected to mark the conclusion of the ongoing Light vs. Darkness saga that has captivated Destiny 2 players for the past few years.

The final shape expansion was delayed to June 2024

Originally slated for a February 2024 release, “The Final Shape” expansion faced unforeseen circumstances that led to its delay until June 2024. Despite this setback, the Destiny 2 community has been eagerly awaiting the epic conclusion to the game’s evolving storyline, which is now closer than ever to realization.

In a heartfelt and emotional post, Joe Blackburn expressed his gratitude to the development team at Bungie for their unwavering dedication to creating a game that has captured the hearts of players worldwide. 

Blackburn stated, “Heading into this milestone, I’ve gotten to play 100s of hours of The Final Shape, and 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.”

Leadership transition to Tyson Greene

While Joe Blackburn will not depart immediately, he has announced that he will pass the torch to Tyson Greene in February, coinciding with the end-to-end testing phase for “The Final Shape” expansion. 

Tyson Greene, a well-respected figure within Bungie, has played pivotal roles in crafting Exotic weapons for Destiny 1 and developing the PvP mode in the iconic Halo series.

Joe Blackburn’s break from social media

In addition to his retirement, Joe Blackburn revealed his intention to take a substantial break from social media. However, he reassured Destiny 2 enthusiasts that he plans to continue playing the game and interacting with fellow players within the Tower. Blackburn remarked, “I’ve still got some time before I pass the torch, but as I look forward to taking a big break from social media, I know I’ll see y’all around the Tower. It will be great to play Destiny alongside all of you.”

The future of Destiny 2 under Tyson Greene’s leadership

With Joe Blackburn’s impending departure, Destiny 2 players and the gaming community are eager to witness the direction the game will take under the leadership of Tyson Greene. 

Greene’s past contributions to the gaming industry and his involvement in developing Destiny 2’s predecessors have garnered him respect and intrigue as he steps into this pivotal role.

As Destiny 2 continues to evolve and expand its universe, fans can anticipate new experiences, challenges, and adventures. The destiny of the Guardians in this ongoing saga remains uncertain. Still, one thing is certain: the Destiny 2 community eagerly awaits the epic conclusion of “The Final Shape” expansion and the new era under Tyson Greene’s direction.

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