The third year of Destiny 2 saw some changes in the way Bungie approached the live game’s seasonal content. Throughout this year, seasons have seen new story beats and activities show up for a few months, then disappear with the start of a new season. Bungie is changing parts of that approach in the game’s fourth year, allowing you to play seasonal activities for longer.
Bungie detailed the shift in its latest This Week at Bungie blog post. Starting with Season 12, which will mark the start of Destiny 2’s Year 4, Bungie will make seasonal activities, story quests, and rewards persist through the entire year.
That’s in contrast to the approach Bungie tried in Year 3 with its current batch of seasons. In another blog post, director Luke Smith explained that Bungie hoped to make Destiny feel like an evolving experience with its current approach. Storylines unfold over seasons, which give rise to specific activities. Those storylines wrap up at the end of the season and set up the story for the next, and the specific activities that go with each season–and their various loot rewards–vanish as well.