Bungie alters the course of Destiny’s fate


-James Orr

For fans disappointed with the current Valentine’s event in Destiny (and there are many) there is good news! In a recent Bungie news update, community manager ‘DeeJ’ announced that the next and significantly larger update is coming in the American spring (our autumn).

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“What’s ‘autumn’? Don’t you mean ‘fal-‘” “SILENCE, FOOL!”

The content features: “a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.” Yes, five months after the last expansion we finally know that more content and progression is coming. But that’s not all! DeeJ also stated that the team is currently working on both a larger expansion for release later this year as well as a sequel for release in 2017.

Due to the leaked contract in 2012, most people had expected Destiny 2 to release in September this year, but as Kotaku reported last month, it had been delayed due to the shake-up with Destiny’s content schedule.

So what content is actually coming in the next update, expansion, and sequel? Nobody knows, but we can take some educated guesses. Considering that the autumn update will increase the Light level cap, it’s possible that players will receive a new raid or raid-tier activity, such as the ‘Prison of Elders’ in House of Wolves. This is because in every previous expansion the primary way to receive top tier gear (at least at first) was through raids. But now events such as Iron Banner, Trials of Osiris, and the currently running Crimson Days all award top level equipment, meaning that events may be Bungie’s main method of distribution for the foreseeable future.

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Crimson Days, Bungie’s tribute to their blood contract with Activision.

In regards to the major expansion later in the year, there’s little to go on as even its announcement has caught most people off-guard. We don’t even know if it’s a paid expansion or a free update such as the one arriving in autumn. All I’d be willing to suggest is that if it’s paid content, it will likely be on the same level as The Taken King, and if it’s free, it’s probably the same as the autumn update.

Though there is some juicy gossip in regards to the sequel. Word is a significant part of The Taken King was cut. Supposedly, more Mars missions and environments were planned for the expansion, including a new social space akin to the Tower and Reef, as well as a Cabal themed raid. But these features were cut for time and rescheduled to be a part of Destiny’s sequel, then slated for 2016.

So there’s a strong chance we’ll finally be getting a significant amount of non-Hive or Fallen centric content in 2017. Heck, it’s even possible that it’s part of this year’s expansion. But don’t hold your breath on that. Just as you think Destiny’s giving you what you want, you look at your wallet to find you’ve spent your money on a Jazz-hands emote.

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Though, it’s a pretty great emote.

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