Next week will be the beginning of the end for the original Destiny, as Bungie will be taking the Destiny servers offline in order to prepare for Destiny 2. Fortunately the downtime won’t be long, but it will still be happening around a month before Destiny 2 releases on the PS4 and Xbox One.
The servers will be taken down on August 8 at 8 in the morning Pacific Time, and will be down for around four hours. Thankfully this is apparently one of the less active parts of the week, and the downtime will be to perform some server maintenance in order to get ready for the influx of Destiny 2 players.
Destiny 2 has had a great deal of interest from various players, with there being more pre-orders and beta participants than the original game. If Destiny 2’s servers can’t handle all of those new players at once, the game may have a bad start like The Division, where people had to start queueing outside of the first mission area in order to avoid crashing the game. Hence the maintenance that will require taking the Destiny servers offline.
The Destiny 2 beta also had a few issues with various bugs that kept people from playing, though otherwise that seemed fairly stable. The technical issues also didn’t stop a lot of people from playing the beta, more than enough to make the beta larger than the original Destiny one.
Destiny 2 will be coming out on September 6 of this year, so you’ve still got around five weeks to prepare for it and say your goodbyes to the Tower and all your stuff. If you’re on the PC, you’ll be able to play the Destiny 2 beta yourself later this month, since that version of the game comes out on October 10.
In the meantime, you can continue to play and grind in Destiny like the dedicated playerbase has been doing for the past three years, just not on August 8 when they’re taking the Destiny servers offline.